Did you really drive *that* quickly 'back in the day'?

Did you really drive *that* quickly 'back in the day'?

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Magnum 475

1,364 posts

86 months

Wednesday 20th May
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I think most people of my generation had a period of driving faster than is considered acceptable today. I passed my test in 88, and the accepted view then was '40 in a 30 limit is OK - police won't bother you for that'. On a motorway, plod wouldn't be interested in anyone doing < 90.

As a previous poster mentioned, it's all changed since Tony Blair. His 'speed kills' bullst message has totally changed the attitude to driving in this country. His message should have been 'crap driving and poor anticipation' kill, but you only have to look at some f the 'bad drivers' on youtube to realise that crap driving and poor anticipation are everywhere on our roads. There are two solutions: either train drivers much better, or lower the speed limits. Guess which one is easier to do??

Max_Torque

14,970 posts

171 months

Wednesday 20th May
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I started to work for a client in MK in 2000, and the drive from my house is 16 miles cross country of 60 limit B road, going through 3 small villages on the way, each with a short (around 100m) 30 mph limit at the villages entrance / exit. To get to them for 8.00am mean't leaving at around 7.40am typically, it was easy to average 60, by doing about 65 in the national speed limit section and 30 in the 30's.



Today to do the same journey to the same client from the same house, i need to leave home at no later than 7.15am and preferably a bit before to ensure i get their before 8.00am! The B roads now have sections of 50 limit, each village has a huge 30 mph zone and now 40mph zones that extend out for 1 mile each side. But the big change is the weight of traffic. In 2001, you'd catch a car, and just overtake it. Today, it's a line of cars, nose to tail no room to overtake, and typically, some twunt at the front who, probably in the name of road safety, or through total incompetence, thinks 32 mph is the perfect speed to drive on a national speed limit road in the middle of nowhere.

So that's 60 mph average speed to 20mph average speed in 20 years. Even driving car that can hit deep into 3 figures when extended it makes no difference to how long it takes to get somewhere, simply because there is nowhere to extend it.......

shirt

19,534 posts

155 months

Wednesday 20th May
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I think it just felt quicker in stty old cars, nothing I owned ‘back in the day’ was remotely quick.

Recently did a journey which google maps tells me is 105km in 35mins, or an average 180kph (112mph). Didn’t think that was too shabby given the no. Of speed cameras, the route and the level of traffic &#128513;

MC Bodge

13,209 posts

129 months

Wednesday 20th May
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Furiously, yes. Smoothly, er, less so...

Even 20-25 years ago drives were often far better, especially cross country (and I get fewer opportunities these days) . There was less traffic, fewer traffic lights and speed limits were usually NSL outside of towns. Motorways could be driven at high average speeds if you tried.

In the 90s, gatsos were being introduced, but quite rare and everybody quickly knew where they were.

If you live somewhere quiet, with good roads you can still do some entertaining driving.


matchmaker

6,948 posts

154 months

Wednesday 20th May
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biggbn said:
njw1 said:
Yes, I used to drive like an absolute tool in my late teens and early twenties, I've found that as I've gotten older I think 'what if' a lot more so despite my cars getting faster and faster my driving has become slower on most roads.
This 100%
Absolutely! Add in the fact that the primary and secondary safety features of a 1964 Vitesse were pretty non-existent, I'm probably lucky to be alive eekeek

RDMcG

14,905 posts

161 months

Wednesday 20th May
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Dave Hedgehog said:
RDMcG said:
I remember when the PH logo included “speed matters”.

Now it is “safety first”
Perhaps the site should be renamed Transport Implements Forumsmile

J4CKO

30,225 posts

154 months

Wednesday 20th May
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I cringe at some of the stuff I used to do, had not that fast cars and made them go as quickly as I could, now have fast ones I have to reign in all the time.


Arnold Cunningham

1,066 posts

207 months

Wednesday 20th May
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Totally.

Justin Case

1,405 posts

88 months

Wednesday 20th May
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When did 5 speed gearboxes and ohc engines become more common? I remember that in the 70s and possibly early 80s, 4 speed gearboxes and engines that ran out of steam at comparatively low revs were the norm and ruled out high speed for most small or family sized cars. Both of those tended to fade away when motorways became more widespread, but I wonder if this was when more 'spirited ' driving became more possible for us mere mortals?

Edited by Justin Case on Wednesday 20th May 16:24

MC Bodge

13,209 posts

129 months

Wednesday 20th May
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Justin Case said:
When did 5 speed gearboxes and ohc engines become more common? I remember that in the 70s and possibly early 80s, 4 speed gearboxes and engines that ran out of steam at comparatively low revs were the norm and ruled out high speed for most small or family sized cars. Both of those tended to fade away when motorways became more widespread, but I wonder if this was when more 'spirited ' driving became more possible for us mere mortals?
Mid-80s.

My Dad had a Mk2 Cavalier which was considered to perform well for a 1.6. It would do "The Ton", quite frequently.

scottyfocus

83 posts

36 months

Wednesday 20th May
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Bloody nuts when you think about it. The fastest journey i've ever done was Manchester back to home (Durham) think it was about 185 miles or so.

Took less than an hour and a half. The missus slept the whole way back and i just had my earphones in. I....cringe when i think about it really, but the one thing i remember was being shocked at how fast people drove 'down south'. I didn't drop below 130 for ages but was still overtaken by loads of cars. Think it was about 10pmish.

InitialDave

6,546 posts

73 months

Wednesday 20th May
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njw1 said:
Yes, I used to drive like an absolute tool in my late teens and early twenties, I've found that as I've gotten older I think 'what if' a lot more so despite my cars getting faster and faster my driving has become slower on most roads.
Exactly this.

I also hope I'll be philosophical about it if I ever get popped for a minor bit of speeding, and bear in mind what I've gotten away with all those years ago.

vixen1700

12,265 posts

224 months

Wednesday 20th May
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Yes, regular 'fast' hehe racing in my MGBGT round the North Circular in the mid-80s taking my girlfriend home to Southgate.

Got to Chandlers Ford from South Mimms in under an hour one Saturday night in an MG Metro. laugh

MC Bodge

13,209 posts

129 months

Wednesday 20th May
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scottyfocus said:
Bloody nuts when you think about it. The fastest journey i've ever done was Manchester back to home (Durham) think it was about 185 miles or so.

Took less than an hour and a half. The missus slept the whole way back and i just had my earphones in. I....cringe when i think about it really, but the one thing i remember was being shocked at how fast people drove 'down south'. I didn't drop below 130 for ages but was still overtaken by loads of cars. Think it was about 10pmish.
Manc to Durham more like 130-140miles.

A mate once did Durham to Sheffield in little more than an hour. I was a passenger. He got into the habit of such autobahnesque behaviour and did get caught eventually.

Rich1973

920 posts

131 months

Wednesday 20th May
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Mansfield - Bristol or the other way at 90mph every time in the mid 90's. Would join the motorway, get to 90mph and stay there until coming off at the other end. Door to door in less than 2 hours was a regular occurance. No chance nowadays with traffic & cameras.

scottyfocus

83 posts

36 months

Wednesday 20th May
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MC Bodge said:
Manc to Durham more like 130-140miles.

A mate once did Durham to Sheffield in little more than an hour. I was a passenger. He got into the habit of such autobahnesque behaviour and did get caught eventually.
I'm a northerner mate once i get south of leeds its all the same to me. Was actually Stoke to Durham ha. But anyway it was ridiculous. Surely its a risk doing them speeds for so long, like wasn't there a chance of my tyres blowing up?

DaveL485

2,745 posts

151 months

Wednesday 20th May
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Yes. I drove like I was indestructible - and I got caught a lot too as evidenced by my points history frown

Calmed down a bit when the kids arrived!

Fatball

391 posts

13 months

Wednesday 20th May
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I drove way too quickly for the conditions/certain roads back then.

stevebear

86 posts

118 months

Wednesday 20th May
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Yep, looking back surprised I didn't have a serious accident. I used to thrash my Lada 1600 with a webber carb I had fitted and lean it everywhere, what a knob I must've looked!

Then in the early 1990's I would get use of a mates Vaux Cav GSI 2000 and his petrol card (he travelled overseas a lot with work) and would regularly chance overtaking a long line of traffic on the A339 between Basingstoke and Newbury going to and from work.
If you know the road it's been the scene of many a prang, usually serious, over the years.

Said mate then had a Calibra 4x4 turbo which again I would get use of but by then I was going up and down the M3 for work.
Very late one night I thought 'this has gotta be done' and hit the M3.... As I recall the speedo over read by about 5% beyond the ton but the trip computer was pretty accurate I think, just kept resetting the average speed and watch it get higher and higher.

StuntmanMike

6,575 posts

105 months

Wednesday 20th May
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stevebear said:
Yep, looking back surprised I didn't have a serious accident. I used to thrash my Lada 1600 with a webber carb I had fitted and lean it everywhere, what a knob I must of looked.
I had a mate who had a Lada in the late eighties.
We all took the piss but the speed he could get places in it was something else rofl