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Old 07-13-2000, 08:03 PM
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How much is this going to cost me?

135 mph in a 500 E.

120 in a new CLK 430 (Richmond International Raceway)

145 mph in a '71 E-Type Jag V-12

145 in a '64 midnight blue Vette & about the same in a '64 GTO, 397 Chevy SS ... college days! We could go through a set of tires in 3,000 miles.

90 mph in our 300 D. Roger, I'm very impressed with your 87 in a 240 D!!

105 in our '85 2.3-16. The owners manual says it will do 143.

a very accurate 115 mph in my 1960 190 SL. The RCMP dashboard recoding device said 113.

100 mph in a 504 Peugeot.

59 mph in a 10 passenger Land Rover 110 Diesel (down hill).
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Old 07-13-2000, 09:27 PM
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Robby - did you just not have an opportunity to go faster in the 2.3-16?

Wow - you've made good time in some great cars! How terrifying were the GTO and Jag runs? Corvette?
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Old 07-14-2000, 12:25 AM
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Re the 2.3-16, the judge in this part of Virginia charges $50 for each 1 mph over 81. A friend of mine is facing a $2000 fine.

145 mph in the Vette was done at night, on a two-lane Carolina country road with tungston sealed beam headlights. Need I say more relative to the driving experience.

145 in the Jag, well we covered 60 miles in 25 minutes. Overtaking the few cars on the highway was like approaching a car on a two-lane road. Sometimes I'm amazed I made it past 30 years of age.

My brother was driving the jag one day when he engaged a vette in an impromptu race on a short street that led into the city landfill. The Vette has better brakes. My brother couldn't stop the jag and left the exhaust system and a few other parts behind in the landfill.

The Peugeot 504 was the best balanced car in that group of '60s and '70s autos. It cornered better than the jag and with its independent suspension and Michelin XAS tires was years ahead of many cars. I remember running flat out down this long hill on a Carolina county road in the 504. Got to the bottom and mid-way across this arched bridge the car went airborne and came down on the road in the middle of an intersection where this elderly lady in a Ford Galaxy was stopped at a stop sign. It touched down on the highway and kept on going without any fuss at all. For the past 20 years the car has been collecting dust in our barn. My kids do understand why I still hold onto it.
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Old 07-14-2000, 09:40 PM
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I ran the Beaujolais Run three times between 1988 and 1991 (basically a Cannonball Run across France by Brits with wine!)

In 1988 flat out in a UK spec.(225 hp) '75 450SL- 145 mph.

In 1990 150 mph in an '84 500SEC (240 hp).

In 1991 over 165 mph- in a 1987 560SEC (UK spec. 300hp, ran off the end of the speedo!

Each time was a great trip, drove from Beaujolais region to Calais (430 approx. miles) as quickly as possible!

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Old 07-15-2000, 03:46 AM
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My fastest was in my 500E - 140 - sweet smell afterward!

Scariest - now that I know better - in high school I took a '75 CJ5, dropped in a Chevy 350 shortblock, edelbrock torkers, holly 900, rancho suspension, Detroit lockers front and rear. Full road cage with racing harnesses. I got her up to 115 once However, imagine front wheels engaged, in first, pop the clutch and power **** down to second! It was brutal off the line!

Make it a Good One!
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Old 07-15-2000, 08:31 PM
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My fastest was 132 in my 1972 280SE. Perhaps came close with my wife driving my late 90 Acura Integra, but I was sleeping. She told me she had it at "at least 100" for most of my nap. From a fillup to low fuel light in four hours
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Old 07-18-2000, 12:05 AM
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Sounds like we've all had some fun times here! To a note to this thread, the fastest I have ever been in a car was 152mph in my BMW 745i Turbo. I had my 6.9 up to 141mph (which was smooth as silk, BTW) and have been rocketed from 70mph to 140+mph in a friend's Audi 200 Turbo which was highly modified with a KKK turbo running 22Lbs of boost! Yikes!!

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'67 250SE Cabriolet
'77 450SL
'80 300SD
'85 380SE
'86 420SEL
'89 420SEL
'93 300E 2.8
'74 Jensen Interceptor Mk.III
'81 DeLorean DMC12
'84 BMW 745i Turbo
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Old 07-21-2000, 02:05 AM
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86 300E (current car), passing 142 mph indicated before having to slow down for traffic-Germany

86 560SEC 300hp nonKat exhaust (factory stock,one of the last years this was available), 268 kph indicated on AMG speedo.
Attached and then overtaken by a Testarossa.
Saddly not my car-Germany

92 320i - 2 litre, 6 cylinder, 150hp - 205kph
Could have gone a little faster, but was told
by a toll taker to SLOW DOWN.-France

91 Opel Vectra - 2 litre, 4 cylinder, 16v, 150hp - 200 kph indicated.-Hungary, Austria,

88 VW Jetta - 115 mph indicated-USA.

83 VW Jetta - as fast as it would go; speedo
only went to 85mph. - Nevada, USA.

79 528i - 120 mph indicated, had a little more.-USA.

79 911SC - 125 mph indicated, had more. - USA

78 300D - 95 mph indicated on flat ground numerous times. Radio not loud enough when doing this.-USA.

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Old 07-21-2000, 11:37 AM
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Did anybody ever see that video tape on TV of some guy in Japan videotaping himself as he ran his Ferrari F355 to near 300 km on some expressway That wasn't you was it HKOH Apparently he was arrested and fined after the video got in the wrong hands. I must say the car looked unbelievably steady at that speed. He was passing moving cars the same way we would pass parked cars on the side of a highway. Fastest I went was in a Volvo 850GLT (S70) 120mph on the French autobahn to England, had too many people in the car I guess I intend to return on my own one day!
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Old 07-22-2000, 06:44 AM
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Ive been a passenger in a 92 600SEL (first one in the UK!) as it bounced off the limiter at 155mph. My dad was driving at the time. Scary part was, it was on a gravel driveway (big ass manor house driveway)

Fastest I've driven is an indicated 148mph in my 300CE. Both on a British motorway, and on French autoroute (wow those are smooth!)

I have to say tho, my 300CE felt awefully light at that speed. Not fun. Images of the car fishtailing and sliding sidewards into the oncoming traffic, closing on them at near 250mph made me lose my nerve and slow down!!

Most scary was probably being catapulted to 130mph in my friends Subaru Impreza Turbo. 240bhp in a lightweight car. VERY quick.


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Old 07-22-2000, 09:57 AM
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In Germany I went 224kph in a Opel Senator 3.0 (I think) it was floored. Over here, half a dozen cars @100mph or so...scariest at 100mph was an old '76 Malibu talk about floating. The least scary is my 300D. The most annoying is my other car...I am sure I have gone past 100mph, but the stupid friggin speedo starts flashing at 85 and won't tell me squat I suppose if a Trooper ever asks me how fast I was going, I honestly won't be able to say!

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Old 07-22-2000, 11:21 AM
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In the 500E between 145-150 on the way to Willow Springs on Highway 14.

On the track, at Daytona our 3.8 RSR was trimmed out to a bit over 170. Finished 13th overall in '98.

Our Tyrrell is geared for a bit over 185, which I saw on the back straight at Road Atlanta at practice at this year's Walter Mitty BOSS challenge. Broke a suspension piece on the curb coming out of the slow corner that leads onto the back straight (7?), so we didn't run in the race, though.

A bit over 140 on my Ducati 916.

A bit over 190 in Dick Trickle's backup Winston Cup car in a test in Charlotte a number of years back.

Top speeds are OK, but I guess getting around a track, for me, is a better measure of both the car and the driver. I guarantee that Lime Rock looks a LOT different in the 49's than it does at 59; Watkins Glen looks a Lot different at 1:52 than it does at 2:05 (and that's an Atlantic, not the big car), and Willow Springs--one of the highest average speed tracks in the States--looks a LOT different at 1:10 than it does at 1:35, thought the 1:35 still seems pretty quick.

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Old 07-22-2000, 05:46 PM
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Boy does this thread bring back the memories of my irresponsible teenage years! Those where the days when every car I drove, recieved its very own Top Speed run usually at night on a deserted road. Lets see;

84' Maxima - I think 125mhp
85' Maxima - 131mhp
72' Mustang w/351 Cleveland - Got it to 130-135mhp racing a Camero, boy that guy was LUCKY when he didn't kill himself. Tread came of the tire and wrapped around his axle at 120, amazingly it did not blow and roll the car!

88' Mustang - Highly modified for drag strip duty, with my Brother driving and my Dad in the front seat, 145mhp indicated, and a little more left in the motor.

92' Integra GSR - 133mhp, that was slightly down hill, that car was fun. P.S. Dont ever use the flushing solutions for oil changes, caused a crank knock immediately after doing this.

Haven't had the chance to run the C280 out of breath yet, these Washington troopers are very good at nabbing me for speeding, so I'll have to plan a run late at night out in the middle of nowhere.

Happy Motoring to All!

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Old 07-30-2000, 11:50 PM
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1,040 mph in a faily stock Lockeed F-104. And this was 25 years ago...

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Old 08-18-2000, 10:49 AM
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I do not know if the Speedo is not properly functioning on the car. But, on I-10 in Florida between Tallahassee and Jacksonville on my way home from school at about 2 in the morning. If I am under a half a tank of gas I can punch 100 on the Speedo and the car keeps kicking. I can not maintain this speed for long but I can maintain about 95-97 on the dash. I have a 1983 240D with a new engine I have put 14,000 on it. I have done between 125-130 in my dadís 1989 300E on back roads in NC. I have almost posted similar times with my mom 1993 190E 2.6. But the best is in my sisters 1986 325 I clicked off about 135. Needless to say I was scared crapless when I hit some loose gravel. The only time I do this is when we first get a car and I take it on back road just to see what she can do. This March going to SC in my fathers 300E on 95 south I was passed by what I believe to be a newer model yellow Ferrari. I was doing 100 on cruise, I was passed like a blue hair driving a Caddy in the right lane. I did not bother to even try to attempt to catch it to see what it was The car passed me so fast all I saw was a yellow streak. The car was so low I never saw it until it got in front of me but I definitely heard that beautiful purrrrrrrrr.
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