February 21st, 2005
|jimbojones||12:28 pm - meme sheepage (blame five_speed)|
Ten things I've done that you probably haven't:
1) worked on archaeological and paleontological digs
2) DJ'ed at radio stations
3) evaded a police officer at > 140MPH
4) operated a nuclear reactor
5) started my own business on zero notice
6) had my own Lowbrow Moment told to me in real life by somebody who didn't know that was me
7) been fired for *not* sexually harassing a co-worker
8) eaten a tamarind-paste-and-peanut-butter sandwich on camera
9) fallen asleep standing up, without leaning on anything or falling down
10) had an NIS (Naval Investigative Service) file compiled on me
Current Mood: workavoidingish
Current Music: Eminem - Evil Deeds
Don't bet on running in a Cobra, Levente... unless it's like my situation, and the cop was already going the other way and you were already at (very) high speed.
The only way you can really win a police pursuit is by losing sight of the cop completely, and being FAR enough out of sight that he has no way of knowing where you turned when you turn. And that ain't gonna happen in a stern chase... probably not even if you're on a crotchrocket, DEFINITELY not if you're in another four wheeled vehicle.
What you have to remember is that you not only have to go (a LOT) faster than the cop, you have to do it QUICKLY... 'cause if you take more than three or four minutes to lose the cop, you're not outrunning a car, you're outrunning a radio. =)
(This is why that one time was the only time I've ever attempted to elude a cop. If he'd had any damn sense at all, he'd have waited until he was out of my sight, turned around, and THEN nailed it - and not turned his lights on until he was doing at least 90MPH himself.)
Oh yeah, and I was driving a 1977 Plymouth Fury sedan that I'd modified mildly but thoroughly - 3/4 cam, rebuilt heavy-duty transmission, performance lifters, dual exhaust and flowmasters, and last but sure as hell not least, Holley aftermarket fuel injection. Also 255/60/15 Dunlop GT Qualifiers, and aftermarket super-stiff shocks. Still had the factory 2.71 gears, so she wasn't much off the line, but she REALLY came into her own on the highway.
Mint green, dark green landau vinyl top, looked like it just came out of Granny's garage (which was pretty much exactly the case). "Sleeper" defined, but when you really stuck your foot in it and broke loose both of the rears when you shifted into second... at 52 mph... it reaaaaalllly got people's attention. =)
Actually she topped out somewhere, as far as I could guesstimate, around 145-150 - I only had a 120mph speedometer in it, so that guesstimation was gotten by my buddy Roy driving side-by-side with me and watching his own 180mph speedo. The problem wasn't brute power or engine revs so much as simple aerodynamics - Furies had big square grills on 'em. Big everything on 'em, really. The turbulence was HARSH all the way up at the very top end.
Haven't had that car for ... I guess something like 7 or 8 years now. I let somebody talk me into replacing the Pro-jection with a Holley 4-bbl carb, only to find out that I was right and they were wrong - the car was never anywhere near as much fun again. =\ I eventually sold it to a friend for a few hundred bucks, after some idiots in a stolen car rammed it in a parking lot. It just wasn't as much fun anymore when it started looking like a beater, from being rammed in a parking lot, instead of looking totally showroom-floor cherry from living all its life in a garage (it had less than 20,000 miles on it when I got it from my grandmother, in the early nineties).
The guy I sold it to finished it off inside six months - he was something of a lunatic; I have no idea what the fuck he actually did, but he literally drove the WHEELS off of it. One wheel, anyway - he snapped an axle. Don't ask me how.
I drive a Neon now. Don't really have the time or want to spend the money on UBAR FAST when all it'll accomplish is making me want to do things that are highly illegal anyway. =\