How Fast Do You Drive?
Posted by Kyle L. Varnell (+3745) 12 years ago
Can you top this guy?

Cops clock man driving 137 mph in '93 Honda Civic
http://www.comcast.net/ar...icket.137/

Not have ever owned a Honda can somebody please tell me how in the name of God a 1993 vehicle can get to nearly 140mph?

The fastest I have ever gone was 115mph in a 1968 Mustang but 140?

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Posted by Major Pain (+201) 12 years ago
I just sold (last year, feels like just, though) my custom Suzuki Katana 1100 -- bored over, big carbs, appropriate rejetting, entirely custom, dyno-tuned exhaust and geared high; been to 170 on that. It's a little crazy; the front end wants to begin to float, and it "encourages" you to slow down ASAP. It had the power, but not the aerodynamics.



A much later design, The Suzuki Haybusa, in non-US (speed-restricted to 186 mph) form, is capable of 220mph.



Now that, I think, would be life-changing to experience. However, as the US version is intentionally crippled... I'd never buy one. If they got over that little bit of mommy-government-itis, it'd be worth the purchase and the ride to the salt flats to see what it all feels like. To me, anyway.

Also, my 1989 F-body Camaro can touch 140. Not even close to the same level of thrilling as a motorcycle is, though. I never drive it like that on the street or highway. In fact, I almost always drive the speed limit unless passing, which annoys the heck out of most Montana drivers. Oh well.



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Posted by Brian A. Reed (+6014) 12 years ago
Not have ever owned a Honda can somebody please tell me how in the name of God a 1993 vehicle can get to nearly 140mph?

That's easy ... drop it off a high enough cliff and it'll get to 140, no problem. It worked in the Blues Brothers.

I got my old '66 Coronet up to 160 mph once. When I did, the front end got very light and my steering went to nothing.

I backed off the throttle pretty quickly and never tried anything above 125 after that.
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Posted by MilesCity.com Webmaster (+10001) 12 years ago
Back in the 1985-1986 time span, I had a Mach I Mustang with a speedometer that I believe went to 130. In any case, I found myself with it directly in the 6 o'clock position ... which would have been about 140 MPH ... on a 2-lane highway I'd never been down before, west of Billings ... in the middle of the night.

At that speed the stopping distance is WAY, WAY, WAY longer than the brightest headlights shine. Not a very good idea. You can see where this is going.

To my dismay, I suddenly noticed a 90 degree right hand turn sign on the highway. I locked up the wheels, managed to slow it down enough to attempt taking the curve, but alas ... didn't make it ... went into the burrow pit, almost flipped, and in the process tore a tire off the rear driver side wheel.

Don't do that at home kids. Ever.

Currently I have a 1991 naturally aspirated 300Z that's been chipped up, the 155 MPH governor removed, the exhaust system replaced with high flow glass packs, high performance anti-sway bars installed, etc. It's not the fastest off the line, but from 60+, it is ... great for passing cars ... throw it down into 4th, hit the gas, and you're at 120 in an instant ... a quick shift to 5th and it's still begging to go. That's as far as I've taken it. It will probably do about 170 MPH, but now that I'm older, I don't really feel like getting dead or thrown in jail just to test that out.





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Posted by J. Dyba (+1350) 12 years ago
I've put a Hayabusa through its paces and it is an incredible machine. If I had ended up buying one I'd probably be dead today.

I've always preferred the 900rr from Honda for styling and *feel* but I definitely enjoyed riding the Hayabusa.

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Posted by daveb (+76) 12 years ago
I had a '99 VW Jetta VR6 that governed at 142. Kind of a chick car but it hauled @ss. I think 0-60 in 6.9 sec. The only car that I would not mess with at the time was the dreaded WRX. Dang those Subaru's are fast!
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Posted by Tucker Bolton (+3677) 12 years ago
I had a 56 Chevy once that would go so fast the headlights would only shine about two feet in front of the car.
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Posted by Brian A. Reed (+6014) 12 years ago
Pish posh! My car went so fast ... (how fast was it?)

... It was so fast that

Time.

Slowed.

Down.
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Posted by Schmitz - Matt (+402) 12 years ago
A very good friend has been a highway patrolman in Wyoming for the last 23 years or so. I called him on my way thru last summer, and he met us on the highway to give me a ride in his new car. The new Dodge Challenger I think. Maybe a Charger. We started out slowly, but he soon nailed it. In less time than it takes to say "Holy Sh**" we were doing about 145 or so. It felt like sitting on your couch at home. He thinks the only real dangerous thing about traveling that fast is that other drivers have no perspective of your speed. It's hard to tell looking at a car coming straight at you just how fast it may be going. So people constantly pull out in front of him. They may pull out a very long time before he gets there, at normal speed, but at 145 you cover ground fast. I felt quite safe knowing my friend is trained to drive that fast, and all in all, it was an exhilarating ride, and I would do it again in a heartbeat.
Me on the highway these days would probably piss off most people. When we were all paying stupid gas prices last summer, and I was gassing up at least every other day, I cut way back on the speed. At around 70 or so, I get about 3 mpg better in my Ford Ranger. And I have learned to enjoy the lower speeds. You can actually see some sights while driving around working.
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+11757) 12 years ago
You guys need to watch "Top Gear" on BBC America. 140 is child's play.
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Posted by Craig Bolton (+32) 12 years ago
Tucker is not kidding, really.
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Posted by Josh Rath (+2305) 12 years ago
Nice car MC WebM. My car isn't exactly a hotrod, but I am sure it is about even with your car. 2004 Dodge Stratus SXT 4cyl.



I'd say I have gotten 0 to 60 in about 5 seconds, but it really shines above 60, as the webmaster said about their car.
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Posted by MilesCity.com Webmaster (+10001) 12 years ago
Perhaps I'll take it out tomorrow with a video camera onboard and see how long it takes to go from 0 to 60.
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Posted by Maryann McDaniel (+249) 12 years ago
Okay, I am gonna tell you a family secret that was revealed about 4 years ago.

My husband's nephew is A.J. Foyt's son. True story. A.J.'s wife does not know this so don't talk about this outside this forum. (Ha, Ha). It is the absolute truth that A.J. finally revealed to son Jimmy four years ago. (By the way, Jimmy is an incredible businesman who outshines A.j!)

My husband is a retired police officer. They all drive fast. A.J Foyt's headquarters is in Waller, TX., where I am the school district's math coordinator. We live in Hockley, TX, in the same school district about 12 miles away. Foyt's headquarters are across the street from our disrict's middle school. This is the truth! My husband's father and A.J. Foyt's father were boat racers initially in the Houston area and became mechanics as partners for both boats and race cars. My husband's Aunt Virginia was a nationally recognized female boat racer in the 1940s.

My husband's driving scares me sometimes. I drive the speed limit, but am on the road alot. I have to go to Houston alot, about one hour away from Waller. Sometimes we stay at our lakehouse near Brenham and College Station which adds another hour.

I remember driving over 100 mph during the 1960s in Montana in vehicles I could not describe, but the drivers included Tim Stratton and Doug Larson. They could maybe fill you in about the vehicle used. Scared me to death!. Now I wish I could do same and not get stopped! My husband drives way over the limit and "badges" his way out because of his being a retired police officer. And he is also so well known in the Houston area. He has sold over 200,000 bulletproof clipboards for policemen that he invented when he was a patrol officer. Sometime I should share his stories about Elizabeth Taylor, President Johnson, etc.
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Posted by MilesCity.com Webmaster (+10001) 12 years ago
This is definately something not to try at home (filmed 1976 in France):

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Posted by Major Pain (+201) 12 years ago
"But, your honor, the light had dopplered to green!"

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Miles city webmaster, I see some thump in the back of that 300Z. Interested in seeing what I had in the back of my Camaro (until some lowlife made off with it last fall)?
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Posted by MilesCity.com Webmaster (+10001) 12 years ago
> Interested in seeing what I had in the back of my Camaro (until some lowlife made off with it last fall)?

Sure. That sucks you got ripped off though. I've got two completely independent alarm systems on my Z. Sometimes even I have a hard time getting into it.

The sound system has 7 speakers (2 Polk tweeters, 4 Bose speakers, and the subwoofer), the amp w/ a superbooster, and the receiver is a Pioneer with a removable LCD faceplate that just loves MP3 / WMA CDs.
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Posted by Brian A. Reed (+6014) 12 years ago
To answer the thread's initial question:

I tend to drive a few miles per hour in excess of the general flow of traffic, regardless of the posted speed limit.

Exceptions to this axiom are as follows:

1.) I don't speed at all in school zones.
2.) I don't speed in construction zones.
3.) I don't speed when I see a light bar on a vehicle.
4.) I don't speed at night.

Other than that, I tend to get where I'm going as quickly as I can without being reckless. And yes, I have had more than a couple speeding tickets (but I've never been in a wreck and I have NEVER driven while intoxicated).
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Posted by MilesCity.com Webmaster (+10001) 12 years ago
Basically what Brian said. I pretty much drive the speed limit too, unless I'm passing someone, or on an open highway and getting impatient. I haven't had a ticket in 15 years.
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Posted by Major Pain (+201) 12 years ago
Here's the Camaro's sound system:






In the well of the trunk are 12v car batteries. Those are connected to the A/B/AB/off marine switch you see at lower right center. This allows me to choose to run both the front battery and the rear set, and charge the rear set at the same time as the front battery from the car's high-current alternator. Or I can select just B, and run the audio system exclusively off the rear battery set. This is good when the car is off, that way you can't kill the front battery and be unable to drive away. Off is also good for maintenance; that 1 farad cap can melt a small screwdriver; once the batteries are disconnected, the cap can be discharged with a resistor in a few seconds.

To the lower left is a remote CD changer. The bar nearest the rear of the car is a blue fluorescent that lights the system at night; you can see that in the other picture. In the center is a high current custom choke that prevents alternator whine and such from getting into the amps. As you see it, it's been bypassed for a DB/power competition (it also limits total current.) I take the bridge off for normal use and for fidelity competitions.

Between the choke and the cap, basically no charging system noise reaches the amps or crossover. To the left of the choke is a 1 farad capacitor. This is not local bass power storage, the way these are usually used; instead it serves as smoothing for the choke's output, a different role entirely. Max draw ahead of the choke is a smoothed 140 amps with the alternator keeping the batteries at 13.8 volts, not high current compared to modern maxed out systems. When the choke is bypassed, the system will pull as much as 240 amps. The choke really does limit the total amount of power when its inline, but in return, you get really good fidelity... that's why it's there.

Extreme right and left are heavily modified custom power amps for the dual independent 15" subs running bridged at about 700 watts RMS each. So that's 1400 clean, continuous watts for bass bypassed, probably about a thousand available for peaks and perhaps 700 continuous with the choke inline.

On top, in the center, is a 2-channel, 3-way active crossover. Left and right of it are two-channel power amps. Each one drives a midrange and a tweeter.

The box itself has replaced the rear seat, and is mounted on a removable frame that comes out with a couple of bolts, allowing the seat to go back in.

For maintenance, the entire system lifts out of the frame with two handles, after detaching a few plugs and cables and moving the CD player. The frame is a custom steel welded assembly that prevents the box from going forward in case of an accident. In the box are two 15" subs in chambers isolated from one another (because they're independent), two sealed mids, and two sealed tweeters. Each of the six drivers has its own amp and individual feed, EQ and level from the active crossover.

The car has audio matting in all the doors and panels. I've had passengers ask me to turn it up with the windows closed, and then complain that their chests "felt funny" after getting a good thumping.

Me, I wear earplugs for that kind of craziness or else avoid being in the car entirely. I built it up for fun, not to make my eardrums meet in the middle. :-)

Anyway, the whole audio block is gone now, my "lift it out with two handles" design served some thief very well. This spring I'll be putting the seats back after I get them cleaned (they've been in storage since about 1992, which is when I started building this thing) and I think it'll be time to mount a Paxton blower and enjoy the car as a road warrior for a while. I'm really pretty fond of it.

Here's a shot of it set up with big feet for 1/4 mile:



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Posted by Bob Netherton (+1893) 12 years ago
I'd post pictures of my '95 Ford Escort, but that'd make too many people green with envy. Its a wagon, shocks and sruts broken, greenish blue paint peeling in places, body damage, poor mileage, one of the wipers tends to fly off when its windy, some kind of plastic thingy hanging from underneath plus it makes strange noises and I think something died in the heater vents. Other than that....IT ROCKS!
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Posted by MilesCity.com Webmaster (+10001) 12 years ago
Zero to 60 in my 300Z. Took this today. The Google Flash video quality isn't very good, so you can't see the speedometer and tachometer that well. I only made one run, and unfortunately the sun was also glaring off the camera/dashboard. I waited to make sure no one else was on the road. The first several seconds consisted of positioning the car, a quick rev, then took off at about 3,000 RPM. I cut the video clip at 60 MPH, so it is very short, but hit 80 an instant later and still wasn't out of 2nd gear. I know, I know ... I'm a very bad boy.

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Posted by Major Pain (+201) 12 years ago
From the sound of it, seems like you're starting out too hot -- burning a lot of rubber by putting that 3 grand right to the tires. I could be wrong, the video isn't very clear.

However, if you are, a lower RPM start and/or feather the clutch and you'll shorten that acceleration time. Spinning tires = lost traction; minimize that and you shorten the run. The trick is keeping the engine in the powerband the whole time, hence the technique of clutch feathering. It is, of course, very hard on the clutch.
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Posted by Chris Gamrath (+385) 12 years ago
As for me, I often had a '83 Ford fullsize orange and tan (banana) Bronco running about 90-95 up and down the old Broadus highway. Many trips back and forth to school were made this way early in the morning or early in the evening. Doesn't sound like much I know, but you have to include the deer, pheasants, skunks, raccoons, and/or the occasional porcupines that occupy the road too.

Nowadays though I tend to stay the proverbial "5 over" in most cases unless of course you're somewhere where it's obvious that you keep up with the flow of traffic or risk being run the hell over. I've always wondered how the patrolmen "pick" the poor s.o.b. they decide to bust for doing exactly what everyone else around them is doing. Things that make you go hmmmmmmm

Oh and Bob? Keep on a rollin' in the Escort wagon!! We have 2 at work we use for running up and down the roads on service calls. The '95 (greenish blue) is at 225K and counting and the '96 just hit 180K on the odometer. Both still run pretty well considering, and are in the low 30's on gas mileage. Sure I'd love to drive a "new" car, but it's hard to make the boss part ways with a 30+ mpg car given the recent ways of the world.
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Posted by M G (+194) 12 years ago


THIS IS HOW FAST I GO..........

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Posted by Brian Perkins (+24) 12 years ago
i sold my friend my 95 honda civic ex cause it was too slow for me in the quarter mile at billings, well he got the bright idea of test driving it one night in glendive, and from what the police officer told me when i went to the jail to pick him up was that the shut the radar off at 145+. and i thought it was slow.
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Posted by Bob Netherton (+1893) 12 years ago
The car might not be slow, but............
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Posted by Steve Craddock (+2732) 12 years ago
Dang those Subaru's are fast!

Unfortunately, this is not true of the Forester model, believe me.* But what they lack in speed, agility and economy (only 23 mpg hwy), they more than make up for in reliability and comfort** - and oh ya, they can go literally anywhere this side of 'straight up' with nary a thought.

* Doesn't really matter tho - I adher to a strict "8 mph over the limit" limit.

** Unfortunately, the stock stereo is pure crapola! Only Japanese car I've ever owned where that was the case.
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Posted by Brian A. Reed (+6014) 12 years ago
You drive a Forester, Steve? What year?
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Posted by Steve Craddock (+2732) 12 years ago
2001 with 110,000K on the odometer. Just had my first major repair - brakes and a wheel bearing. I think it's in need of another wheel bearing replacement. Other than those repairs and one blown speaker in the driver's door, it's been totally solid.
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Posted by Brian A. Reed (+6014) 12 years ago
2003 Forester here - 96K miles. No major problems - just replaced the belts and four new tires last week.

Blown speaker in driver's side door. Spooky. Don't tell me your car is blue, too. Back end covered with bumper stickers?
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Posted by Steve Craddock (+2732) 12 years ago
Nope. The blue Subaru with bumper stickers in MC belongs to Tucker and Glynna - but it's a ritzy Outback.
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Posted by Tucker Bolton (+3677) 12 years ago
Green! it's green you daft buggers.

240,000 miles and that's with two years on a burnt valve. They really do just keep on chuglang.
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Posted by Steve Craddock (+2732) 12 years ago
Tucker - MY car is green - yours is BLUE. Well, some folks say my car is gold, but they're obviously colorblind.
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Posted by MRH (+1489) 12 years ago
'but they're obviously colorblind'

Who is colorblind? I agree with Tucker!
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+17343) 12 years ago
You guys drive Subarus? Wow....I had no idea you were all lesbians.

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Posted by Steve Craddock (+2732) 12 years ago
THAT's Tucker's car. It really is. So, y'all can decide if that is blue or green. It don't make a sh-- er, BIT of difference to me....

As for the ladies from Bozeman, Subaru has an excellent Human Rights record and a FANTASTIC environmental record. Their factory in Louisiana recycles 99.8% of all materials, and absolutely NOTHING from the plant - not even paper towels - ends up in a landfill. So, I'm a proud owner/driver of Subarus.

I used to be a proud Volvo owner/driver because Volvo had the distinction of being the ONLY car manufacturer of not producing war vehicles or engines of any kind. Not even Saab could make that claim. Then Ford bought Volvo and shot that claim to fame all to hell.

Well, my hour of comp-time is almost up -- time to go make the donuts!
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Posted by Tucker Bolton (+3677) 12 years ago
Gunnar,

I can't pass this up. It is almost to simple. I bought the car used, from your mother.

It's you Mom's old car. Yes it is. Yup that's where I got it, Gunnars Mom. (sorry Betty, I couldn't let this slip past.)
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+17343) 12 years ago
HA! That car was the CLASSIC Missoula lesbo-mobile....from the leftist bumper stickers to the interior being chewed up by dogs!

Have you enhanced that vehicle by adding a "Free Tibet" sticker to it?
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Posted by Steve Craddock (+2732) 12 years ago
MRH: "Who is colorblind? I agree with Tucker!"

Hate to say it, but I grabbed Tucker by the ear today at lunch and we both looked at his (Betty's old) Outback and guess what:

That car is undeniably green. Not even turquoise. Green.
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Posted by Brian A. Reed (+6014) 12 years ago
Nope. The blue Subaru with bumper stickers in MC belongs to Tucker and Glynna

While I'm happy that my question turned into such an entertaining tangent, what I was getting at is that we drive very similar vehicles.

My Forester is blue and liberally slathered with bumper stickers. I love watching people reading them when they're stopped behind me at a red light - it's pretty much 50/50 when it comes to snarls and laughs.

My "Republicans for Voldemort" sticker seems to be the most/least popular.
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Posted by Steve Craddock (+2732) 12 years ago
I LMAO the first time I saw the 'Rs for V' sticker - nearly ended up driving off the highway. It's lost some of it's punch now that W is out of office, tho. Oh, the sacrifices we make....

My fave bumper sticker says "I play accordian - AND I VOTE!"
If you put that on your car, you'll have the joy of watching folks behind you either burst out laughing or cock their heads in total befuddlement. Both reactions are amusing.

I don't think I ever saw anyone actually smirk or get angry at it. Of course, Dick Cheney has never pulled up behind me --- and I wanna keep it that way, tyvm!

P.S. I do not actually play accordian, and it's been years since I've had that sticker on my car.
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Posted by Steve Craddock (+2732) 12 years ago
Tucker said: "(sorry Betty, I couldn't let this slip past.)"

If I know Betty (and thankfully I do), she is laughing harder than anyone else at the "unexpected" twist that this thread took!

We love ya, Betty!!!
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Posted by Brian A. Reed (+6014) 12 years ago
I LMAO the first time I saw the 'Rs for V' sticker - nearly ended up driving off the highway. It's lost some of it's punch now that W is out of office, tho. Oh, the sacrifices we make....

So long as people still vote for Republicans, the sticker will be valid.

My "Guns Don't Kill People - Bush Kills People" sticker, on the other hand ... that may have lost some punch with W's departure, but I will leave it on my car as long as I have it. I can't find a pic of it anywhere.

I've also got this one adorning my car's rear end:
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Posted by Steve Craddock (+2732) 12 years ago
Hmmm... I bet you don't see many heads cocked in befuddlement over that one.
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Posted by Brian A. Reed (+6014) 12 years ago
More like blood-rage, but I love it.
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Posted by Joe Whalen (+613) 12 years ago
The trick is keeping the engine in the powerband the whole time, hence the technique of clutch feathering. It is, of course, very hard on the clutch.

The only ET that slipping ("feathering") a clutch shortens is the time elapsed between owning a clutch that engages and one that is permanently disengaged. Since your clutch will slip anyway, you're money ahead if you just dump the clutch and use the throttle to control wheelspin.

Like speedshifting, the best holeshots take practice and, by extension, a rat hole's worth of savings for clutches, linkages, drivelines, transmissions, differentials, the occasional engine, rear tires, insurance premiums, and traffic citations.

Just my two cents worth, which is about what I'm left with after being made to pay for most of the abovementioned items more than once out of youthful exuberance. That poor little El Camino...
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