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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Yasiel Puig arrested on reckless driving charge in Florida

Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was arrested Saturday morning on a reckless driving charge in Florida, reports the Naples Daily News. He was driving 110 mph on the Alligator Alley section of I-75 according to a Florida Highway Patrol spokesman. The speed limit is 70 mph.

According to the Daily News, Puig was driving a 2013 Mercedes westbound near mile marker 99. Alligator Alley (otherwise known as the Everglades Parkway) runs east-west from Naples to Fort Lauderdale and is prone to speeding because the road is flat and straight. The Dodgers have not yet commented on the arrest.

Puig, 23, had reckless driving and speeding charges dismissed in Tennessee last month after serving 12 hours of community service.

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   1. Srul Itza Posted: December 28, 2013 at 08:31 PM (#4625358)
Hey, he thought the speedometer was marked in kilometers per hour. An honest mistake.
   2. Bug Selig Posted: December 28, 2013 at 08:49 PM (#4625365)
He would have gotten a DUI but nobody walks down the line like Puig does.
   3. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: December 28, 2013 at 08:55 PM (#4625369)
If his driving is as reckless as his baserunning, then he deserved it.
   4. PreservedFish Posted: December 28, 2013 at 09:02 PM (#4625374)
I've been following him on Instagram. His feed is roughly what you would expect from a guy that became rich and famous all of a sudden. He also owns a Bentley, I believe.
   5. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: December 28, 2013 at 09:05 PM (#4625376)
The title on the front page of ESPN makes it sound like he's taken up pitching:
Puig arrested after being clocked at 110 mph
   6. Publius Publicola Posted: December 28, 2013 at 09:09 PM (#4625378)
What a Clowney thing to do.
   7. PreservedFish Posted: December 28, 2013 at 09:29 PM (#4625393)
I recall this happening to another player, and some Floridian primate chimed in with the observation that this is one of the best, safest and most irresistible stretches of highway in the country on which to speed.

The fastest I've ever gone is around 110 (in a Mazda Protege), on US-50, "the loneliest road in America." I've gone across that flat and desolate and beautiful road two or three times, and one of those times I got a ticket. I think I was only going 85 when I got the ticket. I was pushing it up to the 95-110 range when I had a clear view miles in front and could be sure that there were no cops.
   8. puck Posted: December 28, 2013 at 09:36 PM (#4625397)
No gun in the car? Eh, big deal.
   9. Lassus Posted: December 28, 2013 at 09:37 PM (#4625399)
I've driven Alligator Alley. It ain't THAT empty. Seems a lot better places in the US to do that, as PF said, I-50 is a prime candidate.
   10. TerpNats Posted: December 28, 2013 at 10:12 PM (#4625406)
Please don't let him be our generation's Pelle Lindbergh.
   11. McCoy Posted: December 28, 2013 at 10:16 PM (#4625408)
I got up to about 100 in a Ford Escort ZX2 in one of those mile long tunnels under the mountains in Pennsylvania once. One of the scariest things I've ever done to myself. The car felt like it was on roller skates.
   12. Tom (and his broom) Posted: December 28, 2013 at 10:31 PM (#4625410)
Do all these young Cuban players idolize Canseco?

Fastest I have done is about 140 at 3AM on I-80 between Sacramento and San Francisco, I was younger and more foolish than I am now.
   13. AndrewJ Posted: December 28, 2013 at 10:47 PM (#4625413)
Please don't let him be our generation's Pelle Lindbergh.

Or Jerome Brown.
   14. pthomas Posted: December 28, 2013 at 10:49 PM (#4625415)
Milton Bradley reincarnated.
   15. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: December 28, 2013 at 10:59 PM (#4625418)
Put him in a car with Tony LaRussa, combined they'd go a safe 55 mph.
   16. Publius Publicola Posted: December 28, 2013 at 11:02 PM (#4625421)
Fastest I have done is about 140


Good lord. What were you driving?
   17. Northpaw Posted: December 28, 2013 at 11:07 PM (#4625422)
Thought the arrest would have been for him going through a stop sign.
   18. Shoebo Posted: December 28, 2013 at 11:28 PM (#4625432)
I used to hit 120 once in a while in a Ford Expedition of all things, running between Phoenix/LA and Phoenix/Las Vegas

Never got popped. But I had a blowout once, luckily while just going around the speed limit, (75 in AZ). Nice wide stretch with and there happened to be a flat pullout area just when it happened, and so nothing bad happened. Got religion after that and stopped driving so fast. Had I been going over 100, that truck would STILL be rolling.
   19. JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: December 28, 2013 at 11:38 PM (#4625436)
The fastest I've ever gone is around 110 (in a Mazda Protege), on US-50, "the loneliest road in America."

To be clear, "the loneliest road in America" doesn't refer to US-50's path along Constitution Avenue.
   20. bunyon Posted: December 28, 2013 at 11:49 PM (#4625440)
Police: Puig doesn't drive the car the right way.
   21. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: December 29, 2013 at 12:42 AM (#4625460)
110 or so, on Florida's Turnpike in rural Palm Beach County. I could tell there was much more under the hood (a new Toyota RAV4), but I was content to leave it there.
   22. Steve Sparks Flying Everywhere Posted: December 29, 2013 at 01:15 AM (#4625472)
I once got pulled over by Texas Highway Patrol outside Quanah, TX for allegedly going 102 in a 70. I thought I was going to get arrested, instead it was a $300 speeding ticket.
   23. booond Posted: December 29, 2013 at 01:32 AM (#4625478)
110 on I-10 in a Hyundai

95 on Main Street in a Chevy Corvair... it was a bit irresponsible.
   24. Rafael Bellylard: A failure of the waist. Posted: December 29, 2013 at 01:42 AM (#4625482)
I can't even comment to impress in this thread. I don't think I've ever done 90. I drive for a living, and have a vested interest in a clean driving record. Last ticket was in 1999, for running a brand new stop sign at 3am where the only two cars on the road were the cop and I.
   25. AJMcCringleberry Posted: December 29, 2013 at 01:49 AM (#4625484)
The fastest I've gone is 95, oddly enough on I-95. I didn't even realize I was going that fast.
   26. Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili(Teddy F. Ballgame) Posted: December 29, 2013 at 02:14 AM (#4625489)
When I was a younger and more foolish person, I hit about 110 in a 1975 Chevy Nova (a very overpowered car). When I was slightly less young and slightly less foolish, I broke 100 in a Renault Twingo on the German Autobahn.
   27. The Ghost fouled out, but stays in the game Posted: December 29, 2013 at 02:19 AM (#4625493)
I've done 100 or so in the states, but the most notable speeding I ever did was late at night, out in the country in New Zealand, in a little Mitsubishi rental car.

I saw a car's headlights approaching from a distance, and it came straight as an arrow toward me for at least three minutes. As we finally passed each other on this two-laner, I realized that I had a mile-plus of straight road ahead, albeit pitch black. I floored it, and got it up to 150 kpm before I backed it down.

When I thought about it later, I realized I was crazy. New Zealand doesn't have a lot of people, but at that time, there were somewhere between 60 and 100 million sheep. One of those in the road could have ruined my whole day.
   28. Tom (and his broom) Posted: December 29, 2013 at 02:21 AM (#4625495)

Good lord. What were you driving?


2002 Subaru WRX wagon, that thing could fly.

Was meeting some friends to head off camping the next day, was up late packing.

Freeway was empty, then I saw headlights coming up behind me. I sped up as they approached, it was a porsche and Jag racing, I followed them about a 1/4 mile behind for about 20 miles going 130-140 the whole time.
   29. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: December 29, 2013 at 02:48 AM (#4625498)
Do you realize how fast 110 mph is? Assuming a reaction time of 1.5 seconds, a car going 110 would travel over 120 feet in that time, or about a third of a football field. A lot of bad things can happen in 120 feet.
   30. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: December 29, 2013 at 03:00 AM (#4625501)
I hit about 110 in a 1975 Chevy Nova (a very overpowered car)


I had a friend in HS with one of those, a 3 speed, and it was quite fast. 110 was not a problem for that car. I-88 between Rochelle, and Dixon, IL heading west towards the Mississippi River is a place to try your act at 110.

the loneliest road in America is US-20 west of Casper, WY.
   31. Fancy Pants Handle doesn't need no water Posted: December 29, 2013 at 03:58 AM (#4625506)
You are all cute. I have one word for you: Autobahn.

I have done over 240kmh when it was dead, which google tells me is about 150.

   32. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: December 29, 2013 at 05:21 AM (#4625508)
Never faster than 90, I think - my lone car was a '76 Civic, which topped out at about 87, pedal to the floor.

I did, however, ride across Alameda CA on the roof of a car once. I am glad that did not go as badly as it might have.
   33. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: December 29, 2013 at 05:26 AM (#4625509)
Wimps. Try a motorbike.
260kph(160+mph)on my triumph Daytona 675. Track day, eastern creek, sydney last month.
Fastest I've had it on the open road is 230kph; and the roads in Aus. aint that good....
Yeah, pretty dumb on the open road, not too bad on the track though.
   34. Swedish Chef Posted: December 29, 2013 at 05:54 AM (#4625510)
You are all cute. I have one word for you: Autobahn.

All my memories of Autobahn tends to be about averaging 20kph while being snarled in traffic around Hamburg or some other city. You can really fly between the jams though.
   35. JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: December 29, 2013 at 10:01 AM (#4625524)
the loneliest road in America is US-20 west of Casper, WY.

My 110+ MPH moment came in Wyoming on US-310, heading from US-14 to the Montana state line. That road was emptier than empty.
   36. bfan Posted: December 29, 2013 at 10:39 AM (#4625539)
I would put excessive speed in a car, for a driver not trained at those speeds, right up there with drunk-driving, in terms of endangering others (innocent drivers in the way when the speeding driver loses control). I know that several years ago an Atlanta Thrashers hockey player killed someone else, when driving his really fast car, really fast; he lost control of the car, at the high speed, and that was that.

This is just irresponsible crap by anyone doing this high speed driving.
   37. Greg K Posted: December 29, 2013 at 11:17 AM (#4625556)
I know that several years ago an Atlanta Thrashers hockey player killed someone else, when driving his really fast car, really fast; he lost control of the car, at the high speed, and that was that.

Danny Heatley was the driver, Dan Snyder (another Atlanta Thrasher) died.

It instigated one of the more awful things I've ever heard anyone say. The accident happened right before the beginning of the hockey season and while we were holding our fantasy draft Snyder was in a coma. One guy joked that Snyder was his "sleeper pick". Though he at least had the grace to feel bad about it when Snyder died the next day.

I was amazed by how orderly Autobahn driving is, though I guess I shouldn't be, they are Germans. The outside lane is always, always, always left empty by normal drivers (except for a quick pass) so the 250 kph guys don't need to slow down. I felt much safer on those roads than the 401 running through Toronto with its 110 limit or whatever it is.
   38. JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: December 29, 2013 at 11:20 AM (#4625558)
I would put excessive speed in a car, for a driver not trained at those speeds, right up there with drunk-driving, in terms of endangering others (innocent drivers in the way when the speeding driver loses control). I know that several years ago an Atlanta Thrashers hockey player killed someone else, when driving his really fast car, really fast; he lost control of the car, at the high speed, and that was that.

This is just irresponsible crap by anyone doing this high speed driving.

Thanks, Dad. I suspect the Thrashers player was driving in the city or suburbs and it wasn't his first time driving so fast, while a majority of the tales described above appear to be one-off experiences on empty, open roads.

EDIT: The hockey player was reportedly driving his Ferrari 80MPH in a 35 zone in Atlanta.
   39. McCoy Posted: December 29, 2013 at 11:30 AM (#4625562)
Dany wasn't even driving that fast in comparison to our stories. He was traveling less than 80 mph in a 35 mph residential area. The real problem was that he was driving a really dangerous car. Driving those high performance cars like the Ferrari he had is like riding nitroglycerin over a frozen lake. They are extremely fast and overpowered while also being extremely fragile in collisions. You have to be a skilled driver and know your car well in order to drive them well and safely. There are tons of Youtube videos of idiots crashing their Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and such because they don't really know how to drive them. I believe Canseco crashed one on a test track from a virtual standing position.

If Dany was going 80 mph in a Toyota Camry there would have been no fatalities or serious injuries. The car they were in is what killed Snyder.
   40. rb's team is hopeful for the new year! Posted: December 29, 2013 at 11:48 AM (#4625572)
while also being extremely fragile in collisions.

This is laughably incorrect.

Also, going 110 in whatever mercedes puig was in is much safer than going 90 in the hyundais and fords mentioned in this thread.
   41. McCoy Posted: December 29, 2013 at 12:00 PM (#4625579)
This is laughably incorrect.

Well, I'm laughing now.
   42. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: December 29, 2013 at 12:19 PM (#4625597)
I got popped for doing 95 in a 65 on I-84 headed east through the Columbia Gorge, in a 1994 Volvo station wagon of all things. I was trying to get out to eastern Washington for a Bob Dylan concert. It was my mom's car. I lost solo driving privileges for the entirety of the summer after my senior year of high school for doing that.

I think I probably got up over 100 once or twice when I was younger and thought I was invincible. I'm much too much of a wimp now. I just bought a Toyota Highlander that could absolutely do that with no problems, but I get scared doing much more than 75 anymore.
   43. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: December 29, 2013 at 12:32 PM (#4625610)
Topped 100 once on I-30 while heading up to Little Rock from south Arkansas, just to see if I could; in my (quasi-)defense, I was maybe 20 & driving my first car, a '73 Mustang.

Briefly found myself above 90 a couple of weeks ago on I-20 somewhere in Louisiana en route to Bossier City. That wasn't deliberate -- except for a brief stop, I'd had my foot on the gas for at least 6 hours since leaving Montgomery, & the cruise control on my '96 Maxima stopped working a couple of years ago, so I blame fatigue & probably some form of road hypnotism. (Except for these December drives back home, I'm always in the city, so I haven't bothered to figure out the cruise control situation. If I'm lucky, it's something simple like a fuse, though of course probably I'm not lucky.)

   44. depletion Posted: December 29, 2013 at 12:47 PM (#4625625)
They are extremely fast and overpowered while also being extremely fragile in collisions.

Ferraris are not fragile cars in general, but any powerful car, be it Camaro or Lamborghini, requires skill and judgement. We had an experienced race car driver kill off Paul Walker a few weeks ago in an irresponsble road accident. Money != brains.
   45. tfbg9 Posted: December 29, 2013 at 12:48 PM (#4625626)
@26 & 30: Unless it was "suped-up", a 1975 Nova is not gonna be a particularly high HP car. A '67-'71 maybe. Virtually all mid '70's American cars were underpowered.
   46. JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: December 29, 2013 at 12:57 PM (#4625633)
I still drive north of 80MPH on the Jersey Turnpike and I-95 between Bel Air and the Delaware state line but never more than 30 on city streets, unless the speed limit is higher.
   47. McCoy Posted: December 29, 2013 at 01:07 PM (#4625642)
I should clarify about my fragile comment. Ferraris and such are powerful cars that if you lose control of the car can lead to deadly and dangerous accidents. Losing control of a Ferrari is easier to do than losing control of a Toyota Camry. Even skilled test driver will occasionally lose control of these high performance vehicles. I've read Car & Driver reviews and such where their testers will put a HP vehicle into a ditch simply because they gave the car a little too much gas or oversteered the car. Out of control cars are much more dangerous to the occupants of the car because these cars tend to collide with objects in ways they were not designed to do it. Driving a Camry at 45 mph and then stepping on the gas a bit won't make you lose control of the car. Doing that with a Ferrari there is a possibility if you make the slightest mistake you will lose control of the car and spin out into something in a way that doesn't give the best of protection and at a higher speed than a Camry would.
   48. Publius Publicola Posted: December 29, 2013 at 01:31 PM (#4625661)
When I was a younger and more foolish person, I hit about 110 in a 1975 Chevy Nova (a very overpowered car).


Funny. I topped 100 in the same car, just to see what it was like.. I think it had 250 horsepower.
   49. McCoy Posted: December 29, 2013 at 01:37 PM (#4625666)
Base model was a 6 cylinder 105 HP engine. They had two V-8 options with the biggest V8 getting up to 155 HP I believe.
   50. Rickey! In a van on 95 south... Posted: December 29, 2013 at 01:48 PM (#4625678)
Fastest I have done is about 140 at 3AM on I-80 between Sacramento and San Francisco


132, in light traffic on I-85 S coming out of NC back into GA on the back stretch of a four hour joy ride through the mountains just west of there. On two wheels.

Dany Heatley was driving 85 on ####### Lenox Road in Buckhead. It's not ever similar to opening an engine up on a freeway. Google Lenox Road between Peachtree and I85. That's where Heatley crashed.
   51. McCoy Posted: December 29, 2013 at 02:13 PM (#4625701)
Looks like your standard road for speeding in a suburban area.
   52. OCF Posted: December 29, 2013 at 03:24 PM (#4625762)
I would put excessive speed in a car, for a driver not trained at those speeds, right up there with drunk-driving, in terms of endangering others (innocent drivers in the way when the speeding driver loses control).

The thing this instantly put into my mind was the recent death of Paul Walker, the star of the Fast and Furious movie franchise. He was a passenger in a car (a Porsche Carrera, a car designed to celebrate the notion of speed) driven by a friend of his who was at least an amateur race car driver. The crash occurred on a curving commercial street in a hilly neighborhood. I don't know exactly how fast the car was going, but after it wrapped itself around a tree, it didn't even look like a car any more.
   53. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 29, 2013 at 03:30 PM (#4625769)
I would put excessive speed in a car, for a driver not trained at those speeds, right up there with drunk-driving, in terms of endangering others (innocent drivers in the way when the speeding driver loses control).

Really depends on the road. 110 MPH is exceedingly common on the Autobahns/Autroutes/Autostrada in Europe. If you're doing 95 in the left lane, they'll come up to 10 feet off your rear bumper, and flash their high beams.
   54. Mess with the Meat, you get the Wad! Posted: December 29, 2013 at 04:04 PM (#4625792)
as a passenger 140 is the fastest iv gone (the speedometer stopped there) as a driver 120 is the fastest I'v gotten to
   55. staring out the window and waiting for fenderbelly Posted: December 29, 2013 at 04:57 PM (#4625822)
I hit 110 mph in my new/crap four cylinder nissan at 9am in SoCal. Seriously, I don't think that anyone enforces the speed limit any more. But back into someone in a parking lot and you are screwed.
   56. Lassus Posted: December 29, 2013 at 06:03 PM (#4625862)
There are far more interesting and rewarding ways to both endanger myself and assert my manhood than going over 100 in a stupid car.
   57. Jim Wisinski Posted: December 29, 2013 at 06:20 PM (#4625880)
100 twice, in a Ford Taurus. Once one an empty, wide street, another on one of the bridges across Tampa Bay (speed limit of 65 but the real average speed there tends to be more like 72). I've also gone just over 90 more than once on the interstate by accident, during the day on some of the 3-lane areas many people are regularly going 80-85 (speed limit is 70) and it's pretty easy to be keeping up with traffic, accelerate a bit more, and suddenly be going 90+ (not so likely to happen to me these days, even with only one person inside the Honda Fit gets sluggish on acceleration when you're going over 70).
   58. BDC Posted: December 29, 2013 at 06:27 PM (#4625885)
110 MPH is exceedingly common on the Autobahns

So are sickening fatal crashes.

Of course, most countries are safer than the US, so I'm not throwing stones here, at least from the direction of Texas. But Switzerland, with comparable motorways plus a nannyish speed limit, is quite a bit safer than Germany.
   59. McCoy Posted: December 29, 2013 at 06:33 PM (#4625891)
I would think it is almost impossible for Switzerland to build a high speed capable highway what with their geography and all.
   60. BDC Posted: December 29, 2013 at 06:41 PM (#4625901)
Yeah, but they're Swiss, they're engineering geniuses :)

Seriously, on the motorway between Zurich and Geneva, you might as well be in Iowa for all the hill driving you get to do. It's a very tamed landscape.
   61. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: December 29, 2013 at 07:23 PM (#4625919)
105 on the I-5 about 15 years or so ago, in a Ford Taurus. It wasn't even totally straight a road, a completely irresponsible and reckless bit of driving. Driving back from vacation last month on the same road, I had the car on cruise control at 75 (the speed limit).
   62. Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili(Teddy F. Ballgame) Posted: December 29, 2013 at 07:58 PM (#4625938)
Unless it was "suped-up", a 1975 Nova is not gonna be a particularly high HP car.


As others have noted, that car was offered with a range of engines; the one I was in had a 350 cubic inch 165 hp V-8. Waaaaay more than needed in a car like that.
   63. bigglou115 Posted: December 29, 2013 at 08:09 PM (#4625945)
I got an F-150 up to its limiter at 105, the tailpipe fell off (it was not a new car). I got a 1970 GTO up to 90 and thought it was gonna shake apart (this was in 2013, so definitely not new). Apparently I need a better car to keep up with y'all.
   64. Fancy Pants Handle doesn't need no water Posted: December 29, 2013 at 09:33 PM (#4625982)
So are sickening fatal crashes.

Of course, most countries are safer than the US, so I'm not throwing stones here, at least from the direction of Texas. But Switzerland, with comparable motorways plus a nannyish speed limit, is quite a bit safer than Germany.

Not really seeing the huge black mark against Germany here. By ordinal rankings, it seems to be solidly middle of the pack in Europe, and cardinally, it is much closer to the countries with the best motorway safety, than it is to the ones that are truly terrible.

Really, the only surprise here is that Italy isn't #1 with a bullet.
   65. tfbg9 Posted: December 29, 2013 at 09:44 PM (#4625988)
the one I was in had a 350 cubic inch 165 hp V-8


You realize that's not that much HP, right? I mean the car will get up to 120 or whatever, but that's not a "powerful car". Hell I had a 1970 Nova with a 350 and it was only 200 HP or so. Not that fast. I love 1970 Nova's by the way. Badass.
   66. tfbg9 Posted: December 29, 2013 at 09:49 PM (#4625990)
There are far more interesting and rewarding ways to both endanger myself and assert my manhood than going over 100 in a stupid car.


Body piercings? Earlobe disks?
   67. PreservedFish Posted: December 29, 2013 at 09:52 PM (#4625992)
There are far more interesting and rewarding ways to both endanger myself and assert my manhood than going over 100 in a stupid car.


Okay Mister Snootypants! When I went 100+ I wasn't trying to assert my manhood, I was just having fun. Having grown up and learned to drive in NYC, it was almost impossible not to floor it when I got on a road that looked like this.

I'm sure it's not the safest thing to do, but I do wonder how bombing it down a totally empty straightaway compares to regular rush hour traffic, or a taxi ride.
   68. Athletic Supporter can feel the slow rot Posted: December 29, 2013 at 09:53 PM (#4625994)
110 on a straight road in a factory model sedan (like my ex-Corolla) is absolutely safe, 120 probably would be but I've never had enough confidence in no-cops. There are some wonderful straight roads in Utah.

Meanwhile I totaled the car going 25 when the truck two in front of me stopped short and caused a big accordion. Them's the brakes, I guess.
   69. bunyon Posted: December 30, 2013 at 12:15 AM (#4626110)
140 once in a friend's custom mustang. Great fun.

You guys saying how terrible it is must never have been in the middle of the continent; you remember how you hate it because no one is there? Well, no one is there. There are roads where you can literally go scores of miles without encountering other cars. yes, you may kill yourself but you won't, probably, take anyone with you.

I'd put the joyriding teenage boy on a lonely highway doing 120 well below the irritated parent with screaming kids in the back, late for an appointment doing 75 on an eastern urban interstate in terms of risks to others.
   70. tfbg9 Posted: December 30, 2013 at 01:30 AM (#4626169)
is absolutely safe


Not if you blow a tire.
   71. kthejoker Posted: December 30, 2013 at 02:33 AM (#4626189)
I frequently did 90+ on the back roads of hill country in between Austin and College Station in my Mustang, and I hit 100 on a few occasions. It never once felt unsafe.

And once on the rice roads between Houston and College Station I did about 80 and felt like I could kill myself at any second.

It all depends on the road.
   72. BourbonSamurai Is a Lazy Nogoodnik Posted: December 30, 2013 at 08:51 AM (#4626220)
My cousin was for a long time married to the guy who held the world land speed record from 1983-1997. We went on vacation in France with them once and he drove a car he had modified. It was fun but also utterly terrifying.
   73. depletion Posted: December 30, 2013 at 09:22 AM (#4626226)
Most of the people who can afford high performance cars are near the big cities. The intelligent and responsible way to get your speed rocks off is to get track time with the Ferrari Club, Porsche Club, Vette Club, et al. They have instructors at many of these events and you get to hang out with like minded individuals.
   74. zonk Posted: December 30, 2013 at 10:02 AM (#4626240)
Was pushing 100 just the other night driving home from family xmas in a Mustang - but not intentionally... some cars just don't feel like they're ever speeding or maybe more accurately, they just feel "right" going too fast and I only noticed what I was doing when I began to wonder why everyone else was driving so slow. Fastest I ever did was also ~120 on I-50.

Driving out to the Rose Bowl 20 years ago with some buddies in an RV -- the driver got the thing up to 90 in Arizona, and got a speeding ticket for his trouble... as well as an earful from me when I woke up from a nap asking why we were stopped and there was a cop behind us. A funny story in retrospect... not so funny at the time as it was rented on my credit card and unlike certain pony cars and such, RVs do not live comfortably in a 90+ mph habitat. Of course, we also had plenty of the sort of stuff that college kids would tend to have in an RV driving across country - so there were all sorts of reasons to avoid police attention.
   75. Swoboda is freedom Posted: December 30, 2013 at 10:27 AM (#4626254)
I have gone 110 in the US. On the Autobahn, about 150 in a nice BMW. The amazing thing about the autobahn is how fast cars can approach you from the rear. You see them in the rearview mirror and in a couple of seconds they are on you. And I was going 120-130 mph. Some Porches or Mercedes are going way faster.

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