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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

This will sell a few Camaros

The headline in the Duluth News Tribune was delicious: "Camaro clocked at 171 mph on Highway 61."



Minnesota Highway 61. Dylan recorded an album dedicated to it more than 50 years ago -- 13 months before Chevy introduced the Camaro.

A half century later, the car fared better than the album, and the highway is still out there.

On Friday, Hermantown Police Department Deputy Chief Shawn Padden was radaring cars on the Duluth-Two Harbors expressway when it came to pass that a Camaro came to pass him.

Padden told the newspaper: "I had just come off (McQuade Road) heading toward Duluth, right by the Sinclair gas station. He was going north, or east, toward Two Harbors. ... The first speed that came up was 171, then 168 and then 143. When he went by me it was a blur. You get used to seeing people going 65 or 70 and what that looks like. But I've never seen anything like this. It's like a rocket on wheels at that point."

The newspaper did not name the driver, but it reported he received a misdemeanor careless driving charge, which carries 90 days in jail, rather than an ordinary speeding ticket. Traveling at three times the posted speed limit will do that.

Oh and there was this from the story: "The Camaro 1SS has a 455 horsepower, 6.2 liter V-8 engine. Car and Driver magazine says the car will do 0-60 mph in 4.3 seconds, 0-100 mph in 9.3 seconds and has a top speed of about 160 mph."

I obey the speed limits. But it would be nice owning a car that you know could hit 171 MPH.

15 comments:

  1. Sounds like an LS3 in a late model Camaro. They're pretty good engines. My 1970 Road Runner 383 Magnum pushed 335 HP. It was registered for 150 mph and I buried the speedometer a few times. It is quite scary. - Elric

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  2. I have driven that highway several times (in the summer which is from June to August up there). I hit 100mph once. But you have to watch out for deer and moose

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    1. I used to live in Alaska. You do NOT want to hit a moose at any speed. - Elric

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    2. You don't want them to hit you at any speed either. A friend was stationed at Duluth, one day a coworker didn't show up and after they'd contacted his wife, they sent out a search party. They found him, his car was wrecked. He'd come on a moose locking the road, stopped, and after a minute or two, honked the horn to get it to move. Move it did! and it moved him as well. Turned his car into scrap. He was lucky, although the car rolled several times, he was alive and safe inside. The rack kept its head outside the compartment.
      Saw a Texas Pronghorn do the same thing to a MP patrol vehicle at Ft Hood.

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  3. That's a bigger engine than my truck.

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  4. Now if Chevy could just get Obama to say he'd like to see Camaros outlawed (or some kind of action to get them in the hands of "responsible" owners), sales would really go through the roof.

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  5. My SL500 is chip limited to 154 mph. But I don't ever go past 95...

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  6. Okay,the car can go,according to it's builder, 160 mph.The cop says 170.The cop is lying,and while the dip in the camaro shouldn't be going anywhere near that fast on a public road,the cop was lying.Isn't lying in a legal setting a jail-time offense?Perjury by an officer of the law is well beyond a speeding offense,and should,at least result in a firing AND jail time for the liar if the speeder is subject to a jail sentence.If the guy was really going that fast,the cop would have been unable to catch him anyway,unless he has some magical machine that goes even faster on the public road in traffic.Not much traffic?Then why have a speed limit at all?

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    1. Speed limits and other traffic laws are putatively put in place for safety, but in reality they are a tax. Have you never heard of someone getting a ticket and having the fine waived - as long as you pay the $187.50 court costs? Does it really cost $187.50 to file away a traffic ticket? - Elric

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    2. It may be the camaro zl1 supercharged. Those put out in the high 500's for hp.

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    3. Sad but true: While "in the performance of their official duties", it is a somewhat-lesser-known but nevertheless factual circumstance that police officers may lie, whether "creatively" or merely blatantly, to us ordinary pee-ons with impunity and perfect immunity. S'truth - you can Look It Up!...

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  7. Talking of deer: in another article the cop mentioned that a pair crossed the road nearby just after he stopped the car. It was a mild winter, and they have been numerous in recent years anyway. I know motorcyclists who won't drive a scenic forest road near there anymore because there's too many deer for safety. I'm willing to enlist my freezer in the cause of safety....

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    1. A friend hit an elk on his Goldwing back in the day - the elk won.

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