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.