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I was out today on my bike since it was a pretty day and fairly warm. Hadn't been out in a couple weeks since it's been cold and I have been spending a lot of time out of town lately. Anyway, This corvette pulls out behind me and I am tooling around at about 5mph above the speed limit in an area that nearly always has a cop running radar.



Next thing I know this guy passes me with his corvette floored. I'm like WTF? So we get to the stop sign at the ned of the road and he's racing his engine. It is obvious he's going to floor it when he takes out.



So traffic clears and he guns it. I gun it behind him and the race is on! About 200ft into the race I am about to run into his rear bumper. So I pass him all the while he has never let off a bit on his car. I fly by him and take off and leave him behind.



I hadn't been able to out run a corvette since I was a teenager with my 65 Cadillac Coupe DeVille. Back then I'd eat them with no problems and even would give them head starts and never had one come close to beating me. My current vehicle won't outrun an old lady with a walker going down hill.



It's nice to be able to show off once in a while and have my $600 28 year old motorcycle out run a modern muscle car. 0 to 60 in 4 seconds is so much fun. At least that's what I get when I time it.
 

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It all depends on what kind of Vette it was. There were quite a few anemic POS Vette's made, all show and no go, the smogged 305's can be outrun by Vespa.
 

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A real vet would have ate you but then again that's not the point. You ruined some losers day. It's been a while since I ate a nice car. Kind of pointless with all this construction. 1/4 miles stop ligts that aren't synced ruin the day.
 

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I am betting it was a mid to late 70's, like Stephen said with a 305. They were dogs.
 

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It's nice to be able to show off once in a while and have my $600 28 year old motorcycle out run a modern muscle car. 0 to 60 in 4 seconds is so much fun. At least that's what I get when I time it.






I know that had to be satisfying.



I went out for a test ride this evening to finetune the aim of my new headlight. Coming back (and after lowering the beam a little), I got behind a clown who insisted on running 30-33 in a 35 zone that goes for at least three miles with out a single passing zone. I finally roll past the Surf City line into Topsail Beach where the speed limit picks up to 45 *and* has a broken line so I can pass. Within a 100 feet of crossing the town line, I'd dropped a gear and poured the coal to it as I went around. What do I notice out of the corner of my eye but the reflective paint on the door of a police car, sitting on the side of the road in the shadows.



Needless to say, I made it a point not to exceed 45 while passing. The cop either continued with his nap or just ignored me. I figure either is fine with me.
 

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Over here in the UK it's Middle Management Suits in BMWs/Mercs.I love leaving them at the lights<BFG>




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Got one of them ticketed as I know where the Speed Cameras are and slowed down to legal.MuuuuHaaaHaaaaaaaaaaa.Serves em right as they are bloody dangerous.They just have to prove something especially from the lights
 

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I am betting it was a mid to late 70's, like Stephen said with a 305. They were dogs.


Nope it was a newer one. I don't even count those 305's as corvettes. I can never understand why Chevy thought that was a good engine. Or the 2.8 v-6. Trash, pure trash.
 

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The later 305's used in the Camaros and Trans AMs were alright. With the tpi they made 235 HP and gobs of torque.
 

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My 93 CB750 had a Honda Published 0-60 time of 3.7 seconds... To get there on four wheels, I think it might cost a bit more than the 2600 dollar price for the bike. (new)
 

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A newer 'Vette can eat most anyone's much given the proper driver but few will drive them that way, wasn't meant to be a primarily straight line beast unless you added the twin turbo setup.



We had a 25th anniversay one, 350 in my old '70 Buick Skylark would outrun the 350 it had but not outcorner it. You'll find that most who own one will drive and toy with you but will rarely race. Insurance on them is high enough, one ticket can easily double it.
 

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Most bikes will outrun most cars most times. Is that ambiguous enough for you?




I remember the time I was on my GS550E, and an original Mercury Cougar (the one based on the original Mustang) and I ended up moving spiritedly between several traffic lights. We weren't racing, nor were either of us going all out, but we were certainly accelerating more quickly than necessary.



A real Corvette is one that is a tiny yellow speck in your mirror when you enter the NASCAR oval turns 1 and 2 at NHMS, is on your bumper by the end of the oval, and when you give the signal to pass on the short straightaway before turn 3, it blows past you like you're standing still while you're actually full throttle. Granted, I was driving a Miata with about 1/4 his horsepower, but still...
 

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"I know where the Speed Cameras are"

Shep, I think that is so "Orwellian" it's spooky. Modern life sucks in so many ways, Like now our TSA is way out of control, this has got to stop. Who would have accepted this 20 years ago? Our freedoms have evaporated before our very eyes.

Cheers, 50gary
 

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"I know where the Speed Cameras are"

Shep, I think that is so "Orwellian" it's spooky. Modern life sucks in so many ways, Like now our TSA is way out of control, this has got to stop. Who would have accepted this 20 years ago? Our freedoms have evaporated before our very eyes.

Cheers, 50gary


We have the highest number of speed cameras and CCTV cameras than anywhere else in the World




Luckily there is now,after many years,a small backlash and some councils are removing them as they do nothing except cause anger and generate revenue.It's been proven in my City that a better way is system our council has adopted close to schools etc which are Large Roads signs that flash if you exceed the speed limit.Most people take notice of them thus proving that many people who speed in an urban environment do so unintentionally and when reminded by the signs slow back down.

I'm lucky where I live in the north because less than 5 miles outside my city I'm in sparsely populated countryside and sometimes have the country roads pretty much to myself.I once came back from Whitby



http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=d&s...54.364558,-0.700378&spn=0.37045,0.883026&z=10





to Pickering on a beautiful Sunday Afternoon and didn't have to overtake one car.18 miles of Yorkshire Moor roads all to myself.Bliss
 

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So, back to eating a Corvette, I was looking at the quarter mile times from 1957 through like 2005, and up until like 1991 or so, right off the showroom floor, those cars are a LOT slower than I expected.



A CX500 in top condition could keep up in the quarter mile with a basic Corvette model year 1957 up to about 1990 without much of a headache.

A CX650C would smoke them quite handily.



Now, this does not include the Cobras or Shelby's or the upgraded engine versions, just the baseline Corvettes.

After 1990, the engines in the quarter mile test sheet I was reading varied a lot, between the super versions and the baselines, so it was harder to track.
 

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Friend of mine's wife bought him a brand new 2010 of these for Christmas last year:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamborghini_Murciélago



Took him a while to get used to it, took the police quite a few long verbal warnings to convince him if he was going to drive it on the streets around here he best get a better feel for it. Unlike the many 'Vettes and Vipers I've driven this thing is scary, makes a bit of exhaust noise at first but becomes rather silent shortly afterwards and leaves you with no feeling of the speed at which you're going.



He was going to loan it to me for a day, and I'll still take him up on it in time, but it stays mainly parked and I'm in no hurry.



Funniest thing was when I spotted him at the grocery store with a cart full of stuff he was sent out for and couldn't quite figure out where to put it all. Offered to help with my old beater but he was bound and determined to get it all in there.



Trailered up here from Dallas where it arrive by boat, the usual 100 miles or so the company puts on their cars before they release them and I doubt he's put more than 3K on it so far.



Quite honestly I like the older Diablo but I can only imagine the insurance involved. Sad thing the insurance companies don't take into account that when we've got something like this we arent going out to drive like nuts in them. I forget where the line is but over a certain speed it's an instant loss of your license.
 

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I was out today on my bike since it was a pretty day and fairly warm. Hadn't been out in a couple weeks since it's been cold and I have been spending a lot of time out of town lately. Anyway, This corvette pulls out behind me and I am tooling around at about 5mph above the speed limit in an area that nearly always has a cop running radar.



Next thing I know this guy passes me with his corvette floored. I'm like WTF? So we get to the stop sign at the ned of the road and he's racing his engine. It is obvious he's going to floor it when he takes out.



So traffic clears and he guns it. I gun it behind him and the race is on! About 200ft into the race I am about to run into his rear bumper. So I pass him all the while he has never let off a bit on his car. I fly by him and take off and leave him behind.



I hadn't been able to out run a corvette since I was a teenager with my 65 Cadillac Coupe DeVille. Back then I'd eat them with no problems and even would give them head starts and never had one come close to beating me. My current vehicle won't outrun an old lady with a walker going down hill.



It's nice to be able to show off once in a while and have my $600 28 year old motorcycle out run a modern muscle car. 0 to 60 in 4 seconds is so much fun. At least that's what I get when I time it.
 

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I'm not disputing your story, but by and large a cx500 will not keep up with a Vette with the exception of 72 thru around 86 or early Blue Flame six models. As far as published 1/4 mile times go, especially in the 60's, they along with horsepower ratings were usually understated to not excite already jumpy insurance company's. Also the HP ratings changed from actual engine output to rear wheel HP in the early 70's, approximately 35% less measured back there. My personal experience were two different 4speed 350HP 327 small block roadsters, either would easily take my well running GL500 and I shift like a girl, neither in their original form would run on the ethanol based swill at the pump today. Again not disputing your story, but unless the car was made when disco was popular, I wouldn't race for money or pink slips. I believe the 305 was a smog strangled California only car and like Toehead said the TPI versions were not terrible, and the stolen reverse flow coolant idea is interesting to read about if you haven't already.
 

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Street racing is pretty much an old sport, there's a lot of "sleeper" 4-door sedans out there that can't be laughed at.



My little 3.4L can zip past most anything 0-40 mph, past that the playing field is level. Once I'm back in the powerband 60-80 is easy but you may as well forget it after that as there's no replacemnt for displacement lest I sneak a turbo onto it.



I do on occasion miss my 350 HP / 420 lb*ft of torque pace car, came with the superchargger from the factory but a lot of mods were done. It needs a lot of bodywork but it's a numbered limited edition I'd rather see restored than parted out. I've got about $5K in mods on top of the sticker price I paid for it at the time it came out but I'd part with it cheap:



http://www.grandprix.net/limited/
 

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Friend of mine's wife bought him a brand new 2010 of these for Christmas last year:

http://en.wikipedia....hini_Murciélago



Took him a while to get used to it, took the police quite a few long verbal warnings to convince him if he was going to drive it on the streets around here he best get a better feel for it. Unlike the many 'Vettes and Vipers I've driven this thing is scary, makes a bit of exhaust noise at first but becomes rather silent shortly afterwards and leaves you with no feeling of the speed at which you're going.



He was going to loan it to me for a day, and I'll still take him up on it in time, but it stays mainly parked and I'm in no hurry.



Funniest thing was when I spotted him at the grocery store with a cart full of stuff he was sent out for and couldn't quite figure out where to put it all. Offered to help with my old beater but he was bound and determined to get it all in there.



Trailered up here from Dallas where it arrive by boat, the usual 100 miles or so the company puts on their cars before they release them and I doubt he's put more than 3K on it so far.



Quite honestly I like the older Diablo but I can only imagine the insurance involved. Sad thing the insurance companies don't take into account that when we've got something like this we arent going out to drive like nuts in them. I forget where the line is but over a certain speed it's an instant loss of your license.




HIS WIFE BOUGHT HIM THAT CAR FOR CHRISTMAS!!??!! Damn, think there is any chance she will adopt me?

Gene
 
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