I'm not sure my first ride in a car at 100mph - fairly sure it might have been in a family members Volvo 740 estate, Golf CL auto or a Ford Grandada (one of the 70s/80s boxy shape)
My own personal experience was driving a 1995 Astra 1.4 Merit (like the one in the picture but mine had 1981 13" Cavalier Alloys which was a step up from the 13" normal narrow steelies) - My first proper car The steering did go light, pretty sure the max it reached was 110mph. I drove the shape after this with the 1.6 16v and it maxed out at near 130mph
My current Focus tops at 110mph but it's the way it takes corner which is the ace part.
Mine was in the exact same car albeit a 3 door, book top speed of 99 and it got an indicated 110, so maybe about right? On a flat private runway of course.
I had an 83 1300s Astra Estate (MK1) back at the start of the 90s and that topped out at an indicated 115mph. In 1985 my dad bought a new pov spec 1300 Cavalier that also topped out at an indicated 115mph and i knew somebody who had the same model who got nicked for doing 106 down the A13. Hmmmmmm.
I think i managed it in my first car , a mini with a mg1275 engine and few other tweeks . My the speedo wasnt working and my mate in his 1.2 nova said he got to 90mph and could not go and couldn't go any faster .
I sold that when i just turned 18 and bought a F plate 8v Golf gti . The step up was pretty significant !! I remember driving that and absolutely tanking it then backing off and thinking ' this things not going to be as forgiving as the mini '. It certainly did not handle as well but the sheer grunt of the thing was great .
I found out a bit later that it had a Gti engineering 1900 conversion which some silly previous owner had neglected to think was of any interest to new owners ! Got a bargain with that and trashed all my mates golfs !
Actual first time not driving was in a friends neighbours black Rs cosworth , that left a severe imprint on my brain .
The first time I remember doing so was some time in the mid-late 90's in my friend's dad's E36, most likely a 318 thinking about it - it wasn't a very flash one but that age we were so naive that BMW = fast car. I remember him taking us out for a blast down the A21 while listening to Dizzy by Vic Reeves & The Wonder Stuff
I doubt I reached a ton in my first few years of driving a 998 Mini and 1300 Viva, possibly when I borrowed my mum's 1.6 Mazda 323, but my next car was a 2.0 turbo 9000 and that certainly reached 3 figures a few times. I'm scared to do so these days, the last time I put my foot down for 10 seconds to get away from a gaggle of morons on the M20 I was followed by an undercover I30-N and had a finger waggled at me.
Well mines comparatively boring...2005 mazda 3 on the m6 up north. Mostly down hill through the lake district section, think I managed 115mph.
Most scary was in my mates astra van on a trip skiing in the alps. We were travelling with a zafira with 7 people on board, so we had everyone's luggage, boards etc so weighed a ton. Autobahn, we got to 125mph and overtook too TTs. Filmed it too - scary just watching it back!
As a passenger, probably with my dad driving one of my mum's Volvo estates, probably the later one (EEA324Y if I remember right). Definitely scariest was in a brand new 1999 Astra SRi borrowed from Vauxhall, a mate driving and bottling it at 135.
Driving, probably in my Karmann Ghia around the same time on an A road closer to home. Our VW club was coming back from a show and we realised we'd lost a couple of the lads. One guy in his 912 and me in the Ghia shoot off to the next island, round that and thrash it down to the previous one. My speedo ran out of numbers, but the Porsche one reckoned 105. I've hit the oil light at the bottom of the speedo in the Beetle too...
1968 Cal Look Beetle - 2007cc motor - 14.45@93mph in full street trim 1970-ish Karmann Beetle cabriolet - project soon to be re-started. 1986 Scirocco - big plans, one day!
First time was probably 2.0S Capri Mk3, well it said so on the speedo, so who was I to disbelieve it, coming back from the fleshpot of Southend on the A127 Later, Mk2 Escort 1.1 Popular Plus with a 2.1 Pinto in it and suitable brake mods. Again the A127, again Sarfend. Best one was Astra GTE 16v from Basildon to Wickford (yep A127) Sunday morning about 6am after night shift, saw 147mph on the digi dash, but that was with one hell of a tail wind pushing me along!!
My Old Man was regularly doing over the ton in the sixties with me as a passenger in his 1965 Vauxhall PB 3.3. I first drove over a ton on a disused airfield when I was 12 in his very hot 1968 Corsair 2000, he sat beside me and guided me through it, I did my first handbrake turn that day too. Happy days.
Growing up in suburban south London, the various dads in our small road had a mini competition that was basically, coming off the roundabout at the bottom of Beckenham Road, how fast could you go before you needed to break to turn right into our cul-de-sac. I don't think my dad managed it with me in it in a Peugeot 604Ti and his friends Granada 2.8 Ghia also just missed the magic mark until one day one of his friends got a loaner BMW M535i which with me rolling around the back certainly cracked the 100 before braking.
This record stood until the same friend brought home a lovely white S1 Lotus esprit which I thought was a marvel. I managed to cadge a ride and I'm fairly sure this was nearer the 120 mark.
Of course at that time the road was generally deserted in the evenings, now being London, even outer London, its a 24hr traffic jam.
First time was on a bike. My Yamaha RD250A with port job, expansion chambers and youthful exhuberance. First time driving a car was the sales directors Vauxhall Royale driving to pick up the Managing Director (CEO these days) from Elstree Aerodrome where he flew in from Guernsey every few weeks.
First memorable one ( I'm sure my dad had maxed atleast one of his Sierras' 😀) was a near new 827 Vitesse when I was on work experience at the local Rover dealers. Driving was probably my Kadett coupe when it had a 2.0 CIH in it. It had a minor top end rattle but I got goaded by a couple of mates in the back. Shattered 2 or 3 hydraulic tappets and damaged the timing chain 😁. Was also a passenger when we speed tested a mates mk2 Escort one lunch break at college. Got it in the workshop that afternoon and marvelled at how much daylight there was around the strut tops 😯
1992 in my mum's '86 1.2 3 door Mk2 Astra. I got an indicated 104 on the M40. Both of my younger brothers used the car as well when they passed their tests later in the 90's, and confirmed this was as fast as they could get out of it too! My youngest brother inherited the car and sold it on when he left college in 99 to work as a salesman at a Fiat dealership, he got a brand new Seicento citymatic as his company car! He sold the astra for £75 with about 175k on the clock and it apparently blew up the following week!
2000, driving through France to Le Mans, got 150 in my E34 M5. Fantastic car, never should have sold it...
Probably the first time I saw a speedo go past 100mph was as a passenger in a schoolmate's Humber 80. It had a round speedo with the fuel gauge at the bottom as many English cars of the period did. He had the needle past the fuel gauge. Probably wasn't accurate but it felt stupidly fast and was more than a little sketchy on the country road where we did it. My own first ton was probably in my dad's '76 Toyota Corona. It topped out at an indicated 180km/hr but I didn't tell him until after he sold it. Got an indicated ton out of my '79 Mini Clubman 1275GT once but that was on a long downhill and I doubt the accuracy of the speedo. My personal top speed would be around the 180km/hr which I have done in a number of cars on country roads where I really ought not to have done it. I like to think that I have more sense now that I'm older. Stupidest would have been the day I kept my four speed automatic EA Falcon station wagon pinned to see what it would pull with my wife and four children as passengers. It hooked fourth gear at 170km/hr and we ran out of straight road at 180. A class mate from polytech used to tell a story of a visit to Germany during which he borrowed his Auntie's BMW M3 and thought he was cool doing 230km/hr on the autobahn until, as he told it "something red and Italian went past doing about 300".
I can remember being on work experience with my cousin's boyfriend we did some work on his mk1 Granada coupe 2.8 with Kent cams. We chopped the silencers off and went for a blast. Did a 4 wheel drift at just over a hundred.
Myself, avout 1hr after passing my test, I found myself on a private test track in my mums 1998 (2 year old) Toyota Starlet Solida, managed an indicated 110 round a long bend. Nearly needed new underwear.
The first time I went 100+ was travelling in my uncle's silver mk2 mondeo zetec s back in the early 2000's on our way to Thruxton, I probably went 100 before that but don't recall it.
Personally, it was a few days after I bought my first mk2 golf about 8/9 years ago, I'd had a slew of cars before that after passing my test but none of them could do it so I didn't try.
Coming home on boxing day I was trundling down the A46, this was when a long stretch of it was still being built into dual carriageway and road works are never fun for that distance especially when you're on a 4 hour trip, as soon as it got to the concrete surfaced part I opened her up to claw back lost time, I kind of expected the golf to get up there but not as smoothly as it did, bear in mind it was a 1.6 auto and the top speed is 100.66mph so it barely went over but still, it was what made me continue to buy many mk2 golfs in the years following. That and it was sooooo much nicer and more solid than the vauxhalls I'd had before.