For the latter it would be c. 1971 in my first car a Sunbeam MkIII.
A long run up on a slightly downhill section of the M1 saw somewhere between 80 and 120 'on the clock' - it tended to waver a bit!
The fun bit was that it needed all three lanes clear as it was near impossible to keep it within one lane due to the front end lift - and a spot of play in the steering box.
The speed run was cut short by an almighty top end rattle loud enough to hear over the wind roar, door rattle etc. Turned out to be a tappet adjusting screw had loosened itself, so no long term damage.
A Mk III tested by The Motor magazine in 1955 had a top speed of 93.6 mph (150.6 km/h) and could accelerate from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 17.4 seconds. A fuel consumption of 22.1 miles per imperial gallon (12.8 L/100 km; 18.4 mpg‑US) was recorded.
Real wasn't until c. 1977 in my 3.4 S-Type Jaguar. Traveling to Switzerland via Germany found it would cruise happily at around 95 and top out around 110 - mid range of the speedometer indication, which is consistent with the Oracle:
I almost managed 100mph in my ‘86 GTV 2.0 aged 19, but only managed 95mph before I chickened out. First time I did go 100mph or more was in a rental car in Germany with my dad driving. We managed 130mph in a VW Passat rental. Last time I did 100mph+ was heading home from the UK through Germany in my 1968 TVR Vixen. It topped out at an indicated 190kph (~118mph) on the gps in 4th @ 5200rpm. That was very scary as I was far from the quickest on the road and probably the most unsafe car as well 😅
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First time in a car at a genuine 100 I would have been in my early teens, my cousins boyfriend at the time had a Mach1 Mustang custom known as G-Force. And he took it off the clock going up the M1 to Santa Pod.
With myself riding/driving would have been on tuned KH250 Allspeeds etc. which probably made it to a genuine ton at 17. Car wise I regularly wound my tuned Singer Chammy Coupe off the clock and then some but who knows what the speed was. But driving well over the ton would have been in 3 cars - My Alfa Guilia Berlina 2000 - Mate Dave's Dolly Sprint and Mate Richard's Perana Capri.
Fastest recently was driving a Qashqai which I managed to wring an indicated 210KPH out of between Osnabruck and Dusseldorf.
Post by surprisingskoda on Jul 10, 2019 12:51:26 GMT
I believe I managed 101mph in my green Skoda Favorit GLXiE estate. It would almost certainly have been downhill, probably a very long downhill stretch! as the car was only capable of 93-95 by itself. A steep descent between Dumfries and Stranraer springs to mind. I am pretty sure I hit 97mph there first, and was so determined to get 100. Then again, back in 2005-2008 I was back and forward to shows in England up to 4 times a year and there were a couple of Favorits that did the trip more than once, so it might have been 97 one on trip, 101 on the next. Likely two up with camping gear loaded too.
Fastest ever I've done was 140 in my 156 V6 one night when my dad couldn't breathe and had to text me late at night to ring an ambulance, thankfully I was awake and after doing so I covered the 55 miles distance faster than the ambulance covered the 21 from the hospital. I recall the car getting pretty sketchy at 141, and it tops out at 143. Sometimes I harp on about why I'll only run good branded tyres and OEM quality suspension parts, instances like that prove why.
I remember my Dad saying we did 100 in our 1986 Escort 1.4 GL but i think he was having me on as i couldnt see the spedometer. Been in a few fast cars as a kid but don't think they ever got over 100 as it was short bursts in an MR2 or Sierra Cosworth etc around town.
Personally -Saxo (car 1) couldn't go over 85mph. -Escort mk5 1.5 Mistral, definitely remember doing 104mph in this and feeling impressed. -Escort mk3 1.1 85mph tops again (wouldnt like to do 100 in this tbh) -Focus mk1 1.4 estate... probably the last time i went 100 in my own car. I remember passing a Porsche at 105 on the m40 and the steering felt really lite... let the power ease off and went back down to 70... a pretty horrible experience haha.
Being driven - aged 15 (I think) on holiday (Dad driving, naturally) in France in a Vauxhall Royale 2.8. I didn’t see the speedo but the toll booth ticket showed the distance (161km) and duration (59 mins). That’s when I learnt 161kph is 100mph..
Next time was 4 up in a Fiat UNO turbo Mk1 owned by a fellow apprentice.
Driving - I got a ticket for 99.51mph on the M40 (that’s the vascar readout he used but apparently I wasn’t slowing down..) in my first Scimitar, so that was probably it.
"ton up" was not such an achievement in the 1980s due to ever increasing scrutiny of drag coefficients, you only needed about 80bhp to achieve it. but the answer remains the same, 2 grands worth of credit from the bank of mum and dad saw me a "nice safe cavalier" from trusty bishops motors. it was only a 90 horsepower L model, the identity crisis in this photo came later and was my fault. the engine was punchy though, under square, free revving, GM varajett II carb which was a weird beast, had a normal carb barrel plus a second one that behaved like an SU carb, a quoted top speed of 107 (ooooh) enough to get the pulses racing down the M2 near rochester, where i obviously did not do 100 for the first time on the way back from ice skating, ossifer.
Lots of mentions of Vauxhall and in particular Cavalier SRi related achievements, I can't profess to being any different being an 80's child
I must've been around 10 when I remember dad hitting the magic ton on the A21 in his '85 SRI, in fact he was decidedly more excited than I was when I reached it for myself in my mum's old 1.2 Nova L... probably as I was rather scared at the time! Topping 150 in Germany in my old 328i was even less of an event. Alas both the Vauxhalls are no longer with us, some cracking memories from both of those cars that shaped rather a lot of my childhood and early driving years. The BMW however is still on the road somewhere.
In a Lada Riva Estate going down the runway at Elvington Airfield.
There’s a collection of words that don’t often share the same sentence.....
I need to know more bout this. I once got a Riva up to 80 on a long down hill stretch of A road, then discovered how bad the brakes were! That was one of the scariest self inflicted situations I've ever been in in a car.
I used to go down to the massive Beaulieu autojumbles with my Dad, his little VW Derby would do 90 uphill and 105 downhill all the way there. Did 120 in his first Gilbern Genie. 100+ in most of the cars I've owned, 135 in my SD1 V8. All on autobahns and of course I meant the Beaulieu near Berlin.