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Similar experience to Wil in a 360 Challenge at the Glen....but agian, no 200MPH

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Old 01-29-2004, 12:20 PM
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OK, 150 in a'69 427 Vette on bias ply tires.
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110 mph on a Vincent Black Shadow with weak brakes. Got a split lip from a bumble bee.
Sweeet.
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150+ mph in the SC, but the most fun is doing 150 in my station wagon (OK, so it's a turbo quattro) and passing a boxster that thought he could get away! The wagon speedo is accurate in the 80s according to those stand-alone radars boards that get parked alongside highways, but I've never had the 911 around one.

The most energizing was a 150 luggage test on my CBR1000F, but bike speedos tend to lie about that a bit.

My old mechanic tried to talk me into doing the roll cage 200+ thing in Mexico about a dozen years ago, I just couldn't talk myself into it for some reason
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110 mph on a Vincent Black Shadow with weak brakes. Got a split lip from a bumble bee.
Sweeet.
Is there a Black Shadow that doesn't have weak brakes? How long ago was that?

Me, 145 mph or so at TWS on my old Honda Hurricane in a CRRC race in 1988. You should feel the wind rush when you poke you head up out of the bubble at 145. The first time you do it, the helmet right is getting ripped right off your head.

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135 mph, 911S, Southbound I-680 between 580 & Sunol - waay back when there was nothing there but asphault and wind... Front end got really light...
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Harald, Thanks for rubbing it in...first the guys from Kalifornya and now this.....
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Best answer so far: "110 mph on a Vincent Black Shadow with weak brakes. Got a split lip from a bumble bee. Sweeet."
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Hmm, within the earth's atmosphere is a tricky qualification. The absolute world record for speed in a parachute jump was set by Kittinger in 1960 at 714 MPH. He exited at 102,800 feet (still, technically, the "atmosphere") and exceeded the speed of sound at that altitude.

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That's freakin' nuts!

I wonder if he burned up on re-entry...
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at 11,200 rpm (redline) about 150-170. Kinda hard to tell because everything is buzzing, the noise is incredible, and besides your focus is on the track and upcoming turn/braking issues. What is funny is how slow 100 seems after any sustained high speed straight. Another funny is lifting your head out of tuck too early (i.e., over 100 or so) to start to set up for a corner and find out that your helmet makes a nice drag chute.
Also, God forbid you forget to snug your collar or leg zip pouch as at high speeds it doesnt take much to create another mini drag chute. A minor swerve at hose speeds results in instant load to the shorts...

I find high speeds in a car boring, unless:
1) turning!
2) Someone else is driving
3) Trees or something close to enhance perception of relative speed (like an embankment or gaurddrail, or piece of some car on the track)
4) Off road

By the way, I went for a jaunt once with a friend who had a car set up for autocross, down a forest road. I have no idea how fat we were going as I was petrified the entire time. Different strokes for different folks.
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Hey Eric... is that just the best? rotating from a belly-down to head-down... you feel like you've been shot out of a cannon. I just love the acceleration feeling. Going back to belly-down (and arching to burn the speed off) is cool to. At around my 50th jump, I did my first head-down. Held it too long.. to about 5,000 feet. Went to bellydown, arched and dumped. I was still going fast. The opening was brutal. I had bruises in my groin area for a month! Newbie mistake. I won't do that again.
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OK, 150 in a'69 427 Vette on bias ply tires.
I think we have to handicap Mark 20mph for the, probably not even speed rated, bias ply tires.

Black shadow and bumblebees, that's good. Heck, just a black shadow is cool.
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Fell out of a balloon from 12500 agl head first, naked= 200+ no problem
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Agree with speed is relative, 200+ straight line is the same as supersonic at 40K+ feet, yawn. Now 600 knots at 100-200 feet will make you sit up and pay attention.
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137 mph in toblu on richmond bridge-downhill slightly. Over 140 on the back of a motorcycle w\no helmet way back when I didn't care. Barried the speedo in my 72 capri coming back form Cuesta college in san luis on highway 1. I was drafting a brand new Iroc at the time. Estimated speed-over 140 easy. That car hauled ass! The down side of that race was that the iroc crashed in front of me at over 90 mph. Flew into a ditch and busted both his legs.
Top speed-169 mph in a wanabe nascar at las vegas speedway. Fastest I have gone-181 in a nascar, but I was not driving. there is something about going over 170 mph into a corner when your not driving. It's a feeling that can't be explained.
I have no idea how many times I have been in my friends hot rods and easily gone over 100 mph from stop light to stop light. That is bay far much more exciting-why? because of how freaky it is going that fast and coming to a stop in time. Just like a roller coaster ride.
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Nope. 120-ish is the avg. for (most) belly-to-earth freefall. However with a head-down orientation, tight jumpsuit, and a bit of practice, you can exceed 200mph. A weighted lead vest helps a bit too. The current freefall speed record (within the Earth's atmosphere) is just over 320 mph!

I tought Kittinger went a bit faster than that, jumping off a baloon?
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