Sun Tzu says that the best victory is when your opponent capitulates and surrenders without ever engaging. Hmmm, maybe that is what happened. I was returning from a trip south to see Mom and them and was in a turn lane behind a older Mid-80's Z/28. As I sat looking at the rear of the Z, I could see a fuel cell, braided metal fuel lines, a race car style battery cut-off switch in the bumper, etc. Rear tires were Micky-T drag radials. Very competitive arm-drop drags are popular in my area and it was clear from the loud, crisp revving chevy that this was not a stock old LT1. We turned onto the 4-lane headed west and he immediately romped on it and that confirmed my assessment as the old Z shot forward and squirrmed sideways as the rear tires fought for grip. The light at the next crossing turned red and we had a mile long straight in front with no traffic and no crossings. What to do??
Who knows what it had under the hood but not being one to shy away, I pulled along side in the other lane and clicked the 55 into "S"-mode. The driver was revving his engine and making all the right noises. I figured that I would let him have the jump and see if I could reel him in. The light turned green, my brain said "Go", I waited for the blast of noise from the old Chevy...
Nothing, nada, zip. I watched him slowly pull away quietly and then I rolled into the throttle and passed him, then rolled in more throttle and pulled away normally for me (fast) and he just tucked tail and surrendered,
. Oh well, if it was as fast as it sounded, I would likely have been busted
Thank You Sun Tzu