Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: Cornwall, UK
Vehicle: Mercedes SLK350, Manual, 2004, Silver, Black Leather interior, RHD
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Just about every car I have ever owned I had maxed out at one time, or another. Many years ago "we" got onto the M42 (before it opened - not even the lane markings in place) and blasted up and down and had a wonderful time. There's an airfield not too far from me that owes me some tyres as well.
Now days its somewhat different, I've my favorite bits of road and when conditions permit I have a little fun but generally not for long. I may make faster progress than average but I like to keep my distance, I don't like company on the road. So top down not so fast, primary reason that would be on A-road not motorway, (no motorways in Cornwall you know) and top up, well lets just say I haven't maxed it out, not even close - and don't really feel the need to. I didn't really buy the car for its top speed, but more for its acceleration and handling.
On the subject of going fast. I used to travel up the Country to my parents on Christmas Eve (it just worked out like that). Now I wasn't hanging about, but my God cars would come past me at some speed. These were the days of XJ12's and XJS's, the odd Porsch and the big Merc's of course. The big saloons would kind of float at the rear, going far to fast for their soft suspension (probably around 150mph). You would see a wisp of blue from the exhaust as well, in the few seconds you had before they disappeared into the distance.
These day I wonder if you drove like that how many speeding tickets you could pick up between here and the Midlands - times have changed :-)