BenzWorld Junior Member
Date registered: Jun 2014
Vehicle: 2000 SL 500
Location: Central East Coast (NJ)
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One Thursday evening in June 1963, I drove at least 135 MPH on the road that runs from Dewey Beach to Bethany Beach, DE. The Indian River Inlet bridge was being rebuilt & the section of road ( Inlet to Bethany Beach) was not being traveled much by anyone during the rebuild.
I was driving an 1957 Super 88 Olds with a four barrel, not even the 3 duce's set up which was available back then. The speedometer only registered up to 130 but didn't peg out until well after that. I pegged it at what might have been 145 to 150 & the car was still picking up speed. I let off at that point & the phone poles really did look pretty much like a picket fence. I knew I had been lucky to not have encountered a State Trooper & no other traffic at all. If you doubt a "57" Olds would run that fast I would remind you that Richard Petty's Dad drove that Super 88 model in the stock car races. His was however set up with the 3 duce's which were a bitch to keep the linkage adjusted. Great low end torque & an upper end which was rarely explored. Back then I was in my teens & the Concord pike, just North of Wilmington was also a good drag spot for me to chew on Vet's. I usually left them in total shock because they thought I was driving "your Dad's Oldsmobile". Today I am much more conservative & never drive much over 90 MPH, very rarely & never with a passenger in my vehicle. I am sure others will come back with higher speeds & in much sweeter model cars then this comment.