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Anyone Seen This UFO?

Corvette is fastest of them all --

Going from zero to 60 mph in one second will make people stop and stare, but Rod Saboury need not drive his 2,400-horsepower, twin-turbo-charged Corvette that fast to grab attention.

Sometimes, the Millers resident and National Hot Rod Association driver cruises along Carroll County's streets or pulls up into a McDonald's drive-through, and then heads turn - fixated on the Corvette's dragster-engine sound, fire-red exterior and hot-rod designs.

"It's like driving a UFO on the highway," says Saboury, 58, whose 1963-model Corvette is widely regarded as the fastest street-legal car on the planet. The car so impressed the editors at Super Chevy magazine that the 35-year-old publication named Saboury's Corvette as its inaugural Car of the Year in its February issue.

In fact, Super Chevy editor Jim Campisano is among those who have seen the Corvette's performance up close. He was there when Saboury posted eye-popping practice-run times in the Corvette during last summer's O'Reilly Auto Parts Super Chevy Show at Summit Motor Sports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.

Saboury clocked his car at zero to 60 mph in one second. Moreover, the track's Compulink timing system (which doesn't measure miles per hour until the eighth-mile mark) clocked him reaching the eighth-mile mark at 4.56 seconds (159.27 mph).

Then the Corvette reached the quarter-mile mark in 6.95 seconds at 210.54 mph - the fastest-ever recorded drag strip run by a street-legal car.

"You can tell that he was so exited that he almost forgot to brake," said Summit race director Nettie Damon, who clocked Saboury's eighth-mile and quarter-mile times.

The feat was the accomplishment of Saboury's much-sought-after goal of running a quarter-mile in the six-second range with a car that meets all requirements necessary to pass an inspection and be registered and insured in a state. That includes working headlights and tail lights, working doors, windshield wipers and turn signals.

Saboury's efforts also silenced detractors in hot-rod circles who claimed that such speeds were not possible in a 1963 Corvette.

"Think of a plane getting catapulted off the deck of an aircraft carrier; it was insane," Campisano said of Saboury's feat. "And the tires he uses are street legal tires. His car runs on pump gas. It's not unusual to have a fast street car, but his has cup holders and power windows."
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That is a feat worthy of admiration. Street legal? Yes. Drivable and reliable on the street, no fucking way.
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I hope he has a kevlar and steel tunnel for when that driveshaft goes into puree mode.


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It kinda looks like drew in there.
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That thing is in Maryland. It's licensed as a Street Rod
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I knew this cheap gasoline would lead somewhere naughty
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That's pretty brutal. I've had bikes rated at 0-60 in 2.5 to 2.8 secs and acceleration due to gravity is about 2.75 secs. That thing could sure wup the '87.

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