The result is a constant, pervasive gas smell when you're standing anywhere in the car's vicinity.
More importantly, however, they had a lead car to follow through most of Pennsylvania. It was the first of several they'd have along the trip: a friend of Ed's or Dave's who lived along the way and volunteered to get on the highway a few hours before the CL55 came raging past. The lead car would drive the speed limit, 150 or 200 miles ahead, and warn the team of police, construction, or other potential issues. It made all the difference on the first leg.
Indeed. Just this morning I achieved something that the haters would dismiss as merely "eating breakfast," which in truth involved mastication with a precision-shaped set of enamel-covered grinding elements attached to an articulated frame controlled by a series of electronically actuated biomechanical elements driven by electrical signals from a massively complex cognition apparatus. All of these elements are the result of literally millions of years of precision research and design. I am truly fascinated by the feats I have accomplished today, and by the sheer audacity involved in realizing this achievement.
1969 was the year of the ultimate squad; for a quarter century afterwards, nothing could match its performance capability - the 1969 Polara Pursuit. This was the apex of the high-power era, the last year before lower compression engines and tightening emisions requirements. The 1969 Polara Pursuit, with its 375 bhp 440, sleek new "fuselage" bodystyle, and standard 3.23 axle, could do 0-60 in 6.3 seconds, the quarter mile in 14.3 seconds (at over 99 mph), and run out to a top speed of (or, by some accounts, above) 147 mph.
"All of this started in 1933 when a crazy man from Indiana named Edwin "Cannonball" Baker drove from New York to Los Angeles in 53 hours and 30 minutes in some car called the Blue Streak. No one knows Baker's motivation for the run, but his 50 mph average was highly impressive, considering the interstate system was not yet built. The record went unbeaten for 40 years."
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