My most memorable ride in a automobile would have to be self inflicted. It happened back in 1978 when I was a senior in high school and I was driving a totally stock 1970 Pontiac GTO with a 400 cubic motor, a turbo 400 trans and a posi rear dif with 4:10 gears. The car was factory rated at 350 horse but with white wall tires and full wheel covers it was a true sleeper with 49,000 miles on the clock. There was a couple of guys in my high school that were always giving me shit about my GTO and that it had no guts, they proposed to race me out north of town but I turned them down every time because I knew they couldn’t be trusted. I knew sure as shooting they would try to run me off the road. Finally one day I had a grand idea on how to shut them up for good.
I offered to take them for a ride if they would put $5.00 in premium fuel in my car (it was 69 cents a gallon back then and with 10 and 1/2 compression there was no choice) and so they agreed. After putting the fuel in at the Texaco station they both got in the back seat and we headed north towards the county park that was three miles north of town. On the way up to the park I warmed the old girl up by taking her up to about 100 miles per hour, at the park entrance I started to do a U-turn in the middle of the State Highway and head back towards town. Directly south of the park entrance was a river bridge then the road started a long 1/2 mile climb until it reached the plateau on top. After getting through half the U-turn at the entrance I stuffed the gas pedal tight to the floor which caused the tires to start smoking and I held it there until we crested the top of the hill when I looked down at the speedometer and it had just pasted 130. At this moment the poor old girl was really screaming and I knew she didn’t have too much more in her but I hollered to the back seat “is this fast enough or should I go faster”. I believe I made my point, I heard something from the back seat that sounded like a whimper “fast enough”. I then brought the GTO down to the posted speed limit and cruised her back to the school and needless to say I never heard a single comment from those two jerks ever again. I must say, that was FUN !!