Warning: Don’t try this at home, on the road, or anywhere else. It could be dangerous.
The following is an excerpt from Trust the Timing, from the chapter,”You’re Only Immortal for a Limited Time,” told from David’s point of view. The title comes from a song by Rush. To learn more about Trust the Timing, click here.
It was in October of ’74 that I bought The Monster. It was a black ‘69 Chevelle with a 396 cubic inch motor, a four speed transmission, and 3.08 gears in the rear. It wasn’t fast off the line, and I started out pretty mellow for the first week or so. But the tachometer showed there were a lot of RPMs left to go in that engine. One quiet week-day afternoon, I decided it was time for a speed test on I-95. As soon as I passed under the Boom Bridge Road overpass, I had a clear run. I dropped into third gear and mashed the accelerator to the floor. Every nerve in my body became more alive. I passed cars going half my speed in under two seconds. I’d never gone that fast before. I was hooked.
I’d had the Chevelle for a few weeks when I thought of taking Mom for a ride, hoping to share the excitement. I didn’t have a girlfriend at the time. I’d dated here and there, but nothing long term. I was too focused on work to have a steady girlfriend. Mom had been working at the bank all week. I figured she could use some fun. We drove out to route 184 nice and easy. I wound out the RPM’s slowly before shifting, so she wouldn’t feel the acceleration right away.
Going down Pious Hill, Mom asked, “How fast are we going?”
I didn’t say anything, continuing to accelerate as I noticed the needle just passing through 120mph.
“Slow down! How fast are we going?” Mom yelled.
I looked at the speedometer. “140,” I said.
“Stop this car! Stop this car now! Slow this car down right now!”
Mom was some kinda mad. So, I backed off the accelerator.
“Take me home!” she demanded with fire coming out of her eyes. She was pretty upset with me, but calmed down by the time we got to the traffic circle a mile and a half down the road.
“That was cool, huh?” I grinned.
“Don’t you ever drive that fast again!”
Several months later Mom would enjoy bragging to my brother’s hot rod friends about how fast she had been going down Pious Hill.
“You boys ain’t got nothin’ on me,” she’d say. “I’ve been 140 miles an hour on that road.” Then, being the parent, she made it clear that it was a foolish endeavor and that they should drive the speed limit.
Thanks to Dan Antion for bringing the prompt to us, and to Linda Hill for creating Just Jot It January. You can find more jots here:
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