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The Birthday of the Speeding Ticket

I read this morning that today is the birthday of the speeding ticket.  Many of us have gotten speeding tickets over the years, but no one likes the sudden appearance of blue lights flashing behind them when they’re on their merry way home from work, or anywhere else for that matter.  Especially if you drive an exotic sports car, such as some of the ones that we sell here at Select Luxury Cars, the police just might assume that you’re going to speed just because you drive a car that can go double, triple, or more over the highway speed limits.

In the immortal words of Joe Walsh in “Life’s been good,” “My Maserati does 185.  I lost my license, now I don’t drive.”

(For you fans of the song, here’s a video of Joe Walsh performing it live at Wembley Arena)

So in honor of, or perhaps in a warped tribute to, the first speeding ticket, here are a few facts and tips.

From Wikipedia’s entry on “Traffic Ticket,” here’s some speeding trivia:

  • The fastest speeding ticket in the world allegedly occurred in May 2003 in Texas. It was supposedly 242mph in a 75mph zone. The car was a Swedish-built Koenigsegg CCX, which was involved in the San Francisco to Miami Gumball 3000 Rally.[5]
  • The fastest convicted speeder in the UK was Daniel Nicks, convicted of 175 mph on a Honda Fireblade motorcycle in 2000. He received six weeks in jail and was banned from driving for two years.[6]
  • The fastest UK speeder in a car was Timothy Brady, caught driving a 3.6-litre Porsche 911 Turbo at 172 mph on the A420 in Oxfordshire in January 2007 and jailed for 10 weeks and banned from driving for 3 years.[7]
  • Also, in the UK visiting from Japan, Kazuhiko “Smokey” Nagata did 324kph (201mph) on the A1M in a RB26DETT powered Toyota Supra tuned by the company he founded, Top Secret. He was arrested, fined, and banned from driving in the UK. Numerous videos on YouTube show the top speed run, which was filmed by Video Option reporters. One of the reporters hid the tape in his jeans to avoid it being confiscated and being used as evidence against Smokey.
  • The most expensive speeding ticket ever given is believed to be the one given to Jussi Salonoja in Helsinki, Finland, in 2003. Salonoja, the 27-year-old heir to a company in the meat-industry, was fined £116,000 for driving 80 km/h in a 40 km/h zone. The uncommonly large fine was due to Finnish speeding tickets being relative to the offender’s last known income. Salonoja’s speeding ticket was not the first ticket given in Finland reaching six figures.[8]
  • Film actor and director Harry Myers received the world’s first speeding ticket in 1904, Dayton, Ohio, police ticketed Harry Myers for going twelve miles per hour on West Third Street.[9][10]
  • (Note: according to the US Census Bureau, as referenced on the blog Ask MJ : May 20th, 1899, Jacob German (a New York City cab driver) was arrested for speeding. He was also driving 12 miles per hour, down Lexington street in Manhattan.  He was imprisoned in the East 22nd Street station house.  He didn’t have to surrender his registration and license, as those weren’t required by law until 1901 in New York.”)
  • Another early speeding ticket was issued in 1910 to Lady Laurier, the wife of Wilfrid Laurier, Prime Minister of Canada, in Ottawa, Canada, for exceeding the 10 miles per hour speed limit.[11]

Now for the advice:  What do you do if you get pulled over for speeding?  What do you do if you can’t talk your way out of a ticket?

Well, this post on Lifehacker offers 18 tips, both to avoid getting the ticket in the first place, and to get it dismissed if possible.  The first 4 tips I’ve quoted here, but for the rest visit their site via the link above.

1. Get your attitude right.

Fighting with the police officer never increases your chances of leniency. You want him to like you. Prepare to achieve this goal.

2. Turn your car off, and turn the interior lights of your car on.

Place your hands at 10 and 2 on the steering wheel and remove your sunglasses or hat. Some people even advise you to place your keys on the roof of your car as a sign of total submission. Never, ever get out of the car.

The whole point of this is to take any unnecessary tension out of the encounter. You want the officer to be comfortable. Imagine the types of people and the dangers that most officers have had to deal with. Be just the opposite.

3. Be very polite and do exactly what the nice cop with the big gun says.

Save your pleas until after the basics are finished. Many officers will never speak to you until after they’ve done the basics. It’s almost a litmus test for jerk drivers.

4. Once the officer has gotten your information, ask him politely if you may speak to him about your violation.

If you know you broke the law, admit it vehemently and tell the officer that he was completely right for pulling you over. Honest officers will admit that there is a lot of pride in police work, and, if you can sufficiently satisfy the pride factor, sometimes officers don’t feel it necessary to punish you any further. The better you make the officer feel; the more likely he’s going to like you enough to let you go.

One thing I’ve found helpful is to have your driver’s license and proof of insurance in hand by the time the officer gets to your car.  They’re going to ask you for it anyway, so start things off right and have it ready.  You want to show them the courtesy of making their job easier.  If you’re going to have to reach into your glove compartment or anywhere else not in plain sight, let the officer know where you’re reaching and why.  You may not be a criminal, but the officer never knows what will happen when they pull someone over.  Making them feel at ease works in your favor as well.

Another suggestion: pull over somewhere out of the way – if you are on the highway and an exit is coming up, put your turn signal on and go ahead to the exit, then pull over in a parking lot or somewhere safe.  The officer won’t be as happy if you pull over on a highway full of fast-moving cars as he or she will be if it takes an extra 30 seconds or so to go somewhere safer.

We hope this is both helpful and entertaining!  If you’re in the market for a used luxury car or a preowned sports car, visit our website or stop by our Atlanta pre-owned auto dealership. Or click here for Mapquest directions to Select Luxury Cars.

Select Luxury Cars | 985 Cobb Parkway South, Marietta, GA 30060 | 770-421-0070 | 1-800-283-7224 | info@selectluxury.com

Buyer Beware: Great Article from the BBB on VIN Cloning

We at Select Luxury Cars want to do what we can to help you avoid getting ripped off.  From time to time we will post information that we feel is useful to you.   This article on the Better Business Bureau website, titled VIN Cloning Swindles Luxury Car Buyers, is a few years old but the information in it is as valid as ever. This usually happens in private-party transactions such as buying from an individual who has advertised on Craigslist or in the local newspaper, but some dealers do end up with such cars if they aren’t careful about doing their due diligence on each and every vehicle (don’t worry – we are VERY careful about this!).

From the BBB article:

This type of scam artist preys on middle-income consumers who are thrilled to get a great deal on an expensive vehicle. To help prevent falling victim to VIN cloning, the Better Business Bureau suggests the following:

  • Be extremely cautious if you see a late model luxury car selling significantly under normal market price.
  • Do not fall for the “we need cash quickly” excuse; exercise due diligence.
  • Check the VIN number on the dashboard against the car’s title documents. If there is a discrepancy, that is a definite red flag.
  • Make certain the dashboard VIN number also matches the number under the hood and at the door jamb on the driver’s side.
  • Closely examine the car’s title, registration and other documents. Fake documents sometimes contain misspelled words, which points to something amiss.
  • If you still have questions about the validity of the vehicle’s VIN, obtain a comprehensive vehicle history report.

If you feel like you might be a victim of VIN cloning, contact your local police department.

Select Luxury Cars has an A+ Rating by the Better Business Bureau and are a BBB Accredited business.   A link to the BBB Reliability Report for Select Luxury Cars is here. We also provide CarFax reports on all of our cars – we want you to feel completely at ease when making a major purchase such as a used luxury car.

Speeding Tickets from Space?

April 22, 2010 1 comment

Another new technology is being tested to reduce speeding.  For those of us who have a heavy foot and tend to drive fast, this isn’t good news.  Radar detectors and other such devices may become obsolete if the “Speedspike” system takes off.   The good news is that it doesn’t seem to be able to handle short bursts of speed (at least not yet), but can measure accurate speeds over long distances.  So if you’re planning on driving that BMW Convertible or Maserati convertible on your next road trip, enjoy the speed while  you can.

From a post on Slashdot and an article on the UK news site The Telegraph, here are some more details:

Satellites being used to catch speeders as a test in the UK

Satellites being used to catch speeders as a test in the UK - image from Telegraph.co.uk

A new kind of speed camera that uses satellites to measure average speed over long distances is being tested in Britain. The “Speedspike” system combines plate reading technology with a global positioning satellite receiver to calculate average speed between any two points in the area being monitored. From the article: “Details of the trials are contained in a House of Commons report. The company said in its evidence that the cameras enabled ‘number plate capture in all weather conditions, 24 hours a day.’ It also referred to the system’s ‘low cost’ and ease of installation.” I can’t wait to see the episode of MythBusters where they try to avoid getting a speeding ticket from a satellite.

At millions of dollars a pop, satellites aren’t exactly “affordable” but I suppose that the increased revenue from all the new speeding tickets, without the costs of adding more policemen, could make this pay for itself pretty quickly.

License number plate capture regardless of weather conditi0ns…wow. That’s pretty amazing.

Happy and safe driving!

Select Luxury Cars 985 Cobb Parkway Marietta, GA 30060 770-421-0070

Toward a New Land Speed Record: the North American Eagle “Turbojet Car”

We found a really interesting article on XConomy Seattle and just had to share it with you.  Ed Shadle, 68, and Keith Zanghi, 55, partners and co-owners of the North American Eagle, are nearing the end of “a more than 11-year journey to build the fastest land vehicle in the world. The goal: 800 miles per hour.”  That’s faster than the speed of sound.  According to Wikipedia, “In dry air at 20 °C (68 °F), the speed of sound is 343 meters per second (1,125 ft/s). This equates to 1,236 kilometers per hour (768 mph), or about one kilometer in three seconds and about one mile in five seconds.”

There are a number of competitors to break the current world record for land speed of 763.1 mph, held by Great Britain’s Richard Noble and Andy Green since 1997 with their ThrustSSC.  To set the new record and beat its competitors,

the North American Eagle will have to beat the previous record holders by one percent, meaning that it will need to be clocked at a speed of 770.7 mph for a distance of one mile, twice within a 60-minute time period (going in opposite directions). The two measurements, taken to ensure there is no tailwind advantage, are averaged to give a final speed. In order to push the Eagle even harder, the team has made a number of additions to the engine, including switching from a two-line to a four-line burner, allowing twice as much fuel to be pumped into the afterburner in the same amount of time, and adding about 2,000 more horsepower to the engine.

That, my friends, is FAST and POWERFUL.  Take a look at the North American Eagle:

The North American Eagle: Future World Land Speed Record Holder?

The North American Eagle: Future World Land Speed Record Holder?

The North American Eagle is a 56-foot-long tubular car built from the fuselage of a Lockheed F-104 Starfighter. Shadle and his crew are all based in Washington state.

For both Shadle and Zanghi, the thirst for speed was born out of a love of drag racing at an early age. And naturally, like any “typical teenager of that era,” as Shadle calls himself, drag racing led to more racing at higher speeds, and eventually, flight.

“For me, it started back when I was just a kid back in the late ‘40s, early ‘50s. My uncles were all back from World War II and they got into stock car racing—the old jalopies running on dirt tracks. And of course we used to go to the races, so I’d hang out in the pits and watch my hero uncles,” Shadle said. “My first drag race on a real strip was at an airport. We raced on Friday nights for 50 cents and you could race all night.” Later, in his 20s, Shadle joined the Air Force and developed his career as a pilot.

“Just like Ed, we all grew up with the space program. The Mercury astronauts were my heroes—the Gemini and Apollo [as well]. All I did was build model airplanes when I was a kid,” Zanghi said.

Ed Shadle in the cockpit of the North American Eagle, a contender for the world land speed record

Ed Shadle in the cockpit of the North American Eagle, a contender for the world land speed record

Wish them luck, success, and safety as they speed towards and through the sound barrier!  I wonder if they’ll play Coldplay’s “Speed of Sound” at the victory celebration party?  I think it’s appropriate.

We’ve got some fast exotic sports cars here at Select Luxury Cars in Marietta, GA (just Northwest of Atlanta), but nothing quite like this!  Still, you can call us at 770-421-0070 or visit our Atlanta luxury car showroom at 985 Cobb Parkway South, Marietta, GA 30060.  Or email us at info@selectluxury.com.

The Great Customer Reviews Keep on Coming

We’ve shared how one of the best parts of selling beautiful used luxury cars is hearing great feedback from happy clients.  This includes referrals, repeat customers, and sharing their experience with us on review sites and directories.  Here’s one that one of our clients posted on the Select Luxury Cars page on Bing Local:

Select Luxury Cars atlanta car dealership review on bing

Actual customer review on Bing for Select Luxury Cars

Doug really helped me throughout the sales process. I felt like I was helped into buying, not pushed into buying. All of my questions were answered, even a couple of questions I had after I bought my car. I’ve already sent a few friends here when they were looking for a quality used car at a fair price.

CarAficionadoMarch 8, 2010

And here’s one that another customer posted about us on the Select Luxury Cars profile page on CitySearch:

Luxury and cars at its BEST

by carguy5oh at Citysearch

Select Luxury Cars is a first class dealership. I have never been able to say about another dealership, that my entire experience was memorable and completely positive, but at select luxury cars I was welcomed and treated with respect and professionalism. All the staff were very friendly and accomodating. Finance was prearranged and a breeze. Car was an absolute dream and looked better in person then on any of the 30 plus photos. I felt as though I was a priority guest and not just another car being rotated off the lot. I highly recommend Select Luxury to ALL. They are a great organization and a fabulous group of people. They definately know their stuff and have it down to a T.

  • Pros: personal service and high standard of excellence
  • Cons: none

(he gave us a 5-star rating – thank you!)

If you’ve done business with us, would you mind taking a couple of minutes to help us help more people get their dream cars?  We’d certainly appreciate it!   Just visit the pages above and write an honest review about your experience with our luxury car dealership in Marietta, GA.  Or if you prefer to write a review on another site, we’d appreciate that too. Here are a couple to make it easy for you:

Select Luxury Cars on Yahoo! Local

Select Luxury Cars on Yelp

Select Luxury Cars on MerchantCircle

Select Luxury Cars on Kudzu.com

Or if you have another favorite, feel free to share your experience there.

We know that these days, people do their homework online before buying a used car, getting a car loan, or any other major purchase.  Having a number of customer reviews on several sites helps customers make a more educated decision about the company they’re about to do business with, and that also helps us keep our marketing and advertising costs down so we can keep our prices competitive.  It’s a win-win for everyone, so we thank you in advance for your time !

Or if you’d like to contact us directly, feel free to visit our Atlanta used luxury car dealership at 985 Cobb Parkway South. Marietta, GA 30060, mail us at P.O. Box 6397, Marietta, GA 30065-0397, call us at 770-421-0070 or toll free at 1-800-283-7224, or email info@selectluxury.com.

Like the guys at Bartle’s & Jayme’s used to say in their 1980’s ads, thanks for your support.  (Just don’t mix wine coolers or other alcohol with driving!)

Driverless Cars on the Silk Road from Rome to Shanghai

This looks like it will be a very interesting experiment – green-powered driverless cars.  This summer, Italian company VisLab is participating in the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, China.   The project is partially funded by the European Research Council, or ERC, to demonstrate the possibility of transporting goods from one continent to another in new ways, specifically:

– with Green-powered, non-polluting vehicles

– with almost no human intervention

The trip will begin in Rome, and will collect some goods throughout the trip for eventual delivery to Shanghai.  This will be the first trip like this in history.   Here’s a map of the route:

route map for driverless car test Vislab Intercontinental Autonomous Challenge

The Vislab Intercontinental Autonomous Challenge

From VisLab’s web page about this project:

The idea

The aim is to demonstrate, through an extensive and impressive test, that the current technology is mature enough for the deployment of non-polluting and no-oil based autonomous vehicles in real conditions. Moreover the Municipality of Rome, an active player in  this project, is planning to exploit these vehicles downtown to deliver goods to shops, collect trash, and arrange sustainable mobility in the last mile.

The vehicles

Two electric vehicles will perform a 13,000 km trip mainly powered by solar energy, with no driver; two backup vehicles will be part of the trip as well. As a support, 4 Overland trucks will follow the expedition to provide a mechanic shop, storage, and accommodation; finally two additional trucks will be used for media coverage and will be equipped for live satellite broadcasting.

The cars are loaded with computing power and get continual real-time data about their surroundings through a series of onboard cameras and GPS data.  For this trip, the first car will require occasional human intervention, while the second is planned to be 100% driverless based on line-of-sight data, GPS data and more, some of which will be transmitted from the first car.

There are some videos available on the VisLab website and, though they’re in Italian, you can still get an idea about how it works.

I don’t know about you, but I enjoy driving, especially on long, winding stretches of road.  And that holds especially true for a sports car.  That said, moving towards having automated driving in cities could free us up to be more productive during our commute times.  Maybe this is the next step towards the “Johnny Cab” in the Arnold Schwartzenegger Sci-Fi classic, Total Recall? (Careful, there is some strong language in the video that might not be suitable for work).

Maybe one day we’ll have some of these available at our pre-owned luxury car dealership here at Select Luxury Cars?  For a Ferrari or Aston Martin, I like them more old-school – manual transmission, so as to feel more one with the road.  But for a Rolls-Royce or a Mercedes SUV?  Maybe.

For You Hard-Core Ferrari Fans – Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

From an interesting post on LuxuryAutoDirect.com – news about the new Ferrari theme park opening later this year on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.  Ferrari World Abu Dhabi will have a number of attractions including rides for all ages, shopping, dining and much more. 

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi - image linked from LuxuryAutoDirect.com

An exclusive image of the Ferrari World Abu Dhabi GT rollercoaster, one of two unique rollercoasters featured at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. The GT rollercoaster is a racing coaster, which will send two competing rollercoaster carriages sprinting along twisting parallel tracks on a race to the finish line. Each coaster car is a replica of a Ferrari F430 Spider.

Ferrari Racing Coaster F430 Spider Replica Cars

Ferrari Racing Coaster F430 Spider Replica Cars linked from LuxuryAutoDirect.com

This is one of twenty rides and attractions featured at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi designed to bring to life the Ferrari story and to celebrate the passion, excellence, performance and technical innovation that Ferrari has established over the years and represents today.

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is the world’s first Ferrari theme park and the largest attraction of its kind. It will open on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi in the second half of 2010.

You can find out more about Ferrari World Abu Dhabi at their website: http://www.ferrariworldabudhabi.com/

Or if you’d rather buy a Ferrari, visit the Select Luxury Cars dealership website.