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March 8, 2017

Me and that Mercury stayed by side

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 12:18 pm

The title of my blog post is the title of a famous song about drag racing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtVX-qfUi6w

I used to own an Austin Healy 3000, which was a beat-up old wreck, that I bought for $600. My son fixed the gear shift, and worked a long time on tuning the engine.  I used to practice slipping the clutch; this was before laws on drag racing on city streets were strictly enforced.

Austin-Healey 3000 at 2010 Ottawa British Auto Show.jpg

Austin-Healy 3000

I would pull up beside a sports car, and while we were waiting for the red light to turn green, I would gun the engine to signal to the other driver that I wanted to drag race. I soon learned to do this so well that I was winning every time.

Porsche 911E ca 1969.jpg

Porshe 911 Carrera 1977

My boss at the company, where I worked, had an expensive new Porsche 911 Carrera.  It was green like the one in the picture above. He used to brag about it on a daily basis. According to him, nothing could beat a Porsche. I remember a song that had the words: “Me and that Porsche stayed by side”.

Finally, I challenged him to a drag race, where we would race “pink slip for pink slip.” If I lost, I wouldn’t be losing much.” If he lost, he would be losing $40,000 or more and his pride.

Finally, the big day arrived. I was ready, but much to my surprise, he chickened out. It’s a good thing that he did, because I think that I could have won.

7 Comments »

  1. I doubt his Carrera was worth “$40,000 or more”. The one you have pictured went for about $15k-$20k new.

    http://forums.pelicanparts.com/porsche-911-technical-forum/218624-1977-911s-original-selling-price.html

    But if you were taking into account inflation, then that is probably about right: a $15k-$20k car in 1977 would roughly equate to a $60k-$80k car in today’s dollars.

    Comment by blake121666 — March 8, 2017 @ 7:48 pm

  2. I THINK your boss might have won, unless your A-H (WHERE have we seen THOSE initials before?) was modified. I never thought of the 3000 as much of a dragster. More of a road racer, I’d say, though the Porsche would CERTAINLY have won a contest like that (road racing).

    Pinks. My, you DO go back!

    Comment by Jett Rucker — March 8, 2017 @ 2:24 pm

    • You wrote: “the Porsche would CERTAINLY have won a contest like that (road racing).”
      This was not a “road race”. It was a contest to see who could start the fastest. It was a contest to see who could put the car in gear the fastest.

      Comment by furtherglory — March 8, 2017 @ 5:32 pm

    • You wrote: “Pinks. My, you DO go back!”

      Do you mean that no one ever said to you: “I’ll race you pink for pink.”

      Comment by furtherglory — March 8, 2017 @ 5:36 pm

  3. Didn’t realize the AH was that fast…

    JR

    Comment by Jim Rizoli — March 8, 2017 @ 1:01 pm

    • You wrote: “Didn’t realize the AH was that fast…”

      An Austin Healy was not faster than a Porsche. The trick to winning a drag race was the ability to START the engine quickly and get the car up to speed very quickly. This was something that I practiced over and over.

      Comment by furtherglory — March 8, 2017 @ 1:13 pm

      • I get it! Off the mark quick pull away….but on the long haul……see ya later.

        JR

        Comment by Jim Rizoli — March 8, 2017 @ 1:53 pm


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