Malaysian motorist booked at 773kmh


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April 26, 2001
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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- A Malaysian man has been booked by police for driving his Toyota Corolla at more than half the speed of sound.

Resort caretaker New Ching Shit told the Star newspaper he had received a summons to appear in court this month after police recorded him driving along a stretch of highway close to his home at 773kmh (480 miles per hour).

He told the paper he was amazed that police believed his family car was capable of such speeds.

Nonetheless he said police were determined to press charges.

'Blatant mistake'

"It is ridiculous to say that I drove at such a breakneck speed," he said.

He added that the speed limit on the road in question, close to the city of Port Dickson, was only 60kmh.

At a press conference in Port Dickson Wednesday he told reporters that he was stumped after receiving the court summons because the speedometer on his car only goes as up to 160 kmh.

"How can the traffic police here make such a blatant mistake?" the Star quoted him as saying.

"I am even more amazed when a police officer insisted there was no mistake," the alleged 59-year old speedking said, adding that his friends had now nicknamed him the Malaysian Michael Schumacher.

He said that he was seeking legal assistance to defend himself against the charges.

Extracted from http://www.cnn.com/2001/WORLD/asiapcf/southeast/04/26/malaysia.driver/
 

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hahaha he must have pumped nitrous oxide instead of petrol... either that or he mounted a rocket pack to his Proton... :bsmilie: :bsmilie: :bsmilie:
 

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Originally posted by Larry
hahaha he must have pumped nitrous oxide instead of petrol... either that or he mounted a rocket pack to his Proton... :bsmilie: :bsmilie: :bsmilie:
Correction, it's a Toyota Corolla, not Proton. Hahaha
 

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Originally posted by Revo
How can the authorities insist on such a mistake?

Its like shooting themselves in their ****!!!

LOLZ!
What can I say? Sometimes ignorance is bliss.
 

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Originally posted by revenant
Document not found.
Guess the link does not work because of frames on the page.

Just go to www.darwinawards.com, then navigate to the 1995 awards.

The rest of the stories on this site are just as funny. Good past time, if you have not seen this before.
 

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Here's the text for that story:

Jet Assisted Take-Off
1995 Darwin Awards Winner
Confirmed Bogus by Darwin

The Arizona Highway Patrol were mystified when they came upon a pile of smoldering wreckage embedded in the side of a cliff rising above the road at the apex of a curve. The metal debris resembled the site of an airplane crash, but it turned out to be the vaporized remains of an automobile. The make of the vehicle was unidentifiable at the scene.

The folks in the lab finally figured out what it was, and pieced together the events that led up to its demise.

It seems that a former Air Force sergeant had somehow got hold of a JATO (Jet Assisted Take-Off) unit. JATO units are solid fuel rockets used to give heavy military transport airplanes an extra push for take-off from short airfields.

Dried desert lakebeds are the location of choice for breaking the world ground vehicle speed record. The sergeant took the JATO unit into the Arizona desert and found a long, straight stretch of road. He attached the JATO unit to his car, jumped in, accelerated to a high speed, and fired off the rocket.

The facts, as best as could be determined, are as follows:

The operator was driving a 1967 Chevy Impala. He ignited the JATO unit approximately 3.9 miles from the crash site. This was established by the location of a prominently scorched and melted strip of asphalt. The vehicle quickly reached a speed of between 250 and 300 mph and continued at that speed, under full power, for an additional 20-25 seconds. The soon-to-be pilot experienced G-forces usually reserved for dog-fighting F-14 jocks under full afterburners.

The Chevy remained on the straight highway for approximately 2.6 miles (15-20 seconds) before the driver applied the brakes, completely melting them, blowing the tires, and leaving thick rubber marks on the road surface. The vehicle then became airborne for an additional 1.3 miles, impacted the cliff face at a height of 125 feet, and left a blackened crater 3 feet deep in the rock.

Most of the driver's remains were not recovered; however, small fragments of bone, teeth, and hair were extracted from the crater, and fingernail and bone shards were removed from a piece of debris believed to be a portion of the steering wheel.

Ironically a still-legible bumper sticker was found, reading
"How do you like my driving? Dial 1-800-EAT-SHIT."
 

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a Toyota Corolla body survived 773kmh? darn! that body frame is a real piece of precise engineering work! :devil:

even faster than a Formula F1 racing car! :p
 

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Originally posted by PentiumPC
Actually he farted while they are taking the reading...
you're been watching too many movies, PPC... Thunderpants rite? :bsmilie:

imagine the speed you can achieve with enough baked beans and a long-stemmed lighter... :devil:
 

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Shhh! That's no Corolla, that's the Malaysian Airforce's latest secret fighter jet... adaptive camouflage (that's why it LOOKS like a car), take off from civilian roads, attaining speeds of Mach 0.6 without burning off the tyres and without assistance of a jet engine...
 

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