• Nov 20, 2010
There are plenty of important rules when it comes to attending a track day, but one of the most easily overlooked and simultaneously important is, "Thou shalt not speed to or from the facility." Aside from all of that moralistic stuff about putting the public in danger, exceeding the posted limit also does a number on the reputation of whatever track you're headed to. After all, it's a rare community that actually the embraces the sound of engines revving and tires squealing at 7:00 a.m. on the weekend; most tracks don't need any "help" in the bad PR department.

Apparently the members of ExoticsRally.com missed the memo. A slew of drivers from that site recently participated in a charity event where they could pay $100 for a lead-follow lap at the famous (and exclusive) Monticello Motor Club. An extra Benji would allow for a quicker lap, and those who'd been on track before could buy additional track time.

Unfortunately, around 100 of the participants were busted doing well over 100 mph on their way to the track. Local law enforcement was not amused, handing out tickets by the fistful for everything from speeding to improper equipment in a bid to get drivers piloting everything from Dodge Vipers and Chevrolet Corvettes to Nissan GT-Rs to cool their heels.

Do us all a favor. If you like your local track, keep it legal on the surrounding streets, or the place might not be open for business next year. Thanks for the tip, Monroe!

[Source: The Times-Herald Record]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Dear I think Well, "Cowboy Bob" ,would you like to have a bunch of A-holes in their penis extensions tearing up your street with kids playing near by? These morons deserved everything they got and I hope they got some jail time. Debt Management Debt
      • 4 Years Ago
      I should comment on this. A good friend of mine was in that crew, as were a few other acquaintances. The reports are pretty exaggerated. The caravan was averaging a speed of about 80-85 on a highway where the limit is 65. Nothing too absurd, especially if you know the area. Heck, if you're on the Garden State driving down to Atlantic City, at 80 you're getting passed like you're standing still.

      Anyways, a few guys were screwing around, touching 100 and coming back down. They weren't barreling down the highway consistently driving like madmen or anything. Unfortunately for them, they decided to make some noise at the wrong time, and somebody decided to phone the police and reported "illegal race cars" (oh, brother) on the highway.

      Most of the people there are too concerned about their cars to do anything overly dangerous. And btw, I'm not defending or attacking anyone. I have no stance. Merely painting a picture.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Cops sucks... If it were up to them we all would be driving Aveo's

        • 4 Years Ago
        Speeding douchbags in rented exotics giving enthusiasts a bad name suck and should be forced to drive Chevy Aveos..
        • 4 Years Ago
        An Aveo is capable of exceeding 100 MPH.
        • 4 Years Ago
        don't hate the player, hate the game.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Snowtarded:
        "and the roads would be a lot safer for it."

        If it was up to Hitler the roads would be even safer. I heard it's really safe to drive in North Korea right now.

        and Mike, a lot of cops do suck but I wouldn't know what percentage of them does...
        It's so pathetic that some of them think going over 160 mph on a straight highway with little traffic is "criminal" or "evil".
        • 4 Years Ago
        The cops suck because they pulled over a bunch of cars doing 100 mph on public roads? Yeah, that's logical. If it was up to you, idiots would drive around with no speed limits. Most drivers can't control their cars at 55 mph - I'd hate to see them hauling around at 100 mph with deer and other drivers all over the place...

        They were going to a track so they could speed safely - there's no reason to speed to/from the track. I've been to Monticello a few times, and the community around there is small. The track website (IIRC) also says something about "Don't speed on Route 17 on your way here".
        • 4 Years Ago
        Err... no.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Dear Justin, cops don't "think" that it's "evil" or "criminal" to drive at 150mph on public roads.

        It IS criminal - cops are just enforcing the laws. If you are breaking the law, be prepared to deal with the consequences. And if you are stupid enough to do so with 100 other people in modded cars with loud engines... you deserve it doubly so.
        • 4 Years Ago
        and the roads would be a lot safer for it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Cops love this kind of thing. They will go back to the barracks and laugh their asses off. They were probably looking forward to this for weeks. "WOOHOO, Look at what a badass cop I am. YEA BABY you shoulda' seen the looks on their dumbass faces". And....then they wonder why people hate them. Go figgure...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Konrad, people hate cops because they get ticketed for driving 10 or 15 over and then see cops, in police cruisers, driving 15-20 over and not using turn signals. Police should be leading by example, at least while driving cruisers. Unfortunately, they don't.
        • 4 Years Ago
        gtv4rudy- Did you even read what I said? Apparently your "penis extention retoric" got in the way of reading my entire comment. I'd have that fixed if I were you........
        • 4 Years Ago
        People hate cops because they feel they should be able to speed, run red lights, run stop signs, cut people off, tailgate, and other things without being held responsible for driving in a dangerous fashion.
        • 4 Years Ago
        ... in the main story it says over 100 cars busted for doing well over 100 mph?
        I've gone to races for many years and going to and from the race tracks you always have those Schumi wannabes blasting by slower traffic and endangering others.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, "Cowboy Bob" ,would you like to have a bunch of A-holes in their penis extensions tearing up your street with kids playing near by? These morons deserved everything they got and I hope they got some jail time. Total Idiots.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Conrad- you can't be serious. I don't want a bunch of a-holes running red lights, stop signs etc. ect. either. I have seen most cops just love to screw with people. That's about it. They get off on screwing some poor s*** who forgot to get his inspection last month, or give you the "Have a nice day" right after they give you a ticket for 62mph in a 55 zone. (Usually in the middle of nowhere)....so, yea doing 100 mph is not a very good thing, but ..FROM experience, I will tell you that the tickets they wrote will not be a majority of the 100 mph type. They tell you about the dude doing a buck, but not about the other 40 for just over the limit. THAT'S where I'm comming from.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Superx 1919, Sorry man we pull you all over.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I call that progressive taxation. hehe.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've seen enough of the Lambo/Andretti "let's all drive our orange cars to Laguna Seca" crowd here in Santa Barbara to applaud the police who bagged the entire bunch! I don't know if it's the cars that makes the owners stupid or it the cars themselves are stupid. These gold chain weenies should buy Ariel Atoms and see how fast they really are. Bruce
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well this is an age old debate that I'm sure has been around since the first speeding ticket was ever written. Is 65 too slow? Maybe. But is everyone going 80 a good idea? Definitely not. I can't tell you how many times in a single week I am almost crushed by someone in an SUV or truck who decides to change lanes without looking (usually on the phone too), or how often I need to slam the brakes because someone decides that they can weave across four lanes at once, or how on a daily basis I get stuck behind someone going 35 in the left lane on the highway, or my personal favorite : how driving a nice car almost always nets you some idiot at the stoplight who wants to race. Most people drive like idiots at 40mph, doubling the speed limit will only lead to worse accidents. Like it or not, cops serve a purpose. Are they unfair sometimes? Do they make mistakes? Sure, I myself have been a victim of an "unfair" 2 miles over the limit ticket. But we can't let the few bad cops out there make us think they are all out to get us.
      This incident is purely to blame on the stupidity of the drivers in question. 100mph on a public road is asking to be pulled over, and illegal equipment is no better. I firmly believe that if you choose to break the rules than you knowingly accept the consequences. Sure I like the occasional spirited drive, but I pick a time and a place when I know I will only be endangering myself; and if I get pulled over, then it is the product of my own stupidity, no pity, no blaming someone else (cops).
      A general good rule of thumb is to stick with the flow of traffic. If everyone is going 75, than go 75. But do 90 and you stick out. Start weaving, braking, and cutting people off, and you stick out. Be smart about the way you drive and where/when you choose to be a little stupid.
      Really, instead of complaining about cops, maybe its time we start getting our fellow road-goers up to speed and require some more stringent training and certification before just handing anyone a drivers license.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Like it or not, cops serve a purpose"

        Revenue generation.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Personally I don't really agree with the speed limit on the freeway either, just because 65 is too low and so everyone goes over 65. Then, it's basically up to the cop to pull you over if you're going over 65 and it just puts too much power in their hands. Sure you could go 65, but not only is that ridiculously slow, but also you'd need a shield to protect yourself from the barrage of hatred that would soon come your way.

      But, I don't really think going 100+ is a good idea because driving faster (or slower) than the other cars on the roads causes a huge potential for an accident..
      • 4 Years Ago
      They should have reserved the speeding for the track.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Facing huge cutbacks in budgets, police have been handing out a lot of tickets, and it will only get worse in the coming months.

      So I hope you guys drive slowly and carefully, and make sure to make complete stops. They're handing out tickets for very minor infractions now.

      It's not right that police are allowed to make up for their budget shortfall this way. I wish all traffic fines went to a bigger state level or federal level pool that gets re-distributed, so there is less incentive for police to issue traffic tickets to fill budget gaps. Some towns are handing out 5 times more tickets compared to same time last year.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Add to that the fact that it's holiday season, and the cops need the bonus for each ticket they issue. In Alabama, that includes College Footaball season and Talladega 500 (September through January1).

        Drive carefully.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Stupid is as stupid does.
      I've visited friends at track days and even auto cross events, and I drive the posted speed limit if not slower just incase. The police generally know when these events are happening and are looking for a excuse to give someone a ticket.
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