Message Font: Serif | Sans-Serif
No. of Recommendations: 1
I'd encourage you to give it a try for yourself. Find an open bit of road, floor the throttle, and see what the brake does, both on the first press and again after a couple of pumps.

Like I said, I've experienced it. For real. Let's see... it would have been in 1985. Driving a 1969 Thunderbird with a 429ci V8 and a 3-speed automatic. Hydraulic, vacuum assisted brakes. Drums in the rear.

I floored it on an on-ramp to the highway, because the on-ramp was short and uphill, and mostly because I was a 16 year old male. The throttle return spring at the carb broke, which I didn't know until a few seconds later when I reached 70-ish mph and lifted off the throttle pedal and kept accelerating.

My best brake application brought it pretty quickly down to 60-ish mph (no, not as quickly as they would have without the engine runaway) by which time my momentarily confused brain made sense of the situation and I killed the ignition.

The first application of brakes did have a reasonably useful effect, and as such it never occurred to me to relax the pressure on them. I also applied them and held them instinctively, before my brain had a couple of seconds to work out what was going on, without thinking about their method of operation.

At least that's the way I remember it all these years later. It definitely was a memory making thirty seconds of life.

Print the post  


Disclaimer - Please Read
A message about professional advice.
When Life Gives You Lemons
We all have had hardships and made poor decisions. The important thing is how we respond and grow. Read the story of a Fool who started from nothing, and looks to gain everything.
Contact Us
Contact Customer Service and other Fool departments here.
Work for Fools?
Winner of the Washingtonian great places to work, and Glassdoor #1 Company to Work For 2015! Have access to all of TMF's online and email products for FREE, and be paid for your contributions to TMF! Click the link and start your Fool career.