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Sandra Dyer, prosecuting, said an officer had spotted him driving at an excessive speed on the southbound carriageway. They used a laser gun to record his Toyota Corolla travelling at 122mph.
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Do the Corollas in the UK actually DO 122 mph?
Obviously we normally have a man with a red flag preceding each car on standard roads but on motorways, where the national spped limit is 70mph, speeds of well over 100mph are not as unusual as they should be.
We don't have governors as standard to limit the maximum speed Peter. Our cars have a component called the 'driver' which is supposed to moderate speed but sadly this component is prone to malfunction.
By the way, all that happened to the offending driver was a fine (a fairly substantial one), and a 6-month driving ban. I shudder to think what the outcome would have been if he had hit anything. I know the A12 well, and though it is a good road, it's no Motorway.
(In the USA, the Corolla is generally considered to be a good shopping car - as long as you are not too portly or too leggy).
Ah but the Corolla is also one of the best to "pimp up" or to try and modify into a street racer, cheap car to add half its value in parts to get you maybe 20mph more out of the engine. So it rocks and whines at high speeds....I could see someone here getting up to 100 or 110, though at 120 it must be tiring to keep in check.
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