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10:36am on Thursday, 30th May, 2013:

High Speed


On the way to work this morning, I stopped at a level crossing and switched the car engine off while I waited for the train. Once the train had gone, I turned the ignition key but it cut out half-way through starting the engine, so I turned it again and set off. I hadn't gone more than a few yards before I noticed that the speedometer was saying I was doing 70mph, even though I was in second gear and couldn't have been doing more than 20. Likewise, the RPM was over 4,000 but couldn't have been anywhere near that in reality.

The disparity between actual speed and recorded speed was worrying because there were a number of speed cameras on the rest of the journey. I don't think I was caught by any of them, but it's hard to tell when you don't know what speed you're going. Over time, the difference dropped such that when I finally arrived and got parked the speedometer was reading about 38 and just about visibly sinking.

Well, it made for an exciting journey if nothing else. I'm sure the garage will be only too pleased to charge me £300 to fix it if it's still broken when I go home.

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