April 06, 2021

A High-speed Police Chase in the UK

Not something you see every day... Watch street racer's arrest after leading police on 100mph chase | Express & Star. Well, it's something I don't see everyday.

The Other McCain got me interested in watching police chases, and at least late at night (or early morning) when I am struggling with insomnia, they hold a certain fascination. What calculation is it that makes people think they can outrun the radio, or the helicopter? And on both sides of the pond, law-abiding drivers are completely oblivious to what is going on behind them, and appear to be incapable of getting out of the way of the pursuit.

A street racer clocked more than 100mph and drove on the wrong side of the road as he tried to flee police in the Black Country.

Black Country, in the UK is an industrial region closely corresponding to the small south Staffordshire coalfield in the Midlands region of England; its name derives from its pollution-coated industrial landscape. Everything was powered by coal, after all.

He was ordered to do 100 hours of community service, and banned from driving for 2 years. Not sure how that will work out, since he clearly has no trouble breaking the motorway laws of the United Kingdom.

The car was a Vauxhall Corsa, manufactured by Opel, and sold in the UK under the Vauxhall brand. By US standards, it is a fairly unimpressive car for racing. It is available only with an inline 4 gas engine, or an inline 4 turbodiesel.

This is the video for 100mph Black Country police chase, which took place in West Midlands, UK. It started as part of a street race.

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  1. The car was a Vauxhall Corsa, manufactured by Opel, and sold in the UK under the Vauxhall brand. By US standards, it is a fairly unimpressive car for racing. It is available only with an inline 4 gas engine, or an inline 4 turbodiesel.

    Flashback time. When I was a kid, and I mean among the first things I remember, my parents bought a Vauxhall and "fairly unimpressive" is a wild understatement. I remember them talking about it as the worst car ever. I remember dad working on it all the time, patching the exhaust pipe with cut apart orange juice cans (remember when they were metal?). Family legend was we took a vacation drive up to Tampa to see the Sunshine Skyway bridge - had to be around 1959 or '60 - and the alternator fell out of it.

    I'd be surprised if a Vauxhall could make 100 unless it was downhill with a tailwind.

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