Oh boy, do I have a good one for you guys!
I was driving my 94 S4 today in Pasadena, after letting it sit out under a tree that shed tons of leaves. So....... I decide to go down into town, but all the leaves stuck in my wiper area are totally bugging me. "Hmm....." I think to myself, " Maybe if I accelerate real fast, just for a second, and get to a higher speed, the leaves will blow off"
Well, on Lake Avenue, going downhill, it literally was just a few seconds before I passed 70mph..... so I decide to go ahead and slow down, as the leaves are all stuck, and not coming off anyway. Then, on the next block, what do I see parked in a store driveway but a Pasadena PD Bike Officer, with, you guessed it, his radar gun pointing directly at me as I get nearer.... By this time, I've slowed down (relatively) to about 55 mph and by the time I pass him, I'm down to a reasonable 45 mph. (the speed limit there is 35 or 40 mph).
So, I'm thinking "It's a fair cop"(to all you non English types that means, "Yup, I deserve this ticket"). Sure enough, he obviously gets all excited, because in my rear view mirror, here he comes with his lights on after me.... I immediately pull over, and wait for the bad news........
He comes up to me and asks "Where's my license plates?" (I have personlaised plates coming from the DMV, which has now taken over 10 months to arrive, but that's another story) I tell him I'm waiting for them to arrive so I can put them on.
He then tells me that he pulled me over for speed, but for some reason, the radar speed read 43 mph from way down the next block. There was only one other car that I had passed at that time, with no other traffic on the road. He says "I saw you speeding, but for some reason got a fix on another car than yours, because I know you were going faster than 43 miles per hour."
Before my brain can put the brakes on my big mouth, I blurt out "Yeah, everybody thinks my Lotus is faster than I really drive because the car looks so fast"
The Cop looks at me, silent for about 5 seconds, while I'm mentally slapping myself. He then asks, "do you have some kind of stealth paint or something?"
I'm surprised by the question, but I say "No, I don't think so." He smiles, and says, "well, I can't take this to court, because I have to write down the speed indicated on my gun......... And, you're the first guy I ever heard to use that line on me. You're car looks like it's going 60 just sitting here, so just be careful, and keep it down in the future, ok?
I say "Yes sir, I always drive at what feels like a safe speed" (Uh, oh, why can't I keep my big mouth shut????)
He says, (Dude, this officer is so cool) "Yeah, it may be safe in our Lotus, but if everyone else sees you going fast, they all will want to want to do the same..... Just keep it down ok?"
He never even asks me for my registration, Drivers license, or anything... and with no plates, he has no clue who I am..... He then says, "Man, when did you get the car?" I say, "I got it about 6 years ago off another Lotus club member who crashed it coming down the mountains, and I fixed it all up, painted it, and my wike and a friend sewed and put a new interior in."
He waves, and says "enjoy the car, I've always wanted one of those too..."
WOW, I got out of a potentially huge ticket......
but the question arising form this long story is: Has anyone figured out jst how stealthy our cars are to radar if there is no front plate?
I'm also dying to hear all your stories as well!