Austrian ‘Vette Owner Gloats Over Speeding Ticket
Despite being an immediate neighbor to Germany, Austria’s highways do not have speed-unlimited sections. The maximum permitted anywhere in the European country is 130 km/h (81 mph). So, the potential of a speeding ticket was very real for an Austrian Corvette driver this past weekend when he decided to test the car on Austria’s A2, south of Vienna.
Following a four km chase, police stopped the man and confiscated his car keys and driving license, having clocked him at 239 km/h (149 mph). The owner was also fined on the spot and Austrian prosecutors are considering whether or not to press additional charges.
That may have something to do with the man’s admission that he had been traveling at 270 km/h (168 mph) earlier that day and was happy to have been caught “only” doing 239 km/h.
While Corvettes are fast, Wikipedia.com reports that the fastest speeding ticket ever issued happened in Texas in 2003. A Swedish-built Koenigsegg CC8S, participating in the San Francisco to Miami Gumball 3000 Rally, was apparently clocked doing 242 mph in a 75 mph zone.
However, the web site says that the most expensive speeding ticket ever was issued in Finland, where fines are relative to the speeder’s income. Jussi Salonoja was tapped for 170,000 Euros ($249,000) after being caught doing 80 km/h (50 mph) in a 40 km/h (25 mph) zone near Helsinki, Finland.