The funny things you see when riding…
As I hurtled down the Federal Highway/Remembrance Drive, spinning in top gear at up to 63km/h in the 100km/h zone, I noticed a Police car flashing reds and blues just beyond the Antill Street roundabout. There’s a very prominent 80km/h speed camera just before the roundabout and a lot of warning signs and thick bump lines that get your attention… if everything else has escaped your attention and you aren’t even going to bother slowing for the roundabout.
But the Police car had stopped less than 50 metres from the roundabout. If the car had sped through the camera zone there was hardly enough distance to stop.
I couldn’t help myself but ride past on the road instead of the bike path. I’m going to guess that the car pulled over was a Ferrari 430 Spider in Rosso. I zoomed past too quickly to hear and in any case they were parked in the bike lane so I couldn’t dawdle out in traffic.
In the past month I’ve noticed this Ferrari 430 Spider in Rosso and another one in Grigio Titanio Metallizzato or Grigio Alloy driving in high gears for all the world to hear. There’s no surprise that they enjoy knocking it back a gear or two; the sound is very unusual and raw. Ferraris are not common in Canberra, but you know them when you hear them and I’ve heard them often along Horse Park Drive.
I continued on to Dickson via Watson Shops, past the construction site that once was Satis Cafe and a good place for a cycling coffee. Had coffee at Good Brother, as is my habit of late. Even though they close at 1400, they were happy to serve take away coffee and allow patrons to sit on their outside tables as they cleaned up inside. Lovely.
About an hour later I was riding back up the Federal Highway near Old Wells Station Road when I saw a Ferrari 430 Spider in Rosso being taken away on the back of a table-top truck. I started to wonder just what had happened (and what was about to happen):
- He had been speeding and Plod had finally caught up as he waited patiently on the other side of the roundabout, or;
- He had broken down and had just pulled over when a nice Policeman stopped to offer assistance, or;
- The car was given a defect notice for being too loud.
But there’s no “Ferrari Impounded after Speed and Noise Orgy. “Summernats is in January” says arresting officer” story in The Canberra Times, so maybe it wasn’t a big thing after all. And any Schadenfreude is short-lived when you’re going back up Federal Highway and faced with the reality of a long uphill ride.