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Just got back last night from Illinois (Belleville/O'Fallon area) and made some observations while riding shotgun in dad's Crown Vic.

1. They really like Mustangs in the area I was in (just East of St.Louis). Saw a TON of them, everything from V6 to Cobra's, but no Bullitt's.

2. Why do people fix up a car to make it look all fast and bad and leave it with the stock V6? Passed a V6 stang (96-98) with a big aluminum(?)wing, shiny rims and new tires, lowered, and that silly limp looking tail pipe coming out from under the back bumper. Wonder if he knows he can get a charger for it? If it's going to look fast, then it should go fast.

3. Saw my first canadian goose killed on the side of the road, hit by car. I have NEVER seen that before. We have a ton of them around here and I've never seen them anywhere near a road except for flying over taking target practice. Anyone else ever seen that or is it just me?

4. Fair wairning guys, we passed at least 15-20 haulers with PT Cruisers on them heading East on 70 Friday. Those things are everywhere I look now, I can't imagine more of them running around!!!! And they were all black, silver, or white. GEESH!!!!!

5. Anyone ever traveled I64 from St.Louis to Louisville? VERY smooth road for an interstate (especially compared to 70!!!!). What's even better is that the entire stretch I saw only 1 state trooper!!!! And that was in Illinois!!!! Would have been nice to have the Bullitt for that trip! Guess which way I'm going back to my cousins next time when I take the Bullitt. :wink:

6. Indiana had the greatest number of troopers(15 or so), all but one was in an unmarked Crown Vic with the windows tinted. Only saw one with any markings on the side and it was a flat top. Just something to keep in mind if you drive through Indiana. BTW - that was on 70. NONE on 64.

7. Anyone ever have to take their parents car keys from them???? Way dad was going I was really wanting to. He thinks he's the best driver, but I beg to differ. Don't believe me, ask my sister and brother-in-law, they were following us on the way over there.

I think that's about it. It went kinda fast, but it was good seeing some of my family have seen in over 10 yrs. Did miss checking in on here everyday. Was doing a LOT of reading last night/this morning.
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hey CAM, next time let me know if you're going to be here for any length of time. there are 3 of us in the Show Me Mustang Club with Bullitt's and i've met 1 other guy here in St. Louis with one.
1.) yeah, there are a surprising amount of Mustangs in this area ( i still think TEXAS has more than anywhere else i've ever lived or visited)
2.) a lot of guys/kids seem to OVERLY trick out their Mustangs in this area and it's not always pretty! a lot of kids tend to "rice" their Mustangs
3.) we have a HUGE problem with Canadian Geese in the St. Louis area. they make full time homes in this area and litterally "take over" business and residential areas with any kind of water. 3 weeks ago the state finally approved a measure that would allow killing of nuisance geese. i know this sounds extreme but wait until you live in a nice subdivision that gets taken over by geese and you ahve tons of goose s**t to deal with along with attacks on children and adults. the area i used to work in you could't go outside anywhere without goose s**t
4.) enough with the PT Cruiser's ( at least untile they get substantially more power)
5.) yes, we have family in tennessee and I-64 is a good stretch of road
6.) you have to be careful in Missouri and Illinois here. Missouri Troopers all use "Instant On" and even Valentines can let you down, and the Illinois side of river here in St. Louis is notorious for all of the "gentleman's clubs" (that are outlawed/banned on the Missouri side) and therefore are patrolled VERY heavily with both troopers and local law enforcement. a lot of guys go across the river to get drunk and get a lap dance or 2!!
7.) yes, it's very hard to realize your dad isn't driving nearly as well. i try to talk to him but he doesn't want to hear it! he's 77 now and the most uncomfortable part of his driving is how his starts (from red light or stop)have become erratic and he isn't as alert of the road ahead of him. he waits way too long to brake now and consequently his stops are very hard and too sudden now. i just know he will rear end someone soon.
how do you make your dad a better driver when he's the one who taught me??? it's tough!!

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I64 is a great road except in West VA. I drive it everytime I go home on leave to Springfield Mo. from VA. Bch. Va.
 

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Yeah Marty I remember about 10 yrs ago whien I was driving to Kansas going through Missouri and the state troopers all had unmarked flat tops in all different colors. The one thing that gave them away was that all the ones I saw were the big Caprice's(Impala SS body style)!! They stood out for miles, especially since they were usually sitting in the median.
As for the geese, we have a ton here that stay year round now but I've never seen one on the side of the road, let alone hit by a car. It was weird. Almost thought about getting out to see if was shot, but with that heat, I didn't want to see what that thing smelled like!!!!!
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no missouri DOESN"T go out of they way to disguise their unmarked vehicles. but that Instant On is TOUGH man!!!!!!
when i lived in Dallas and would drive home for a week (twice a year) the Okie troopers had some unmarked 5.0's that could give you a heart attack!! -LOL
oklahoma has a LOT of 4 lanes ( not Interstates)that are marked 75 MPH and i remember doing about 85 to 87 in my old 97 GT and coming up on the rear of a 5.0 pretty quick. all of a sudden he hits his brakes, swings onto the shoulder, and then comes back out right behind me. YEP, it was an Okie trooper! he never stopped me but stayed on my tail for about 10 to 12 nerve wracking miles--LOLi
it was a learning experience!!

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