One of my best memories was in my classic 1955 Ford F-100 pickup that I just loved to drive. It was a Saturday morning in a small town in Washington and my wife and I had to do laundry that morning and didn't have a washer and dryer. We jumped into the F-100 and off we go to the local laundry mat. One more thing, this pickup had a little bit bigger engine in it than the stock one, a built 351 Cleveland that had a lot of power.
After spending time doing the laundry, it was time to head out. I was just itching to make this thing scream, so I pull out onto the highway and put the hammer down. The engine roared and smoke poured off the back of the truck. Wow this is fun! But as I was rolling along doing 25 mph and smoke still coming off the back, I looked to my left and parked by the post office was three Washington State Patrol officers in their cars, smiling at me as smoke rolled off my truck and covered them and the parking lot. Wow, was I in trouble. I let off the pedal and to my surprise the engine did not slow down, in fact it got louder, the engine raced higher. Now I’m looking at them and I still have smoke pouring off my truck, and all I can do is turn the off the key and pull over. As the troopers approached, I saw that they were laughing and laughed even more when I told them that the pedal had stuck or something was wrong. One of the troopers asked “So you didn't mean to that?” and I said “Yes, I did, but just not that long.” Well, the truck was running out of gas, which can cause an engine to run leaner and rev higher, I explained my situation. The troopers agreed and were nice to only give me a citation for Failure to use Due Care and Caution and Driving 25 mph in a 25 mph zone. It only cost me $25 to learn my lesson “look before you leap.”