We wrote about this awhile back, how the great nation of Texas was opening its highways a bit (while keeping its borders closed) by ticking up its speed limits on a prominent stretch of highway to 85 miles per hour. While Texas would never, ever in a million Texas nights admit to it, how can the free-flowing highways of Germany’s 7,965 miles of autobahn not have played a part in the state’s decision? Texas loves to be bigger than everyone, and the new 85 mph zone tops the autobahn’s 81 mph “suggested” limit.
Out on Texas’ State Highway 130, on a 41-mile stretch of hot pavement that starts on the east side of the great city of Austin and meanders southwest toward San Antonio, now you can hit 85. Crews began posting the signs that say Speed Limit 85 mph last week, so if you’re a German expat posing as a Texan, go on and get your fill. Without traffic, you can legally drive between the two major metropolises without missing the second half of an hour-long Dallas episode (compliments of TNT).
Ride ‘em, cowboy (according to Google translate, cowboy is cowboy in German).
And here’s the part of the post where America goes to Europe. Ford has been hemorrhaging money on the continent, including losing a whopping $404 million from Ireland to Slovenia in the second quarter this year alone. To try and turn things around on the streets of el Paris, la cuidad de Madrid, and de wereldstad of Amsterdam, Ford is unleashing….THE MIGHTY MUSTANG! (Hold on to your hats, fair babes of Europe.)
What can we expect when an all-American muscle car crosses shores to Europe, that land where people drive in impossibly small cars and smoke cigarettes like it’s still in style? Will Cristiano Ronaldo become the European Ty Cobb? Will David Gray and Dido mimic Europe’s Johnny Cash and June Carter? Will Hugh Grant transform into a modern, pansier John Wayne?
Ford is also releasing new passenger cars (boring), sport utility vehicles (I think Europeans hate them), and commercial vehicles as well.
Clearly, the only tantalizing cross-continent pollination possibilities are from the prowess of the Mustang. Rawr.