Don scooted behind the steering wheel of his 1948 Volvo. He and his college roommate were going out for the afternoon to anywhere that they could feel the freedom to ride. Don was not only passionate about his studies to become a minister; he was equally passionate about driving fast. To his peers, he was very good at both.
“Get in, Lenny, let’s take ‘er for a spin.” Don had a quirky way of laughing which he did most of the time. He was hyper about everything he did and he did everything with great gusto.
Lenny got in the Volvo on the passenger side, excited about a new adventure with his friend. There were no seat belts in that old car. Requirements for seat belts had not been introduced for driving safety. Neither one of them thought too much about safety measures.
“Look!” Don had spotted a piece of roadway where he could negotiate very well and demonstrate some of his driving skills. “See those cones ahead?” He looked at Lenny and with that slurping giggle he did, he narrowed his eyes, squinting at the cones ahead and pushed his foot on the pedal… to the floor. Both guys laughed hysterically as they swerved in and out of the cones on the road. Neither one of them knew why the cones were in the road. There had been no one working on construction. For whatever reason, those cones were there for their enjoyment. Don turned the car around and they drove, in and out, through the cones again.
After several times of maneuvering through the stretch of cones, Don looked at Lenny.
“Do you wanna try it?” Don asked Lenny. Lenny, not having his own vehicle at the college, couldn’t begin to imagine passing up this opportunity.
“Sure!” Lenny yelled. “How do you do this? I really don’t think I can drive like you.”
Don opened his door and ran around the car to exchange places with Lenny. “You’ll do just fine! It’s easy!”
Don laughed hard. His eyes squinted again. Lenny jumped into the driver’s seat and when the doors were closed, he pushed his foot down on the accelerator. They were off! Lenny was used to power steering. This car had rack and pinion steering.
Lenny went around the first cone. He turned the wheel hard as they were approaching the second cone. He couldn’t gain control of the car. It was completely out of control and the car started to roll. Both young men were heaving over and over in the car as it finally rolled to a stop in the ditch. He had over steered each turn.
Both boys checked their bodies. No one was hurt. They burst into laughter. The car was demolished.
“Wow!” Don exclaimed as he pulled himself out of the wreckage. “That’s the most fun I’ve had in a long time!”
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