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>driving a bit recklessly.
I spent a week in Germany a while ago visiting friends. Yes, land of the Autobahn. The more accident-prone sections of motorway there now usually have speed limits of 100 to 120 kph, but there are still long stretches of pristine six- or even eight-lane motorway, usually traversing rural areas, where you are legally allowed to go as fast as you can. My humble Ford Mondeo only does about 110 mph and even that only if you say please, but my friend there has a '99 BMW 540i with a 285hp V8. We took it for a spin along what must have been 50 miles of almost continuously unrestricted Autobahn, and I just gulped when I saw it climb up to 250 kph in no time at all. And then he let me have a go. My friend was still cool as a cucumber at over 200 kph, he was driving with just one hand at the wheel and cracking jokes, but when it was my turn, I started breaking a sweat and clenching the steering wheel when we got to 220 kph, and after five to ten minutes I slowed down again to a more comfortable speed. I asked him how he does that, to just stay cool and casual at that kind of speed. But he just said in his endearing German accent, "If you drive here long enough, you will learn".