Even Cops Are Race Fans

Last Wednesday, our own esteemed Mr. Emslie asked we Hoons what was our favorite cop car. I couldn’t think of one until I got a call on Thursday morning from my brother asking why I hadn’t posted this FHP Pursuit In Training Crown Vic I spotted at his shop awhile back. I immediately posted that image and he called to give me even more shit as it was the 92nd comment on that post.
Well, today this olelongrooffan was out and about at some Bike Week events and decided to drop by thejeepjunkie’s shop to chat it up.
As I arrived, I realized his shop hadn’t been this busy in quite some time.

I probably have mentioned his shop services all of the Florida Highway Patrol vehicles, as well as the City of Daytona Beach cop cars along with a couple other municipalities in the area. As usual, I got involved in a conversation with Trooper Bob, the driver of this highly desirable “slick top” Crown Vic Interceptor. He is working nights this month and lamented about the traffic for Bike Week. I asked him how it was for the Daytona 500 a couple weeks ago?
His eyes started glowing and he told me to follow him out to his Crown Vic. Well my fellow Hoons, when a cop tells me to do something, even casually, I always do it.
So we get out to that black and tan machine, Trooper Bob opens the door and says, “Check it out.”

And I did. Apparently during SpeedWeeks, Jack Roush was out at our local Ford dealer and a buddy of Trooper Bob’s took Bob’s late model Mustang out to get it autographed. As it turns out, Trooper Bob was working I-95 in the vicinity of the autograph signing and stopped in got Jack’s autograph on his daily driver office ride.
I complimented him on it and asked if I could blog it. “Hell yes,” was his reply as he stuck his chest out and boasted, “I’ve got the only Jack Roush autographed Interceptor around!”
And Trooper Bob could have been the cop in this commercial. Same build, hair and sense of humor!

Yeah it’s fun living round these here parts!

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  1. muthalovin Avatar

    That is pretty rad of Roush. Granted, its just an autograph, but that is still pretty cool.

  2. OA5599 Avatar

    Well, that's certainly better than a Roush-autographed ambulance.
    <img src="http://www.teamspeed.com/forums/attachments/aviation/51855d1280328321-crash-jack-roush-crashes-his-premier-i-1749801.jpg&quot; width=500>
    A friend just got a full-Roush-boogie Mustang. He was supposed to pick me up for lunch in it Wednesday, but we had to reschedule.

    1. longrooffan Avatar

      Excellent. Cold but excellent.

  3. CptSevere Avatar

    When the cops retire that car and it comes up for auction, it should be interesting to see the bidding. Of course, whoever buys it will have to buy a bunch of go fast goodies from Roush, that's obvious.

    1. longrooffan Avatar

      Actually, Trooper Bob mentioned he was going to try and find an air bag cover off a wrecked Interceptor and replace this one with it. Although actually, the new vehicle that replaces it will most likely be a Chevy or Dodge rather than a Panther.

  4. Black Steelies Avatar

    Very cool. I love that training car. The bull bar surround treatment would make anything more badass.

    1. smokyburnout Avatar

      What are they training for? A role in the Mad Max remake?

      1. longrooffan Avatar

        Actually they have a fleet of about ten of these they use to practice pursuit in training techniques to spin out cars without damaging standard cop cars..hence the application of 2" bars around their entire body components. I am still pursuing the actual location of these test locations to share with my fellow Hoons….

      2. Black Steelies Avatar

        A fuel-injected suicide machine for sure