Back on January 2nd, 1974, Richard Nixon signed the Emergency Highway Energy Conservation Act – a law that set the national speed limit to 55 mph. In response to that act, Sammy Hagar released a song called “I Can’t Drive 55” that stuck with him even with his tours as a member of Van Halen. In the video, Hagar is driving a black Ferrari BB512i around a track and decides to take it on the road. He drives recklessly, attempting to pass other vehicles, eventually running a police officer off the road and later being arrested.

As the video continues, Hagar and his crew eventually get dragged away to jail. It only last for a short time, as he quickly breaks down the door, and we see him driving that 512 off into the sunset – only after speeding away from two cops who were chasing him down a long desert road.

It is nice to look back into the past. It reminds me of a time when cars in music videos were more than just Bentleys with big wheels, and more interior-mounted screens than you can count on one hand. Plus you’ve got hand it to him for choosing such a prime example of a vehicle. According to Hagar, he burned out the clutch of that 512 when the video was being shot – a repair that cost him $5,800. Take a look into the past and enjoy the video!

Ferrari 512 BBi

1981 - 1984 Ferrari 512 BBi
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Robert Moore
Editor-in-Chief and Automotive Expert - robert@topsped.com
Robert has been an auto enthusiast his entire life. He started working cars at a young age, learning the basics from his father in the home garage on the weekends. As time went on, Robert became more and more interested in cars and convinced his father to teach him how to drive when he was just 13 years old. Robert continued working on cars in his free time and learned as much as he could about engines, transmissions, and car electrical systems, something that only fed his curiosity more and eventually led him to earn a bachelors degree in automotive technology with a primary focus on engine performance and transmission rebuilding.  Read More
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