Valentine One Radar Detector Moment of the Month
August 2008: Amongst the Detectors, One Out-Detector
This is about V1 Moments of long ago, back in the mid-nineties. The scene is One Lap
of America, Brock Yates’s spiritual revival of his original—and outrageous—coast-to-coast
Radar detectors were a must. V1 was the newest thing then; of course we wanted one,
but there was a waiting list in those days. We had to settle for what we could get…Passport.
We figured, how bad could it be? And it was cheaper, too.
During a stretch through New Mexico we were in a caravan of six Runners; the pace was
serious. Each car had a detector, but only one was able to get a V1, the factory Acura
entrant. The rest of us were wait-listed. Alerts were passed back and forth by CB radio.
Being the slowest of the pack, Team Acura brought up the tail. However, in the open
desert of the southwest, the V1 on the back door consistently out detected all other
brands by at least a mile, often more. The real kicker was when it warned us of a signal
approaching from behind, indicated by the locator arrow. A few miles later, the "360
degree protection" of our Passport came to life when the trooper was in our mirrors.
The rest of the trip became a game of which detector would come in second to the V1.
When the fun was done, we knew what to do: Passport went back on a 30-day return and
we hung in for our V1 order to hit the top of the list. Driving has been safer all of
these many years since.
Oak Brook, IL