There’s a small town about an hour north of Los Angeles that has a “singing road”. Engineers in Lancaster, California ground small grooves in the road so as a vehicle travels over, the vibrations turn into about fifteen seconds of the William Tell Overture depending on your speed.
Originally another road in Lancaster was the original one used in the Honda Civic commercial. However, once the few folks that lived nearby complained, it was paved over. The city did see the tourist value in it and moved it to a less populated stretch next to Fox airfield on Avenue G.
There’s one little tiny sign and it took me twenty minutes to find the right stretch of road. It’s in the left lane, so I even drove past it once without knowing it. Pulled over, called a friend that had been on it before, and proceeded in the correct lane.
OF COURSE, I had to take a video.
On the first run I listed this as "Version 55" because the cruise was set at 55 mph.What can’t be heard on the video is me shaking from attempting to stifle my laughing because I thought it was so cool. Safety disclaimer here – the cell phone was mounted on the dashboard and prepped to record before I started rolling, so all I had to do is hit the button.
Then it occurred to me that there could be a chance the sound may vary at different speeds. U-TURN! After deciding that 75 MPH was my next target run, it took me five tries to get a continuous speed for the entire quarter mile due to other drivers on the road. Finally, I was able to nail the speed and gather one more data point.
Personally, I like “Version 75” better.
Since I was out on business, my family wasn’t with me, but we got around that the next day. My rental car had one of those fancy Bluetooth connections so I called Mrs. Awesome who put me on speaker so the kiddos could hear too. Listening to them hoot and laugh while I drove was a fantastic feeling.
“DO IT AGAIN, DAD! DO IT AGAIN!” That’s music to my ears.