Ex-con Harry Burke and his brother Tommy (a skilled mechanic and sometime stock car racer) stage a series of armed robberies, using a hand-built supercharged roadster to escape pursuing Highway Patrol officers. When one of their getaways results in the hit-and-run death of an innocent woman, Dan Mathews and Officers Dorsey and Larrabee redouble their efforts. They obtain assistance from Bert Case, the head of the local hot rod club, to determine who may have a car fitting the description of the Burkes' roadster. They also prepare to quickly establish roadblocks so that they will be in position to intercept the Burkes if they strike again. When the Burkes commit another holdup, they are unaware that Dan and Officer Dorsey have already eliminated the other possible suspects and are headed for the Burkes' home, where an armed confrontation becomes inevitable. Written by
The "hot rod" car's engine does not have a supercharger, which (no matter which type) would be easily seen since the engine is exposed. The car would have been fast enough to easily outrun standard passenger cars and police cars the way it was, and anyone who liked fast cars when the show first aired or likes them now would know these things. See more »
I really liked this episode. My family got our first TV during the time that Highway Patrol was being originally broadcast. But the comment from the producers about a supercharger are wrong- the car does not have such. "Normally-aspirated", meaning that it uses only atmospheric pressure to move the fuel-air mix into the cylinders. The engine in the car is probably an Oldsmobile. Less likely, but remotely possible that it is a Cadillac. Definitely not a Ford, Chevrolet, Buick, Pontiac, nor Chrysler product. The episode does have the reality that such a hot rod most likely could outrun any of the Patrol vehicles. The episode also shows the harm that can result from speeding and reckless driving.
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