I had a new car. It was an exciting toy, a big BMW 3.3 Li,which means 3.3 litre ,long wheelbase , fuel injection. It had a top speed of 129 mph and terrific acceralation.
I saw a man thumbing a lift. I touched the brake and brought the car to a stop beside him. i always stopped for hitchikers. He was a small ratty faced man with grey teeth . His eyes were dark and quick clever , like rats's eyes , and his ears were slightly pointed at the top.
'What can she flat out?' he asked. 'One hundred and twenty-nine miles an hour,' I told him. 'Open 'er up and then prove it,' he said . ' Go on guv'nor, open 'er up and let's see what she'll do. ' We came out of the circle onto the highway and i pressed my foot hard down on the accelerator. The big car leaped forward as though she'd been stung . In ten seconds or so , we were doing ninety.
The cop came round to my open window and placed one meaty hand on the sill. I gave him my driver's licence . He unbuttoned the left-hand breast pocket of his tunic and brought out the dreaded book of tickets . Carefully he copied the name and address from my licence . Then he gave it back to me.
The hitchhiker took from his pocket a tin of tobacco and a packet of cigarette papers and started to roll a cigarette . The cigarette was rolled and ready in about five seconds. He ran his tongue along the edge of he paper , struck it down and popped the cigarette between his lips. 'I've never seen anyone roll a cigarette as fast as that.' 'Ah,' he said , taking a deep suck of smoke . ' SO you noticed.' 'Of course I noticed. It was quite fantastic.'
'What's memory got to do with it ?' I asked . 'It's written down on his books , isn't it?' . 'Yes ,guv'nor , it is . But the trouble is, 'ee's lost the book. 'Ee's lost both books, the one with my name on it and the one with yours.' In the long delicate fingers of his right hand, the man was holding up in the triumph the two books he had taken from the policeman's pockets. 'Easiest job i ever done ,' he announced proudly. I nearly swerved the car into a milk truck, i was so excited.