Yesterday at dusk, Ajax was pulled over by a state trooper on the way home from work. After very quickly rolling down the somewhat illegal limo-tinted window, stater approaches and informs Ajax that brake lights are not working. So, we give it a test, and they work perfectly while parked. Trooper: "Get them checked right away-- must be a loose wire or something intermittent." "OK, you're right, will do sir," Ajax replies, being glad not to receive a ticket, and proud of himself that he kept the trooper in BACK of vehicle so he did not observe lack of front license plate.
Long story short, nothing wrong with brake lights. Ajax was approaching railroad tracks, and slowed from about 45 MPH downshifting all the way to a crawl in 1st gear without ever touching the brake pedal. Since realizing that downshifting to 1st gear with the SMG is perfectly fine, brakes hardly ever get used at all, which is what fooled the trooper. And Ajax can't blame him a bit for getting the chance to eyeball the M6 up close. He was far more interested in the car that the lights, and who can blame him. He also loved the sound of the Tubi exhaust!
(Ajax hits the brakes once in awhile to keep the rust off the rotors).