Flavor Flav has what he believes is a solid excuse for beating his speeding ticket ... he was racing to his mother's funeral.
Flav -- aka William Drayton -- went to court in NY today for his speeding case ... and yes, he had to remove the clock he wears around his neck before he could go through the metal detectors.
Flav was stopped in Hempstead, NY Jan. 9 for driving 79 in a 55 MPH zone. He told troopers he was on his way to his mom's burial. But officers discovered he had 16 different license suspensions -- all stemming from unpaid tickets. He was arrested ... then released.
In court, Flav pleaded not guilty to the speeding charge ... and assured the judge he's cleared up all of his past tickets.