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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 08-17-2005, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
 
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Freeway Footsie w/ a SRT-4

Not really a kill story since the game was so small, but I was annoyed.

OK...there I was last night minding my own business w/ the cruise at 80 mph on the 5 freeway northbound, about 4 miles or so before the 5-99 split. A kid in a black SRT-4 *#$**#$**#$**#$*Neon scoots up on my right side, slows, darts forward, slows again.

Obviously, he wants to play.

I wasn't really into it. My new tires are going on tomorrow, and I don't like the way the old right rear rubber looks.

But there he is, jumping back and forth like a spastic colon.

WTF, I think. A lesson should be taught.

I turn reach up to the V1's volume up to full and drop it into 5th. I wait until the Neon was even with me, turn to look at the guy in the SRT, shrug, and slap it into 4th while simultaneously punching the go-pedal.

Voom.

I pull a car length ahead...but those little Dodges are pretty fecking quick. He's sorta staying with me...something I didn't expect. winding up, I pop into 5th. The Holden is definitely strolling away. The Overspeed Chime pings on, telling me I've crossed over 125 mph. Traffic is ahead, but there's a hole that can be threaded. Sixth. Where the hell is he?

Glancing between the mirrors, he was about three lengths back, shifting from the left lane to the center- behind me- and back again. Playing in my blind spot. Feck it- he's behind and not likely to close distance...so I thread the needle at what later DGPS logging would finally show was 134 mph.

Figuring I had showed him what Aussie Metal can do, I back off. Predictably, he shoots ahead, gets hard on the brakes, and pulls alongside, smiling. This was at about 110.

By now, I just wanted him to go away....so I drop back into 5th and floor it, repeating the spanking...and back off as he starts to engage in the same dumbassery, fecking around where I can't see him, as before.

it was then I deciced that this was stupid. I have tires at the end of their life and a n00bie pinhead who seems to enjoy playing hide-n-go seek at airliner landing speed. Enough.

I like running fast with another car on the freeway. It's fun....like with that G35 the other night. But, dammit- there are rules. When going in the felony speeds, stay the hell out of the other guy's blind spot. Bad things happen in a right hurry, what with you overtaking traffic at twice their speed and stuff.

So...Little Boy Neon pulls alongside again while I wa still at ~100, grinning and doing the spastic colon thing again. He points ahead...and I shake my head in the negative. He keeps looking at me. I point at him, pantomime driving with the "air steering wheel", and sign the thumbs-down. "You drive like sh1t." He flashes me a dirty look and spazzes off.

Some people just gotta learn the rules of driving like a crazy person.

Oh...and those little SRT-4s are pretty fast.

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Hey man I feel ya. The difference between you (and me) and him is age and miles under the belt. You realize what a high stakes game that is, and he obviously doesnt. I wouldnt have even threaded the needle, the fear of a mistake is so strong in my head at those times it actually takes some of the fun out of it. Glad to hear you kept him behind you though!
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Yeah...but I should really know better. I recognize that wasn't the brightest thing to do.

However, I spend the better part of four hours (sometimes more) on the road every single day...and I get bored.

I have joined NASA...sort of AA for speedoholics, I guess. I need to get to the track to take out some of these more primitive urges in a safer way.


But these cars are sooooooo much fun at speed....and it's a bitch being the gunslinger that every punk wants to take a shot at.
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Hey Groucho, just out of curiosity, how much is Premium costing there now? Our 93 Premium, yes 93, is running $2.70 to $2.95 a gal now down here in SoFL. It's getting rather pricy to tromp these twits but still gratifying.
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Be cautious...... I handed a couple of "Holden's best" there asses in my SRT-4......that fecker would pull hard all the way to 160! And no just like my car now she wasn't stock... by any means!
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Be cautious...... I handed a couple of "Holden's best" there asses in my SRT-4......that fecker would pull hard all the way to 160! And no just like my car now she wasn't stock... by any means!
I KNEW you were going to chime in here when I read the original post!!! You know Dodge could teach Pontiac a thing or 2 about drivetrains in small cars, a-la the new Solstice. Imagine that little bastard with the SRT-4 Stage II drivetrain in it. Wooo Hooo! Instead they opted for the nice, smiley little Eco-Tec. "Hello! All my gay friends call me 'Eco', lets go hug a tree"
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Hey Groucho, just out of curiosity, how much is Premium costing there now? Our 93 Premium, yes 93, is running $2.70 to $2.95 a gal now down here in SoFL. It's getting rather pricy to tromp these twits but still gratifying.
$2.98/gal for 91.

I need a lower-key car...feeding my Goat (and taking on these idjits) is getting 'spensive...
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I KNEW you were going to chime in here when I read the original post!!! You know Dodge could teach Pontiac a thing or 2 about drivetrains in small cars, a-la the new Solstice. Imagine that little bastard with the SRT-4 Stage II drivetrain in it. Wooo Hooo! Instead they opted for the nice, smiley little Eco-Tec. "Hello! All my gay friends call me 'Eco', lets go hug a tree"
...... holy sh*t you're correct! Or at least put the damn Cobalt SS motor in it (tree hugger with a huffer on it...), now you watch, someone out there that loves the damn Ecotec is going to flame the hell out of us!
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I KNEW you were going to chime in here when I read the original post!!! You know Dodge could teach Pontiac a thing or 2 about drivetrains in small cars, a-la the new Solstice. Imagine that little bastard with the SRT-4 Stage II drivetrain in it. Wooo Hooo! Instead they opted for the nice, smiley little Eco-Tec. "Hello! All my gay friends call me 'Eco', lets go hug a tree"
Thank you very much. At one point I was considering a new Solstice - but you sure as hell just blew that one out of the water.
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Thank you very much. At one point I was considering a new Solstice - but you sure as hell just blew that one out of the water.
I think they are planning to release a higher HP version of it in it's second model year, but I can't remember the amount; somewhere in the 200's, I think. That might not be too bad as I believe the car is supposed to be pretty light (a la Lotus Elise).

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