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Oriental Redneck
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I challenge Corvette and Porsche in my Camry all the time. Big Grin


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Posts: 13566 | Location: TEXAS | Registered: September 04, 2008Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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So, I've had my 2017 Mustang GT convertible for 2 months now. It is not flashy, no stripes, totally stock. Not even a signature color, just "Magnetic Metallic" (grey).

One thing I have noticed since getting it is that at least 4-5 times a day, some dipshit next to me at a stop light or onramp thinks they need to "beat" me off the line. While I am a relatively sedate driver, I am not one of those ranted about in another thread about buying a nice car and driving well below it's abilities and the speed limit.

Sometimes it is a Camaro, Challenger, Charger, or the like in which case I could understand the "rivalry" of another pony car. More often than not though it is a piece of shit non-descript 4dr sedan about 10 years old. I've even see the same car that "smoked" me off the line pair up with another "basic" car at the next light and be totally sedate, further suggesting it is something about the car it is next to.

Any others with similar "sports" or "performance" cars notice the phenomenon?

And no, I don't get into it. Punching the gas only to hit the brakes for the next light or racing to the end of the onramp only to brake and merge into traffic does little for me.

Now, on an open road I will get into it and drive it like it should be, but when commuting and running errands I drive accordingly.


They don't just do that to people in fast vehicles, people do this all the time 'against' my 1 ton diesel truck.

Idiots do the red light to red light drag race thing in the city I work in all the time, meanwhile I just get up to a speed I know I'll hit a green at the next light with, even though it's well below the speed limit, and still end up getting to the same overall location within literally seconds of the stoplight racers.

It makes me want to have a PA system in the truck so I could speculate aloud regarding why why it's so urgent to race up to the next light which will also be red by the time you can get there, unless you're going to massively violate the speed limit. I mean did I miss the memo that they're giving out prizes for being the first vehicle to have to stop for the red light?

The amount of fuel people needlessly waste by that sort of driving in this town is almost as amazing as the fact that every last traffic signal in town is practically timed so if you follow the speed limit +/- 5mph, you're always hitting red lights. I'm not some extreme environmentalist, people can waste all the fuel they want, it just amazes me that they have that much money to throw away by not bothering to learn the timing of the lights in the city the people live and work in.


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Posts: 7351 | Location: Midland county, MI, United Socialist States of Amerika | Registered: February 17, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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My BIL used to challenge everyone, for money, no matter the car they had. He never lost that I'm aware of. When making the bet he got to specify the distance of the race or no bet. He was racing them on foot! I forgot the distance, wasn't far... It was really funny though.

He used to brag he could "outrun" any car in town.



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Posts: 6206 | Location: Between the Moon and New York City. | Registered: November 27, 2011Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Yes, that happens to me too often. I have a 2015 Porsche Turbo S. Zero to sixty in 2.7 seconds with launch control (no wheel spin). VERY few cars are capable of that sprint time, including most Ferraris, Lambos, etc.

Seems like everyday some kid in a Mustang, Camaro, or a Rice burner wants to race at a green light. All I can do is laugh and let them speed on down the road.

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Posts: 170 | Location: Fort Worth, Texas | Registered: February 06, 2008Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I want a 90's supercharged Bonneville so bad.

Just to make some punk kid think his $50k car is slow getting owned by a POS grandma car.


Such an underrated car/engine.
 
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Bought my GTO new;



Those days are gone. Back in 70, my sister bought a new GTO, Ram Air IV with the M22 trans, posi rear 3:70 something. That I would get to drive every so often and play around. My cars were all sports cars and nowhere near stoplight racers.


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back in the day the used cars we got were 1960s 70s muscle cars road runners and the like used state trooper cars were popular cheap and fast you could watch the gas gage go down as the speedometer went up





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I have an 04 Subaru STI that is lightly modded and set up for autocross. I constantly get the "challenge" I just laugh and let them go.


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They don't want to race you. They want to see how fast your car can take off .
 
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But even when I had my Z06, I didn't get too many who wanted to test it.


I saw a Z06 get it's doors blown off by a Honda S2000. A couple miles up the road I pulled up next to the Honda driver and asked him what he had done with it to make it that quick. He said he added a turbo charger and was making 425hp at the rear wheels.
 
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When at the light and "challenged", do a little "staging" and then when as the light is ready to change (if you can see the opposing yellow), let off the brake and let the nose rise, then let off the loud pedal and watch the idjits blast off into the the wild blue yonder.

Then go on about your biddniz.

Snicker.
I've done this. Usually much more subtle though. Just enough hints to get a likely 'launch'.

This still even happens (though rarely) with my 18 yr old Volvo. That car is in what is referred to as 'stage zero' condition and is actually deceptively quick, but c'mon, really?
 
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Same thing happens on a fast bike or one that sounds good.
Out in Salt Lake City, I had a Ducati and I couldn't make a few miles without someone wanting to race. Most of the time I did too and that bike was scary fast. A few spirited rides up Big Cottonwood Canyon was also normal.
Now I have the Indian Scout and it's the farthest thing from a sportbike possible. I have shorty pipes on and it sounds really, really good. I get guys wanting to race just because of the way it sounds.
No more racing and looking back at the time in SLC, I'm kinda lucky to be in 1 piece.


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Back in the day nothing could beat my AMC off the line, but the automatic transmission was crap so the lead would invariably be well blown before it got its act together.




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When at the light and "challenged", do a little "staging" and then when as the light is ready to change (if you can see the opposing yellow), let off the brake and let the nose rise, then let off the loud pedal and watch the idjits blast off into the the wild blue yonder.

Then go on about your biddniz.

Snicker.



BTDT, and yep,, snickered,


dated a chick that had a Triumph TR7,
was at a stop light in Va Beach, on the way home from a concert (Costello and the Attractions) very late at night,

dude in a new 300Z pulls up next to us and started that shit,
he would bounce a bit, rev up, etc etc,

so did I, (girlfriend freaking out, since it was her car, and it was actually running good,,, she was afraid it would break down)

light went green, 300z took off like a bat out of hell, we easy cruised on up the street,,

moron,,


what kills me, as a Mini Cooper S driver, is the fucking morons in pickups that speed up to catch me, headlights at lighting up the interior of my car, and they don't realize I can stop on a dime, they cannot,,

nor can they take offramps or any corner as well as I can,,,


idjits



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I had a cat in a Mini Cooper S do this with me. He flew up behind me then rode my ass before pulling along the side of me and doing downshift accelerations. I have driven Cooper S and while quick and good handling they are not quite in the STi(modified- cats pulled, larger turbo/intercooler, tune) realm. Ended up being a really young kid, probably put in mom's car.


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I had a cat in a Mini Cooper S do this with me. He flew up behind me then rode my ass before pulling along the side of me and doing downshift accelerations. I have driven Cooper S and while quick and good handling they are not quite in the STi(modified- cats pulled, larger turbo/intercooler, tune) realm. Ended up being a really young kid, probably put in mom's car.


yep,

you probably had a good 50-60 hp over him



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The 2018's are coming with line lock so you can easily do those burnouts.

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Fast cars are fun, driving fast cars is fun, racing or otherwise driving fast with another fast car is also fun, all of which are quite popular, and have been for ages, all around the world.

In some forum across the pond I'd bet there's a similar thread by a guy in a BMW M series wondering why other strangers in Porsches and Ferraris are always doing similar things while he's out buying lederhosen.
 
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