The love of fast cars...

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    Oct 24, 2010 4:41 PM GMT
    I used to really love fast cars. I even took some "offensive driving" training (offered to the military by Chicago PD back in '91) to better my driving and handling skills.

    Now with a shitload of tickets on my record, and insurance that I can't afford as a result, I have completely lost the desire for a fast car. In fact, I don't even enjoy driving anymore because I'm constantly paranoid that the cops for gonna pop me for something. One of the tickets was for 6 MPH over the speed limit (41 in a 35).

    Am I alone with this thinking? Or do people still want a fast car?

    I just don't see where having a fast car would be any fun if I'm gonna be paranoid the whole time and never use it to its maximum potential.
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    Oct 24, 2010 4:46 PM GMT
    love 'em, can't use 'em except on the VW test track, but still want them...Lambo, Ferraris, ZR1, Advantage, and old muscles......keeps you young and broke Paulie.....that's the way, uh huh, uh huh, I like it...uh huh, uh huh....Keithicon_cool.gif
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    Oct 24, 2010 5:51 PM GMT
    I have owned a couple muscle cars and though I do miss them, I don
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    Oct 24, 2010 6:03 PM GMT
    I love fast car, im more into tuner cars and exotics, not into muscle cars at all (or any american cars). Haha I got a 500 dolllar ticket last summer for racing on the streets and I got flashed by one of those camera some stop lights which was soo gay! I think having a fast car is good if your on the freeway or to show off, but overall it is useless to have a fast car to drive everyday unless you like paying $40 dollars a day to fill your gas tank. My dream car is the Pagani Zonda, Ferrari enzo, Ferrari f4390, Nissan Skyline gtr r33-34, and lambo murcielago!
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    Oct 24, 2010 6:04 PM GMT
    I have a Corvette heavily modified with a custom built 427 engine, supercharger, and performance suspension, etc. Around town I drive it like an old lady.

    My daily driver is a hybrid, so my total gas consumption is below many others.
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    Oct 24, 2010 6:16 PM GMT
    paulflexes said...I just don't see where having a fast car would be any fun if I'm gonna be paranoid the whole time and never use it to its maximum potential.

    Well, for all my adult life I've made a distinction, between practical utilitarian cars that are mundane but do the errands, and fast motorcycles, that blast my guts down the highway at breakneck speed.

    I've always gotten my thrills on bikes, and left my cars to bus-like transportation duties. And as a result, seldom spent much money on cars.

    Down here in Florida, were we both live, Paul, the roads hold no driving interest for me. Flat, congested, and entirely unchallenging (other than to avoid poor drivers), driving indeed offers little pleasure, by whatever vehicle and however powerful. Living in the Pacific Northwest on the other hand, as I have, or in many other places I've been in the US, I love to drive. I think you may be suffering from Florida Malaise.
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    Oct 24, 2010 6:20 PM GMT
    John, we are gonna have to do the coast from Ventura to San Pedro in our vettes one of these days, that would complete a childhood dream. already done it on my old harley......Keithicon_cool.gif
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    Oct 24, 2010 6:27 PM GMT
    paulflexes said One of the tickets was for 6 MPH over the speed limit (41 in a 35).



    For most of us this probably would have been a warning. With a lot of tickets on your record, the cop might have been less likely to cut you a break.
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    Oct 24, 2010 8:45 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidI think you may be suffering from Florida Malaise.
    I think you hit the nail on the head.
    I've been considering selling my car and going back to a bike. Inconveniences aside, it's definitely more fun; and actually safer in the right hands. They're much more nimble and I can squeeze through tight spots in traffic, which would be a huge plus, considering most of my tickets were caused from "making up for lost time" after speeding around slow fuckers who won't go when the lights turn green.
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    Oct 24, 2010 9:02 PM GMT
    vetteset saidJohn, we are gonna have to do the coast from Ventura to San Pedro in our vettes one of these days, that would complete a childhood dream. already done it on my old harley......Keithicon_cool.gif

    Yup, Keith - so classic tooling along the Pacific coast in a vette. As for bikes, mostly into sportbikes. Had a harley for a while for a change. Liked it and did some performance mods, but missed the nimbleness of a rocket so now have a "GIXXER Thou". It spends most of the time under wraps in the garage, though.
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    Oct 24, 2010 9:24 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    Art_Deco saidI think you may be suffering from Florida Malaise.
    I think you hit the nail on the head.

    Well, not difficult. We've met you in person, and know that you fly airplanes with open cockpits. Why WOULDN'T you find Florida street traffic intolerable? I already do, have since 1973, and I'm not even a pilot. icon_razz.gif