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post #1 of 3 Old 03-18-2005, 10:44 PM Thread Starter
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This made my night...

I had a long day. Troubleshooting the automation in a rapidly-approaching 4000-seat deployment of Office 2003 with Visio Viewer, plus a number of combo installs with Visio and Project Professional. Deadline for a decision to pilot test was 5pm. Well, it was about 6:30 when we wrapped up our remaining issue, but solving the remaining issue put me in a decidedly better mood.

...but I still had a 90 minute drive ahead of me - and all of it on I-95 - from Princeton, past Philly (on a Friday night), and back into Delaware. I was in the Integra, and had the MP3 changer working hard. Now, my car is stock in appearance, but admittedly it does have an er...obviously non-stock muffler outlet. It's not the BIGGEST fart can you've ever seen, but it must be 3 inches, and it's the one thing (other than the 3/4" drop in ride height) that another driver might notice about my 'sleeper'.

Fortunately traffic was light, and I was in Delaware in short order. Cruising at a modest 70 mph, my eyes flickering between the concrete slab ahead and the headlights behind, I noticed a pair of lights bearing down on me fast. I was in the center lane on the three-lane I-495. I could tell it wasn't a LEO...

So the guy flies up on my RIGHT and with impressive flair settles to exactly my chosen speed. I look over and it's a fairly young guy in a new Lotus Elise. It was gorgeous, in a metallic sand (beige/pewter?) color I hadn't seen on that car before. I ogled his ride, and he looked at me for a second or two as if offering an invitation, and then the Elise surged forward. I suppose it was to his great disappointment that I did not bite, but traffic wasn't exactly sparse, and there was a car a hundred yards ahead in my lane.

He slowed down and I moved forward to catch him. A few moments later I pulled alongside and gave him a thumbs-up, offering my approval of the car more so than the display of acceleration. He acknowledged, and we collectively supposed it was my turn. I dropped to fourth and ran it fairly hard up to fifth. He stayed steady.

When we were a couple miles down the road, he pulled alongside once more, and again matched my speed. Traffic had magically cleared, so it was on. I matched revs and smoothly dropped to fourth again. We glanced at each other for about a second. When he nailed it, I followed, and we both gave it our best.

The engines strained, pedals to carpet. We were dead even for a long second or two...but as the revs climbed, and the turbo was fully spooled, and the VTEC profile changed, I pulled away as if he backed off...(but he did not)!

I had at least four lengths on him within ten or fifteen seconds. As a semi-responsible citizen, I slowed as soon as there was no doubt about the outcome - before getting to a REALLY unsafe speed and earning myself a ticket (or worse). I figure that the Elise driver was either surprised at the balls of the little Teggy, or disappointed that his pricey sex machine was dusted by a ten-year-old ricemobile.

Nonetheless, he courteously pulled alongside a third time and gave ME a thumbs up before we left each other alone.

(I know the Elise is more of a handler than a drag racer, and I'd still trade with him in a hot second, but it was nice knowing my $6K commuter car can handle a $35K street-legal track machine like an Elise.)
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Re: This made my night...

From the way you described your tegger in a few other posts...I think that there are a LOT of cars you could give a run for their money gotta make you feel good, especially in a 10 year old "rice mobile" I always wanted to drop a turbo GS-R into my 91 beater when I had it, now you wanna talk about a sleeper, but it got written off before I had the chance(oh well )

Now with the prelude, I play it cool because everyone thinks that 'ludes are the fastest things out there(don't ask me why) when really it is more of a luxury/handling car than anything...You would no belive how many "kids" wanna race all the time when I am in my car...I just laugh and drive off slow, knowing that they probably would have handed my ass to me (they get pretty pissed)

nice "kill" (not that I condone doing that sort of thing )
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Re: This made my night...

I say nice "kill" as well. There is nothing better than blowing away a car that cost 3x what you have in your own. I've done that a time or two...or ten with the beauty to my left. The same applies when I'm racing in sand on the good old Honda 250R walking away from these $7,000 four-strokes.
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