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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 11-23-2007, 06:31 PM Thread Starter
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A relaxing drive...until

I had an hour before sundown so I powered up the Elise and took off for the canyons. I do this for relaxing and the canyons are 7 minutes from my home. When I hit the canyons (Westlake), there is a slow Jag sedan in front of me so I switched cruising mode. I NEVER tail gate to force someone to move into a shoulder, what I do is slow down and let some space between us so I can speed up at my pace. The Jag driver pulled over into a turn out, so I waved and passed. Clear road for a while. I spotted a silver 350Z far in front of me, following a slow pick-up truck, so I went back to cruising mode again. I'm waiting for the left turn on Mulholland.

The truck went straight and the 350Z turned left, slowly, and completely stopped in the lane. I turned after the car and slowly went around him, noticed the driver was a middle aged man. I wondered why he stopped. But immediately, he was right on my bumper!

I'm not into racing on public streets, no way! So I slowed down to 10mph to let him around me. He still was on my bumper. so I dove for the first turn-out and he passed and speed up. He was driving rather fast.

It didn't take long to catch up to him. He was a poor driver and/or does not know the roads or his car. He was all over the road, braking at the wrong spots, using the brakelights when he shouldn't be. I kept my distance until he turned left on Kanan, I went straight.

The rest of the drive was relaxing, took my favorite roads at my own pace and enjoyed the drive home. But I still wonder about the 350Z driver. He needs to learn road manners and skills, and I hope he doesn't endanger others by his road attitude. Unfortunately there are too many people like that.

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It was probably some punk kid. Sadly this is how they die. They watch some Japanese videos and think they can touge & pull mountain runs without the proper experience and skills. Glad you just got out of his way. Yikes...

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I turned after the car and slowly went around him, noticed the driver was a middle aged man.
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Weird, while i was outside walking i saw a 350z pull out of my apartment parking lot spinning his wheels like crazy, and almost smashed into the curb. I almost wished he did so he'l bang up his 19" blingy wheels

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I just watched a motocyclist dump his bike trying to show off in front of a bar, he got on the throttle half way into the turn, light up his rear tire, the bike fished, and snapped back and over he went... nothing but a badly bruised ego with a huge crowd outside since it had just shut doors, but... can't say i feel to bad for him (given that he didn't actually get hurt anyway).
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most 350z owners are idiots. They "graduated" from civics and accords as soon as they made 1000 per month.... I left the my350z.com forums because I couldn't stand the low maturity level there. I love my Z, but I can't wait for my lotus and eventually an atom with the civic supercharged engine
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we don't have canyons here in nj....im jealous... however i have been "reved on" on the highways..
if its one of those supped up(riced) looking cars i wave them on.
i dont always do that with other sporty cars.. me and an audi had some fun a while back. though it was not racing but driving spirited (older guy with his son in the car) when we came into traffic we had a chance to talk, nice guy.

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most 350z owners are idiots. They "graduated" from civics and accords as soon as they made 1000 per month.... I left the my350z.com forums because I couldn't stand the low maturity level there. I love my Z, but I can't wait for my lotus and eventually an atom with the civic supercharged engine
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About 2 weeks after I purchased my Exige I was driving up 680 around Walnut Creek, CA. I was in lane 1, cruising with the rest of the traffic at about 75 MPH. I noticed that there was an older 300Z in lane 2, about 2 feet behind me to the right. After about 2 miles of him matching my speed I needed to get over, so I turned on my right blinker and tried to speed up and enter the empty space in front of him. As a started to accelerate he kept pace with me. So, I tried to slow down to get behind him and he slowed down with me. I gave him a few seconds to realize that he was being an a$$ then tried to get over again. It appeared that he was trying to bait me into racing him. After I made sure there was nobody behind me for at least 1000 feet I slammed on my breaks and changed lanes to get behind him, then proceeded to get over to the far right lane to exit the freeway. The next thing I know he's bobbing in and out of traffic, in excess of 100 MPH trying to show me how fast his car is.

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Strange folks out there...
After being sick the entire turkey weekend I had to go to the grocery store today to stock up on some vitamins and cold medicine.
The weather was nice and so I decided to take the Lotus instead of the Jeep.
At the first stop light from my house I had a mid aged, rather over weight guy in a red Porsche behind me.
When the light turned green I took off at a normal speed, the Porsche dude right on my tail. As soon as there was an opening to pass he sped up, passed me while almost rear-ending me and cutting off the guy in the left lane.
By the time we got to the next stop light he was a couple hundred feet in front of me. He had moved back into the right lane to turn off to the right...
I'm not sure what his issue was, but I guess he wanted to show me how fast he can go in a straight line...
Some people out there just need to show off, and the fact that you have a fast car encourages them to do stupid things.
I personally just don't get that kind of mentality...

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Strange folks out there...

Some people out there just need to show off, and the fact that you have a fast car encourages them to do stupid things.
I personally just don't get that kind of mentality...
Our cars certainly attract much attention -on and off the roads.

I'm just getting accustomed to it myself, as well as holding back the urge to respond to their antics.

Just the other night I was driving down Sepulveda Blvd, minding my own business, when some sort of tricked out older Mustang 5.0 pulled up _right_ alongside me, tuanting me to drag race him. But I was already doing 40 in a 35mph zone, and felt there just wasn't anything for me to prove. (or risk) So I just ignored him and kept at my pace.

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I am getting so annoyed with people riding up on my tail trying to get me to race. I have actually considered making a sign for my rear window that says "I don't street race." Maybe "I race on the track, not the streets" might be a bit cooler.

My temptation has been to drop a gear, take my foot off the clutch and not rev match. But I'm sure I would only end up with a ruined clam and time wasted. GGGEEEERRRR, these threads get me fired up!

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most 350z owners are idiots. They "graduated" from civics and accords as soon as they made 1000 per month.... I left the my350z.com forums because I couldn't stand the low maturity level there. I love my Z, but I can't wait for my lotus and eventually an atom with the civic supercharged engine

i never had a civic, the Z was my first sports car and paved the way to Lotusland, but I would probably fall into the idiot category on most days

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i cant be the only guy that sometimes has some fun with other "like"cars. on our way to limerock early in the month(three of us riding together) we merged on to... i think 684, and already on the road meeting us at our entrance was a s2000. he was being a bit aggressive, and knowing the other two cars were following me, i stayed in the right lane(besides at this point there was a bit of traffic.) anyway he stayed with us, either between one of us or behind us, for at least ten miles. the road opened up and there was 2 or three miles of open two lanes ahead of us. well the s200 got in the left lane and matched our speed for a bit, then i said F%$# it, and i drooped to 3rd and went. drove to about a mile before the traffic ahead and left off. at which point, it was the last i saw of him. (he stayed on it and ziged through the traffic.)

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Of course street racing is fun. The adrenaline rush is a blast. But if and when you get caught, you will be extremely regretful. Even moreso if you should happen to have an accident and/or hurt someone else. Just not worth it to me, but I am easily tempted to race when provoked.
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The saying around here is Lotus brings out the worst in OTHER drivers.
All the above confirms it.
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Must be a Nissan Thing

Two of the three idiots who have tailgated me and/or tried to race me were in 'tricked out' 240SXs (the other was in a Pontiac Grand Prix). The 240 dudes were the stereotypical wanna-be drifter or drag-racer types with the usual oil-can mufflers and cheesy plastic add-ons. Probably more than a coicidence that they were driving the very same make/model.

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