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Since I've started autocrossing I've noticed that when I see a cone on the road I treat them differently than I used to. I used to be really great to people working on the roads, by slowing down a bit and giving them lots of room.

This morning I saw three cones on the freeway onramp, where a Pacbell guy was working with his van. Before I had any rational though I was driving right to the edge of the cones trying to get as close to them as possible without clipping them. After passing the van I realized what I was doing, and how bad that was especially for the poor guy he was working there.

Has anyone else noticed this? The bit of excitement at seeing a a cone, and then actualy driving out of your way in an attempt to pretend it's an apex cone.

Bad, bad bad.
 

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well i haven't tried to pinch the phone guy to his van, but at the last few events at Norton or CASPWY there was contrustion on the 57, so i'd slalom a few here and there....there was this dude in a Focus who followed me once...and i thought i was the idiot...he got all sideways and scared the crap outta ME and i was well enough away not to get hit, but it sure didn't look good. So i just went on my way and not give numbnuts any other ideas...
 

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So i just went on my way and not give numbnuts any other ideas...
LOL! Don'tcha just love sucking people in with an unassuming car? I've had riceboys push me around turn-around off-ramps and I just keep speeding up and watch them push wide and slow up. Then I go even faster :D

And to think my previously suspension-fixed-up car was a '77 AMC Hornet - I guess the Escort is kinda "high profile" in comparison :D

 

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LOL! Don'tcha just love sucking people in with an unassuming car? I've had riceboys push me around turn-around off-ramps and I just keep speeding up and watch them push wide and slow up. Then I go even faster :D
I don't have much of a fixed up suspension, but with the Azenis on (Which I've been too lazy to take off for my Potenzas) I like making people in better handling cars feel bad. I love when some wanna be hotshot shows up in his 02 Carrera 2 and starts pushing the car around on the streets (or sometimes the freeway) and I'll keep up with him and usually blow by him. I love knowing that while my car can't handle as well as his, I'm a good enough driver to keep up or beat his better car/pathetic driver.

Of course when I do this Allyson usually isn't too happy. I get all riled up when I see headlights coming up on me on the freeway.
 

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road rage? anger management?

LOL

I find myself suffering from these on occassion...i really try hard not to bother, but it sometimes gets the best of me...

but i have REALLY calmed down since i started racing legally...i really am pretty mellow on the roads now, which is good...so i really let loose on the weekends...but i now find myself so amped i push too hard....stupid compromises...

I just play by myself (no Gunnar jokes please) in un populated industrial areas when i feel the urge.

I find it absolutely hilarious when rice boys fly up next to me and do the rev launch repeatedly in hopes i'll bite and race em...they see the decals, ponder on what kinda car it is and figure, hey he can't be as fast as my <insert trendy rice car name here> right? They get sooooo frustrated when you don't do anything....except laugh. Adnmittedly, once i did race this one guy in a saturn, i just cruised along for about 3-4 lights and then we got a red. He was so proud of his little saturn i just had to see what he had....not enough for the Protege anyway...as i waited for the twisty parts to run him <evil grin>

Oh and i sometimes get asked if it has a rotary? I say, "Ya, it has a twin rotor inline 4" i usually get the thumbs up or "thats way cool dude!".........stupid morons
 

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wkalman said:
LOL! Don'tcha just love sucking people in with an unassuming car? I've had riceboys push me around turn-around off-ramps and I just keep speeding up and watch them push wide and slow up. Then I go even faster :D
It's gotta be an autocrosser thing. I haven't driven competitively in over 25 years, but I like to think the reactions are still there, along with knowing about "lines" and such. You just never really forget.

As Will does, I like to do that to these kids when I'm in my Lexus. There's a 270-degree double-apex on-ramp that I use all the time. I just love to have one of them tuck in behind me, obviously planning to jump around me when we get to the freeway. (I like to go just fast enough so they can't get in front of me from the next lane.) I gently squeeze the throttle around the first half of the turn, then tighten the steering a bit and clip the second apex under almost full throttle. I've never had one stay with me. I level off at 65-70, go on cruise control, and watch them zoom by later. One took almost a mile before he passed me. Hyuk, hyuk. :D Nothing quite like an old fart in a luxury car to p*ss off the kids.

On another note, it's not autocrossing, but there's this kid around here with a dark green Accord, lowered, stupid looking wing, LOUD exhaust, stickers, you know, the whole ricer thing. My son was out at the drag strip one night (I know, I know) and that kid was out there. Turns out my wife in her absolutely-bone-stock Durango could give this kid a run for his money. She'd probably lose, but it would be close. Ditto for another kid with a Durango with a 6" lift and giant mudder-style tires. He ran an 18 something, and the Accord ran in the 17s.

Not that there's anything wrong with that...;)
 

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I've never had one stay with me. I level off at 65-70, go on cruise control, and watch them zoom by later. One took almost a mile before he passed me. Hyuk, hyuk. :D
Ah, you've been a victim of the "Ricer Fly-By," as if flying by you half a mile down the road after you've reached your cruising speed reinstates their manhood.
 

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You can take their manhood away from them again by pointing and laughing at them when they drive by. (Note that I didn't say Fly by)

I really po'd this spiky haired dumbass by doing this. He stomped on it and the auto kicked down two gears. I pulled over because I was crying from laughing so hard. What a pud.
 

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I find that I wish I could slalom the cones when I am on the road, but then I remember that I am in a truck! with a blown stock suspension (squish) So I just stare at them longingly :D

As for the jackass riceboys on the road....I have only raced one kid in my truck. he did't see it coming. He thought he was all that and then POW!!!! I hit the gas and that bad boy goes. I left him multipul car lenghts behind.

Sorry kid, better luck next time. Maybe you should learn more about horsepower to weight ratios before you take on a truck :D

But then I bet Steve and Jayson have a few choice words to say about that.
 

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once i had a integra ricer who tailgated me at chantry flat santa anita canyon. this sad sob for some reason was flashing his lights and tailgated my ass inches away . . . at the time i was just cruising uphill at slightly over the suggested legal speed, nice breeze, no traffic, windows down, sunroof open, and this sob was pissing me off, speaking of Darryl's anger management, on my angel side says, eric, just let him go, let him pass and it will just be ok. i was like, okokok, let me think about it . . . . .. . at the moment i wasn't speeding up or slowing down, then this fu*&er started blasting music from behind LOUD, i was like, what the bloody hell is he up to now????!?! i was thinking, all i wanted to do was to enjoy the nice drive and scenery and this sob ruined it .. . i decided to went the evil way, tighten the seatbelt, hands at 10, 2 o clock, sppeding up and cornering faster, he was following and following, at a distant i could hear loud music and exhaust note at the straightaway, at corners i could hear "all-season tires" .. . . turns and turns, after about 7 twisty turns later, it was a tight righthander, i could see from the rearview mirror, he was trying to speedup without slowing down for the corner, sad ricer plowed right into rocks and he finally pulled over and luckily no cars behind him . . . i turned around and pulled over too. i asked, "u ok?" he was just starred at his bodykit, bumper and fender . . . i noticed another ricer mistake, balk, stock w/out hub caps and all season tires in the front and nice-ass rims and better tires in the rear . . . i guessed they watched too much "fast and furious" drag cars and they like all black in the front wheels . . . .
after this incident, i really have to watch who follows behind me . .
 

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I figure I will burn in hell....

I've been suckering clueless wonders into unfortunate failures for 20 years.

When we got the Shelby Lancer it was all too easy, but I did it in lots of vehicles. In the Shelby..... Remember in 1988 there wasn't as many decent handling cars as today and there weren't as many good tires. The Shelby had great road holding ability and the gatorbacks were pretty good for the time.

We were driving a deserted stretch of Mulholland everyday (between Kanan and Las Virgenes) on our way to Malibu. Nearly everday a hot car would chase up on us and start tailgating us. These were usually fairly exotic highend cars. And many of them ended up in a cloud of dirt in our rear view mirror.

I just love the bold assumptions these idiots made.
 
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