The Sunday Drive Is Better Enjoyed On Thursday

Cars, planes, boats & movies
Post Reply
User avatar
Nuvolari
Watchlord WIS
Posts: 3252
Joined: August 7th 2014, 5:53pm
Contact:

The Sunday Drive Is Better Enjoyed On Thursday

Post by Nuvolari » October 6th 2022, 10:41pm

I plotted out a great path for a Sunday drive that would take me along very small rural roads, in some cases down to one lane.

And that tends to make an aggressive drive a little hairier when others may be out with the same intention, so I decided to take my Sunday drive TODAY - on a Thursday while everyone was at work.

It was definitely the right call.

Even at $7.10/gallon.
6331E429-25ED-4D27-8EC1-E7D36BCF1929.jpeg
6153BED4-E94A-45CB-ABE9-8A348F863F6C.jpeg
5F687445-6F22-4879-93B2-BDDAEF752C26.jpeg
155F4DF6-C1FA-42F7-84ED-1CD8DF49649E.jpeg
16B6CFFD-7C5D-4EF4-ABD6-F5E7725B69BA.jpeg
This car is old, but I love it - very limited electronica, rear wheel drive, 333.33 ci aluminum V8 [M273], DOHC, 4v, VVT, direct injection, bolted to a 7-spd transmission in a magnesium case. Engine, fuel , ignition, & exhaust tuning have yielded a reasonably conservative 435hp. The chassis is a steel-sprung 3,500lb 2+2 coupé that is very sure-footed when driven well, but can deliver more power than the widest of the still- pretty-narrow 18” rear Michelins available can put down.
That typically means heavy throttle creates wheel spin through 3rd and even 4th depending on the road surface.
25E07497-57E4-4E32-B4A4-7189416EF164.jpeg
EA59D043-F556-47F9-AFFA-D28128992873.jpeg
The engine is normally aspirated but the power comes on so very hard from 4200rpm up you would swear it was turbocharged. But that can also result it exceeding its traction threshold… creating unnecessary excitement when overdriven. Every now and again I’d ride a fat wave of mid-range torque out of a turn exit but would end up rolling on just a bit too much throttle - triggering a downshift followed by violent wheel spin and all hell breaking loose.
BFD914AA-717B-4684-B80F-609ED141E14C.jpeg
AB60D5BF-88F5-4088-8C6F-14CE421C618B.jpeg
FF712CE5-E193-4E72-B154-35072F15E0FB.jpeg
4C464C83-BE3C-4F29-B027-5A5F482ED795.jpeg
So today I simply enjoyed and celebrated an open road. Beautifully untraveled backroads washed in fall sunshine while I listened to RUSH occasionally become drowned out by a howling V8 exhaust popping and burbling while my hair whipped all around like Animal from the Muppets.

And it was good. Real good.
1F29BC09-5D1A-43A2-86EE-CAE6DFD4F396.jpeg
B6B3FBA7-A5B1-478B-BDE7-B0269EAF09E0.jpeg
BD70DE5C-B925-4A26-B102-89879893CEBC.jpeg
5C881127-5598-4B70-99D6-99FBD93F4F72.jpeg
- and that’s the view from the road!
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.
”Russian Warship - Go Fuck Yourself!”

Image
User avatar
Nuvolari
Watchlord WIS
Posts: 3252
Joined: August 7th 2014, 5:53pm
Contact:

Re: The Sunday Drive Is Better Enjoyed On Thursday

Post by Nuvolari » October 7th 2022, 11:27am

codguy wrote:
October 7th 2022, 6:51am
Acouple of things --------
- your gas was only 7.099 and not $7.10 :mrgreen:
- are those the pin wheel thingies (pic 14?) that will be powering california cars in the future??
Busted! Yeeeeaaah… I wasn’t sure how many half-schillings or whatever is a 1/10th of a penny - and, plus, it’s fun to be a big shot, so I just round up the big numbers to come across more impressively.

And, yes, under the pending Mandatory Syntax Enhancement Initiative slated to take effect in 2028 those pinwheel things will soon be called “Car Chargers”.

I tried them here - and they just don’t really do much unless you’re a dust enthusiast…
FAEBDEF2-D349-42C1-950C-026A4A5A2589.jpeg
But Mercedes-Benz has a very exciting brand new model using only the cleanest technology on their über exclusive California Special, currently identified as the only model to be sold in the state.
185B51B5-BA27-4B7E-AE74-C6134BECD1DE.jpeg
“I like where things are going these days - it feels like as a state and as a nation we finally have our shit together…” - said no American ever.
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.
”Russian Warship - Go Fuck Yourself!”

Image
User avatar
Nuvolari
Watchlord WIS
Posts: 3252
Joined: August 7th 2014, 5:53pm
Contact:

Re: The Sunday Drive Is Better Enjoyed On Thursday

Post by Nuvolari » October 7th 2022, 11:34am

I actually thought this place might catch the eye of some of you military history savants…

https://clui.org/ludb/site/site-300
EA9E32BC-3172-4EC7-AA42-252997406101.jpeg
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.
”Russian Warship - Go Fuck Yourself!”

Image
Post Reply

Return to “The Drive in”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests