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Old 07-09-2005, 02:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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this was a while ago, but reading these stories made me wanna post it.

i have a 1976 320A with a 318i head.

i was thrashing thru the hills one night when i came up behind a modded 180SX, dumped to the weeds and a big exhaust.
i had to slow up and i was getting impatiant cos this guy was ruining a really good tight twisty road, so i flashed my lights at him and he got the hint.
i hear him spool up and i thought "cool he will leave me behind and i can have some fun"

well... this guy couldnt drive his thumb up his ***. i no trouble keeping up with this guy, he was sharp with his steering and crap with the brakes.

the suspention on the 180 had no travel left, so when we hit the bumpy bits his back kept stepping out on him. and this guy couldnt handle this so i backed off so he wouldnt kill himself.

it just pissed me off that i didnt have the grunt to pass him, i could out handle him and way out brake him. i have copper pads on the stock brakes, and 205's on factory mags

not bad for stock suspention hey?
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Old 07-09-2005, 12:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The problem with a lot of people when they think about "performance driving" is that they think about speed. How much horsepower? What's the 0-60? What's the quartermile time?
There's a reason, you know, that some sports cars like Porsches and BMWs and Corvettes have MONSTER BRAKES.
Because racing includes breaking - not just getting up and going.
What's that tried and true comment I read about the Motorsports Division? It goes with the golden rule anyway - "Suspension/brakes first, power second."

Crap, I think I may be a yuppie...
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Old 07-10-2005, 05:32 AM   #3 (permalink)
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yeh i agree, power is wasted without the ability to put it down to the ground.

but this guy had far more poer than me, so unless i was willing to slide up the inside of him on what would be a blind corner, i just wasnt going to get past him.
on a race track it would have been a different story, i would have had him on the first corner, but come the first straight....
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