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Old 06-03-2011, 01:58 PM
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What was the best handling car you,ve owned or driven?

Back in 1986, I met a guy whose Mom was divorced, but somewhat wealthy, and she owned both a new Lincoln and a new 1986 Porsche 911.

Well, her son had previously wrecked his car, so she wouldnt buy him another, leaving him to save money and buy his own car, an early 80's Ford Pinto. Well, his Mom pretty much never drove the Porsche, and left it parked at her office(she owned some child day care centers). So my new friend got hold of a spare key to the Porsche, and he'd go to her office and drop off his Pinto and pick up the 911.

Well, there were quite a few times that we'd drive it around all day and/or all night. He was a pot smoker then, but I never was a big pot smoker, and he usually wanted to get high, so I'd get him some pot, he'd smoke it, then he'd fall asleep in the passenger seat almost every time, and leave me to drive for hours!

So, I was living out near a rural area of Chester County Pa, with lots of untraveled curvy back roads and rural highways, which were perfect for a 911. So I got to raise hell in it regularly on all kinds of different roads.

One late night, my friend was driving, and we hit 155mph on I-95 going up to Philadelphia, and we were going so fast it was like all the other cars and trucks were standing still. We also did 100mph down main street Newark De at about 4am one night, in a 25mph zone! A cop was actually sitting on a side street and saw us, so he followed us back to my apartment, and when we went to make the turn into the lot, he just looked at us, shook his head, and said that maybe we should slow it down a bit! We also did 150mph with 5 people in the car, including 2 girls we liked, plus my little brother, while going down Rt 273 in rural Cecil county Maryland!

But it was most fun on the twisty back roads, and its manual gears had such a wide range of speeds you could travel on them. We had people try to race us on twisty back roads, but we'd always leave them far, far behind!

I cant even begin to imagine how awesome the new 911's must be these days, cause they were fantastic in the mid 80's!
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That's awful. You're lucky you didn't kill yourself or some innocent person.
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You need to be on a road course race track and not on the roadways.
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My 84 RX7 GSL

Got it when I was 16 and went through my ricer/basshead phase

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLjLHNKPkJI

Found out the hard way that rotaries are nuthin but rubber bands just waiting to snap

Went through 7 engines before letting it go, but it was by far the best handling little car I've ever owned

Spent lots of time at the drag strip and even more at the road courses
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Back in 1986, I met a guy whose Mom was divorced, but somewhat wealthy, and she owned both a new Lincoln and a new 1986 Porsche 911.

Well, her son had previously wrecked his car, so she wouldnt buy him another, leaving him to save money and buy his own car, an early 80's Ford Pinto. Well, his Mom pretty much never drove the Porsche, and left it parked at her office(she owned some child day care centers). So my new friend got hold of a spare key to the Porsche, and he'd go to her office and drop off his Pinto and pick up the 911.

Well, there were quite a few times that we'd drive it around all day and/or all night. He was a pot smoker then, but I never was a big pot smoker, and he usually wanted to get high, so I'd get him some pot, he'd smoke it, then he'd fall asleep in the passenger seat almost every time, and leave me to drive for hours!

So, I was living out near a rural area of Chester County Pa, with lots of untraveled curvy back roads and rural highways, which were perfect for a 911. So I got to raise hell in it regularly on all kinds of different roads.

One late night, my friend was driving, and we hit 155mph on I-95 going up to Philadelphia, and we were going so fast it was like all the other cars and trucks were standing still. We also did 100mph down main street Newark De at about 4am one night, in a 25mph zone! A cop was actually sitting on a side street and saw us, so he followed us back to my apartment, and when we went to make the turn into the lot, he just looked at us, shook his head, and said that maybe we should slow it down a bit! We also did 150mph with 5 people in the car, including 2 girls we liked, plus my little brother, while going down Rt 273 in rural Cecil county Maryland!

But it was most fun on the twisty back roads, and its manual gears had such a wide range of speeds you could travel on them. We had people try to race us on twisty back roads, but we'd always leave them far, far behind!

I cant even begin to imagine how awesome the new 911's must be these days, cause they were fantastic in the mid 80's!
sounds like you were very lucky you never hurt someone, and im no saint, im also very lucky i never killed someone.I did however lose a couple of mates in the 70s who were racing on public roads.A big loss as they were good people, just in the wrong place at the wrong time.I have matured a lot since them days though.Sure would love a 911???
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I thought threads like this were usually dumped???
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Might be a good idea to leave it up so some of the younger ones can see how not to go stupid.Grave yards are full or them. Like I say if you want to really go fast do it at the tracks,that's what they are for,not our roads and streets.
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Oh, I almost forgot your question. The very best handling car I ever owned was a 1958 VW Beetle and I have owned many cars over the years.
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Might be a good idea to leave it up so some of the younger ones can see how not to go stupid.Grave yards are full or them. Like I say if you want to really go fast do it at the tracks,that's what they are for,not our roads and streets.

I didnt make it clear in the thread, but I had just turned 19 when this happened.

You are, of course, correct that we should have chosen a race track, but again, we were very young, and there aren't any race tracks usable by the general public that I am aware of anywhere near where I live, except for Cecil County dragway, which is where I DID go just about every Friday night to watch or race my car from the age of 17 onward. But a drag strip isnt the same as a twisty race course.....

But I'd bet that I'm not the only person on this 'Hot Rodding' forum who has ever broken the speed limit in a car! Can we really ALL say that when we were younger, and got access to fast cars, that we ALWAYS drove them slowly down the roads? Never did any burnouts? Never raced anyone on the street? It's all illegal and potentially dangerous.....

Every time we did go really fast in that Porsche, it was VERY late at night, when there wasnt anyone, or very few cars on the road. The 100mph trip down main street happened at 4am on Sunday morning, when there wasnt a single car on the entire 1 mile length of the road. The 155mph trip up I-95 happened at about 2am. We only broke 100mph in that car those 3 times as well. Other than that, we drove it down rural back roads, with almost no traffic at fairly reasonable speeds. Plus, a 911 isnt a '70 Chevelle. In other words, it stays VERY, VERY straight and true, with no wobble or vibration at high speeds. So controlling it was simple.

But nonetheless, it WAS the wrong thing to do, and I'm 43 now, and I have not exceeded 83 mph in many years(I was travelling down through Va and NC a few weeks ago on I-85, where the speed limit is 70, but the 'flow of traffic' was going 78-83mph, and there werent many other cars anyway)
I also dont do burnouts or race anyone on the street and have not since about '91.

So, yeah, moral of the story, dont do what I posted 'on the street', but also make sure "ye are pure and innocent" before throwing that first stone at me.
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Old 06-04-2011, 05:26 PM
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wasnt throwing stones, just told it like it is.As i said im no saint.I too have grown up and act a bit better today.What happened to that spoilt kid cyclone??? One of my best mates growing up was spoilt as a kid, didnt help him, turned into a druggy, too much money and too much time on his hands.

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Old 06-04-2011, 06:47 PM
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My '79 T/A. Not the perfect choice for a corner carver. It's only because I was running late one day, traveling some very straight clear road. Hit some train tracks in the middle of the highway and launched the car. Daylight under all four. Now, I wasn't hitting triple digits, or in felony speeding territory.

Anyway, I kept my foot on the gas pedal, and landed it without ruining the car or killing me. I've driven slower on the streets ever since.
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My '79 T/A. Not the perfect choice for a corner carver. It's only because I was running late one day, traveling some very straight clear road. Hit some train tracks in the middle of the highway and launched the car. Daylight under all four. Now, I wasn't hitting triple digits, or in felony speeding territory.

Anyway, I kept my foot on the gas pedal, and landed it without ruining the car or killing me. I've driven slower on the streets ever since.
Ain't it a weird feeling when you turn the steering wheel and nothing moves?


I was on a country road. at this point it was paved and I was going a little fast over a bump. Maybe 45 or 50 at the max. Only time I was ever airborne. Learned my lesson too.



Best handling car was my 94 corvette. I made 75 or 80 miles in a bit over an hour. Not that impressive unless you know those curves. My dad was in the hospital and I was worried about him making it. I think I topped out at 94-96 outside Eureka Springs. Miss that car.
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Even know I've had a couple of Cobra's I'd have to say my Lightnings were the Best Handling. I called it Point and Click and I cant think of a better vehicle for comfort, room, road trips, and quite amazing handling.

My 00 Lightning ran the 1/4 at 9.7 @ 138.76 MPH and you locked out OD (4th gear), so there was A LOT more MPH potential with more room than 1320 ft.
Since we don't promote what I like to call "Death Rides" (hi speed street runs)
lets just say it handles quite well at 150 - 160 on a closed course with a professional driver
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For the best, that's a split between the '96 Z28 and the '95 Impala SS, both with stock suspensions that are shot to ______.

They are closely followed by 2005 Nissan Sentra. With the BFGoodrich KDW Sports, this car fears nor twists and turns. No tires spinning or chirping (too bad the tires don't last too long). And for a Japanese, its got decent low-end grunt, even with an automatic.

I love the steering on the 2010 Honda Civic. Very quick in response.

Another car that was fun to throw in the turns and great on gas was the Toyota Tercel ('92 and '94 in my case). Those cars handled like go-karts.

Lastly, I gotta mention the 2007 Toyota Sienna . Comfy, very responsive, rear wheel drive, and a V6 that has no problem roasting the tires.
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Ain't it a weird feeling when you turn the steering wheel and nothing moves?

To be honest, I was too scared to move the wheel, as it was not even close to being planned. I was flying down the road, and my wife yelled out, "Train tracks!" That was it.

These days I am satisfied (for now) with my Elantra. It has a good suspension setup, and throwing on some V rated tires made it handle even better.
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