There are a few of us here on Railpage that have competed in motor sport over the years and know what we are talking about. And while I do not always agree with Sir Thomas
, the gentlman is very correct. While this is OT I am sure the others watching will give me a little grace while I try and save your life.
While we all know that things can and do go wrong on the race track, it is still the most logical place to go hard.
You say that you like to hop in a new car and floor it. Sorry mate but with that attitude some poor bugger will have to pick up what is left of you one day.
I have held an international racing licence and have competed in many different classes including cars that have more horse power than you can even dream of. I did not jump in any of them from new and 'floor it'. That would be totally stupid. How do you know what a new vehicle will do?
How about having close on one thousand neddies under the sheet metal and then find the back of the car lifting off the ground at 190kph. A very slow speed considering the vehicle was supposed to be good for 390kph.
If I had of 'floored it' , there might have been a red smear on the tarmac. Me.
We had been slowly building up the speed of the car. Lucky, huh?
Do your fast driving on the race track. There are plenty of club days right around Australia with everyone going in the same direction in a controlled enviroment.
What if some poor bastard or an animal like a cow, horse or even a child on a push bike, comes out of a side road on your 'secluded' road. How would you feel in that split second before you plough into them?
Any way, I hope you think long and hard about what you are doing in the future.
And for the record, you do not have to going fast to die. My brother was killed in an accident where neither vehicle was estimated, by the police, to be doing over 15kph and all safety equipment was in place and working as it should.
Does your family want that knock on the door?
Now, what cars have I owned,
First car was a Mazda Capella that was set up for rally work. Talk about a tough old girl. (take note of this bit toshi) During a rally on supposed closed roads, an elderly local decided to go into town for a feed, completely forgetting that the road in front of his place was closed for a couple of hours. Because it was a normally secluded road, he drove out without looking and I had to go into a ditch to avoid hitting him at about 145kph. The steering was wrecked but we did finish the section.
Next was a Toyota Corolla Panel Van. Sleep two in the back or not 'sleeping'. The choice was hers.
Then a Holden Gemini TC. That car did some of the Series Gemini events at Lakeside. Four gear boxes and three engines later, I moved into a Holden LD Astra.( Nissan Pulsar) This was later fitted with a Nissan CA18 turbo charged engine and was a quick car in Hillclimb events. And NO, on the highway it did not use a lot of fuel. In fact, it got better milage that the original 1.8 litre engine. Better bang for the buck.
Now I have a TS sri 2.0 lt Turbo Holden Astra. And it a very nice car to drive. Heated leather seats. power windows ( I amuse myself with window races when in traffic jams), all the nice things and almost a 1000 k's on a fifty two litre tank.
All my speeding is on a race track and after a meeting, I sometimes find myself driving home along the highway at 90 - 95 kph. There is nothing to prove.
Regards and respect