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Old 04-12-2012, 03:46 AM   #1
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"Son, this ain't my first rodeo..."

Preface: I've been fortunate to never see competitor models (Challengers, Mustangs, etc.) attempt to goad me into some form of rolling Thunderdome match-ups.

Until yesterday.

I'm in the left lane of a three-laned expressway, with the intention of entering the left turn lane about a mile up ahead. Cars don't usually creep up alongside at the same speed as you and stay there. Somebody sure did yesterday.

Mr. Gray Challenger, with some young buck with a backwards-facing ballcap who loved to slouch down low in his left seat, thought I'd be game for his antics just because I drive a Camaro.

You know, because folks only buy Camaros so they can beat their chests like gorillas with other folks who drive Challengers and Mustangs. (That's sarcasm in case it's not obvious.)

So, I looked over (mind you, I'm using the hands free calling feature to coordinate what small items I need to grab on the way home with Mrs. USAR2LT), gave Mr. "Mumsie-and-Daddy-Dearest-cosigned-for-me-because-I-can't-get-credit" a look, and tapped my accelerator.

Oh, the look on his face! Off he went, still around the speed limit, but well on his way to blasting past a safe operating speed for the conditions (it was raining). Dingbat probably didn't know what to think as I made a nice brake + left turn signal. He sailed on past, running a red light in the process. He got a nice horn blast from the people starting to advance.

Good situational awareness, stupid.

Lucky for me, as I made that left turn, I saw another Gen5 Camaro perpendicular to me in his own left-turn lane. We did a "howdy" wave, and I could see the other Camaro driver laughing.

So ends my first - and thus far - only experience with some testosterone-fueled kid who seemed to have a lot to prove and nearly lost it all to someone (me) who really could have cared less. Tragic.
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Old 04-12-2012, 05:24 AM   #2
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Freakin Challenger drivers!!!!
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Old 04-12-2012, 07:00 AM   #3
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I got to quit driving like a douche....seriously :(
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Old 04-12-2012, 07:40 AM   #4
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I got to quit driving like a douche....seriously :(
Made me spit out my breakfast. Funny.
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Old 04-12-2012, 07:47 AM   #5
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a-hole drivers...but you probably shouldn't have provoked the toddler.
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Old 04-12-2012, 07:49 AM   #6
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a-hole drivers...but you probably shouldn't have provoked the toddler.
Exactly. Makes the situation more dangerous and both parties less than innocent.
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Old 04-12-2012, 07:51 AM   #7
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Just glad the kid you baited didn't hit anyone while speeding through a red light in the rain.
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Old 04-12-2012, 08:16 AM   #8
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If you could care less then you wouldn't have been egging him on by burping the throttle.

I don't even give those type of people the time of day.
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Old 04-12-2012, 08:31 AM   #9
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Wouldn't in most cases the left turn light be red as well as the straight lane?
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Old 04-12-2012, 08:52 AM   #10
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nope for example in arizona the left turn light comes after the straight lane signal, in florida it is just the opposite and i am sure other states cant decide on that either
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Wouldn't in most cases the left turn light be red as well as the straight lane?
No, I've seen many times when left lane gets to turn while straight is held up.
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I do need to take it easy seriously, I don't start them, but will easily bite if somebody try's me. I need to knock that crap off for sure, but if I drove a mustang/camaro with this much power, I would still be this way....it's not a dodge thing, it's a vulgar display of power thing, and it's not on par with my age...just my testosterone and stupidity.
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vulgar display of power

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that kind of music while cruising doesn't make for a calm demeanor either when the choice to stay sane or stupid comes up
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I do need to take it easy seriously, I don't start them, but will easily bite if somebody try's me. I need to knock that crap off for sure, but if I drove a mustang/camaro with this much power, I would still be this way....it's not a dodge thing, it's a vulgar display of power thing, and it's not on par with my age...just my testosterone and stupidity.
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Old 04-12-2012, 11:24 AM   #16
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I do need to take it easy seriously, I don't start them, but will easily bite if somebody try's me. I need to knock that crap off for sure, but if I drove a mustang/camaro with this much power, I would still be this way....it's not a dodge thing, it's a vulgar display of power thing, and it's not on par with my age...just my testosterone and stupidity.
i hear ya on that one
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I have to make up for short comings with my loud obnoxious gayly colored car and show it off too!
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I hope I know how to behave with my new car. I've never raced in my GT, but I love a good hard 1-2 shift around a corner, or a sprint to 55/60.

I laughed at the beating your chest at the car show comment.
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I hope I know how to behave with my new car. I've never raced in my GT, but I love a good hard 1-2 shift around a corner, or a sprint to 55/60.

I laughed at the beating your chest at the car show comment.
Thanks lol. And my old 07 GT was a blast to power shift from 1st to 2nd. It would leave a nice, foot long black mark on the pavement when you did it right lol.
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Obviously street racing is a no no, but do other towns have areas the police turn a blind eye to for a little bit of harmless fun and grudge matches? We have a perfect painted strip in an industrial part of town that the police tolerate. Or at least they did in my younger years.
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Not anywhere near me. It's a shame because I'm sure an abandoned road with legal papers, an emt, and an entrance fee would bring in cash for municipalities.

Rumor has it that Fort Wayne got their auto park, that's gonna be an awesome weekend hangout.
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I do need to take it easy seriously, I don't start them, but will easily bite if somebody try's me. I need to knock that crap off for sure, but if I drove a mustang/camaro with this much power, I would still be this way....it's not a dodge thing, it's a vulgar display of power thing, and it's not on par with my age...just my testosterone and stupidity.
I'm with you... I've gotten a lot better now that I'm almost 40 with two kids... I now realize that not everyone on the road wants to see a burnout and hear my exhaust at redline.... go figure... LOL

But I still find myself.. hand on the shifter, foot over the clutch... just in case he wants to ... uhm ... well you know... see how fast we can get to the speed limit...

No street racing...

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Obviously street racing is a no no, but do other towns have areas the police turn a blind eye to for a little bit of harmless fun and grudge matches? We have a perfect painted strip in an industrial part of town that the police tolerate. Or at least they did in my younger years.
OH man it was awesome. There is an abandoned airstrip that we can go to. But the property owners found out after it got to be too popular and started calling the cops...

There are some industrial areas around here but you better get in and out quick from what I've been told... Since the airfield... I've been on my best behavior.... Even when baited, I usually just wave and let them go by... almost always....

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Obviously street racing is a no no, but do other towns have areas the police turn a blind eye to for a little bit of harmless fun and grudge matches? We have a perfect painted strip in an industrial part of town that the police tolerate. Or at least they did in my younger years.
We have a back road around here that has a solid white line across it at exactly 1/4 mile. Oddly enough, it's highway style paint, like the DMV uses for intersections. Almost like the DMV put it there lol
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cool story, grandpa.

I hate street-toughs/tools too, but let's be a little real here. It happens.

You bought a "muscle car". Welcome to life.
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