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RE: 500,000 km and counting

.....made me want to reach for that buzzer, but I resisted.....(barely)

It is boxing and not mountaineering that is the third sport.


>  "There are only three true sports: bullfighting, motor racing, and 
> mountaineering; all the rest are merely games."  -  Ernest Hemingway

I'd accept bullfighting and motor racing as sports.  Not mountaineering.
Sheer, unremitting terror lasts only seconds in a motor car.  On a sheer rock 
face, you can sometimes realise that the lives of yourself and your companions 
depend on sustained flawless performance for tens of minutes or even hours.  It 
is a uniquely obsessing feeling.  Especially when you find that you have to 
climb two or more grades above your normal level to extricate your group from 
something unexpected.

In cars, these situations are over before you have time to think about it.  On 
a mountain, controlling your introspection is part of the process.  BTDT.  

 Phil Payne
 UK Audi [ur-]quattro Owners Club