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Re: 4KQ for a teen, and teen driver bashing

Brett Dikeman decided to speak these words:

>Having recently(3 years ago) been through the whole learning-to-drive
>routine, I would seriously recommend _against_ giving a Quattro car to a
>new driver.  Further, start the person on an _automatic_.  Why?  It's much,
>much more difficult to learn to drive and learn to operate the car at the
>same time.  Starting on an automatic made things much easier for me; I
>could focus on cars around me, navigating, etc. and less about how to
>shift, do the clutch, etc..._then_, I started driving the stick after I had
>been driving for several months on the automatic.

OK all..first of all, i learned to drive on a stick essentially 
(officially at least) and it took me all of 15 minutes to learn to do.  
It took maybe 3 days to be second nature.  I did it through a driver's 
training course and on the first day, 10 minutes after i hopped in the 
driver's seat, the instructer told me to go through downtown san 
francisco, hills and all...so i have alot of first hand experience with 
this.  Maybe im an exception, i dont know.

Im starting to get tired of all of this teenage driver bashing.  Being a 
teenage driver, i take it rather personally.  Maybe again im an exception 
cause i dont drink, smoke, do any drugs, blah blah, and i dont let my 
friends influence what i do one bit.  the first time i took a real 
driving lesson the guy had one thing to say, "I have nothing to teach 
you."  So since then, ive been teaching myself.  One day i read a brief 
blurb in road and track on how to double clutch and heel and toe, so i 
practiced it one day and mastered it within maybe 3-5 days.  I also 
learned to drive in the coupe gt, so i learned about how to control the 
car when i was able to get the tail out, how to deal with understeer in 
various circumstances and am able to easily find the right lines through 
turns.  Im sorry if this seems like im simply bragging to you guys about 
how i can drive, but my point is simply this:  Not all teen drivers are 
irresponsible, immature, infantile idiots who are easily influenced by 
anyone who says hello to them.  I can take care of myself and have 
trained my reflexes to be correct in almost all circumstances that i have 
faced.  But like i said in the beginning, maybe im an exception.

\rant off

sorry...just had to stand up for us decent teen drivers...


Michael Sheridan Williams
ICQ# 11740998

1985 4000 S Quattro 180,000+ miles, Turbo conversion soon?, Koni 
Yellows/2Bennett, strut brace, Sport 8000 Tires, K&N, MOMO 4pt harnesses, 
Hella XL Driving lights (2x130w), magnacor wires....<out of breath>
1986 Oceanic Blue, 4000CS Quattro--Parting Out(ask if you want anything)
My father's: 1986 4000 CS Quattro--Graphite 161,000 miles