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Re: Oink Oink! Woof Woof!
150+ wow! how did you do that? I am only 17 and herring that makes me look
forward to my life of owning a many number of great cars.....
----- Original Message -----
From: Mike Arman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Thursday, December 16, 1999 2:36 PM
Subject: Oink Oink! Woof Woof!
| I've noticed (between the intercooler-at-home thread and the
| crash-into-baby-buggy thread) a certain ground swell of infighting about
| the relative merits of the 4K and 5K models, with the 4K guys calling 5Ks
| "pigs" and "dogs".
| Guess what - the cars are DIFFERENT - this kind of infighting is
| non-productive, and convinces no one of anything.
| It is a case of using the right tool for the job - no single car can do
| EVERYTHING well. If you're autocrossing, you want a 4K, if you're highway
| cruising, you want a 5K, and if you have nine kids, three dogs, a boat and
| camper, you want a V-8 SUV. Saying the 4K is a hunk of junk because it
| can't seat nine and pull a trailer is absurd - as is the same statement
| about the SUV because the lap time at Lime Rock was four minutes instead
| 58 seconds - the cars are DIFFERENT and have different purposes.
| Since I was 18 (I'm now 53), I've owned over 150 cars - a small sample
| includes: XKE, XK120, XK140, Lotus Elan, 356 Porsche, MGA, Sprite,
| El Camino, Econoline, Fiat 500 (!), 280SL, 300SEL 4.5, 57 Chevvy 2 dr V-8,
| Wabbit, Bug convertible, VW van, Dodge van, Ovlov 444, coupla Studebakers,
| Saab Sonnet, other Saabs, and dozens of other cars like 2 and 4 door
| Amurric'n sedans and so forth.
| The fact that I couldn't park the Dodge van in a space only big enough for
| the Fiat 500 hardly makes the Dodge a "pig", and the fact that the Fiat
| wouldn't haul two BMW motorcycles, two people, and all their stuff at 70
| MPH on the interstate doesn't make IT a dog.
| Use the right tool for the job and you'll be happy. 4Ks are better for
| autocrossing, 5Ks are happier on the highways.
| A few weeks ago, I drove a 1996 Chevvy Suburban - loaded, and I mean
| loaded, leather seats, dual air, monster tires and mag wheels, the works,
| and I went for a 600 mile interstate cruise. Set the cruise control, set
| the autopilot, set the alarm clock, and it wakes you when you get there -
| just walk past the tennis courts next to the jacuzzi, to the bedroom and
| to sleep! Two things: Don't try to go around any turns, and you have to
| mind 14 MPG - all in all, a pretty impressive vehicle for something based
| on a pickup truck!
| But it doesn't ring my bell - (didn't expect it to), and I'm keeping my
| pair of 5Ks, because they are the right tools for the jobs I have.
| Best Regards,
| Mike Arman