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pjrose at frontiernet.net
Mon Jan 24 10:29:00 EST 2005
At 10:11 PM -0500 1/23/05, Taka Mizutani wrote:
>I didn't say it wasn't fun to drive, nor did I say you cannot track
>it. Just that there are much better platforms to use for track cars.
Gosh, you said *all that*, did you? The problem is that all we saw
is...well, what you *actually* did say. So you (and Bernie) might
need to re-read your original words:
"... IMHO, a type 44 is a lousy track car. Benign, but lousy."
That is a pretty unqualified condemnation. No modifying context
available in that post to "soften" your intent, other than your
admission, "... I had not really tracked the car that hard."
>I'm sorry that you feel otherwise-
Gosh--no reason to feel sorry for me-- I have loads of fun and
continue to be challenged to get the best out of my car at the
track--no matter what your opinion of "the platform" might be. My
reason for questioning your opinion had less to do with you or with
me, and more about the unjustifiably negative influence you comment
could have on new owners who look forward to enjoying their cars at
Now, if one intends to *race* against the likes of a Porsche Carrera,
or a Corvette , or even a 2004 S4 (and any number of other cars that
are either lighter, better balanced or quicker than the "type 44"),
then the hefty, understeering '91 200q would indeed be a "lousy"
choice. But I think the racing mentality (which is easy to fall into,
considering the race-course surroundings) runs contrary to the
essence (or goal) of the track-event, which is based upon becoming a
better driver, fun and safety. This means acquiring the skills to
safely drive your car--whatever it is-- better and more smoothly
each time. Bringing it closer and closer to its limits, and of
course, doing that at speeds well in excess of what would be
reasonable to do on public roads (that's the "fun" part). With that
perspective, there's hardly such thing as a "lousy track car".
Exceptions might be vehicles with utterly unpredictable handling or
characteristics that make them difficult (or unsafe) even at legal
highway speeds-- a Ford Explorer is a "lousy track car". Ditto for
some others we might think of....
So, you do admit that "...it was fun to drive..." What made it so
unqualifiedly "lousy"? Not nearly enough bass response? Bad window
tinting? Orange tail lights?
I'll put in my own harsh opinion about the type 44 at the track: the
comfort seats are "lousy".
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