My December...

Discussion in 'Ferrari Discussion (not model specific)' started by 134282, Dec 21, 2003.

  1. 134282

    134282 Four Time F1 World Champ

    Aug 3, 2002
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    Carbon McCoy
    The air was cold; thin... sharp. It bit at my cheeks, my nose, my ears. With each inhale i could feel it cut into my chest. Yeah.

    i was out in the garage with Bruce. He parked the Testarossa in the driveway while we took a detailed look at his brand new lift. Red. With Scuderia badges on the two pillars closest to the garage door. Yeah.

    Heavy breathing exhaled white breath from the Tubis. The wide rear of this yellow work of art snatched my attention, gripping it tight. Snowflakes were slowly making their way downward. It was very surreal.

    Bruce looks at the yellow beast, motionless in the driveway.
    "Hey, man, why don't you take the car out for a spin..."
    "Seriously...?!?" i was aglow. Nothing stirs me like driving a Ferrari.
    "Yeeeeeeah, take it out, slap it around, pop wheelies, i don't care, do whatever you want..."
    "Awesome...!" i could barely speak. i was too excited. Yeah!
    i'm not too fond of this weather but an engine certainly enjoys big gulps of cold air...!

    Worn, cold-beaten leather Ferrari driving gloves wrapped around my hands. i opened the door, turned away, bent at the waist and sank into the driver's seat. i turned my legs into the car and was ready to go. After easing down the driveway, going out into the street on a slant, i brought the shifter down from reverse into first and, just like that, i was gone.

    i took my time through town. i had a DEStination but no rush to get there. There's a twisty, one-lane-each-way scenic route out here that just begs to have something stretched on it. And stretch i did. i continued through town, making my way to the "run" way, listening to the symphony behind me as i drove. The engine makes so many different noises. The loud, bassy rumble, the higher-pitched wail that comes from acceleration and the faint whistling from the exhaust when you down shift. It truly is music.

    Just after turning onto the road that preluDES the scenic dash, i crept along, steering away from construction-filled pot holes and the like. The speed limit is 25. Right as you come up to the beginning of the new route, it turns to 50. With no one behind me, i let the car slow down even more. Crawling along in second gear, i saw the 50MPH speed limit sign only a few yards ahead. i shifted down into 1st, wanting to start my acceleration from the very first gear this awesome machine has to offer.

    Down into first with a dip into the throttle to ease out the revs, i released the clutch and firmly leaned into the pedal on the right. Everything on either side of me quickly blurred then vanished as i pushed the pedal down, further, accelerating my acceleration. The engine's pitch told me i was nearing redline and a quick glance at the tach confirmed.
    The tach needle fell quickly until i was, once again, off the clutch. Back on the gas, it quickly rose. My eyes darted over to the speedometer and watched as that needle made headway to the right, as well.

    The tach needle was closing in fast on 7 grand and i was ready to shift again. Geez... i was barely touching the gas. i brought the shifter down to 3rd and held. It was only a handful of seconds ago that i was in 1st and now here am, at twice the speed limit. Better tone it down.

    i brought it down to 60 as i watched oncoming traffic in the distance drive past me, dwarfing itself in my rearview mirror. i was between 4 and 5 thousand RPMs and the exhaust note was making love to my ears. Some more pressure on the loud pedal quickly brought me back up to triple digits where i held for some turns, then continued to push the speedometer needle to the right.

    Back and forth, up and down with speeds, i stretched out 3rd and 4th gear quite a bit.
    'Hey,' i thought,'i can't leave out fifth...'
    So i didn't.

    Onward i pressed, ripping through the country side. Pushing, going, faster, harder, more, MORE, MORE!
    If the speedometer were a clock, it was definitely afternoon and getting later and later by the second.
    The engine's orchestra played loudly as the feeling of propelling through the land invigorated me. i was alive.

    Reluctantly, i pulled away from the gas, eventually slowing down to make a u-turn so i could go back and do it again.
    And that's exactly what i did.

    i was nothing more than a blur; a yellow zipper, streaming through the middle of nature's jacket, opening her up. With every climb through each gear, with each shift, i bee-lined, full force, back to where i came from. Everything in the distance so quickly became everything i was so quickly distancing myself from. 5th gear was put to good use. :)

    Once back in town, i fell in with the speed limit, making my way back to Bruce's house. The car growled and snarled at the road though, griping, begging, demanding to go back. To return, to once again, run free. To go back to the wild; its habitat, its home. In due time, i thought; in due time.

    Thanks, Bruce. :)
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  3. tonyh

    tonyh F1 World Champ
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    Dec 23, 2002
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    Tony H
    Nice ,DES. Got that writing job penciled in for New Year?
  4. wax

    wax Four Time F1 World Champ
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    Jul 20, 2003
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    Dirty Harry
    (I'm sure) this is better than Playboy Letters.
  5. jordan747_400

    jordan747_400 F1 Veteran
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    Dec 9, 2002
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    Beautiful DES!
  6. 134282

    134282 Four Time F1 World Champ

    Aug 3, 2002
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    Carbon McCoy
    Thanks, Jordan... :)

    Nothing yet, Tony... Soon, i hope; i'll start shopping myself around to whatever magazine i can... i'm going to need help with a portfolio... Just waiting for some legal stuff to finalize...

    Wax, i have a few pieces on my hard drive at home that i could consider submitting to Playboy (or maybe a more graphic publication:))... Maybe i'll do that...
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  8. kdross

    kdross Formula Junior
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    Feb 10, 2002
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    I sure hope that you let the oil reach 180 before you went above 3,000 rpm. In a TR, this takes a good 20 minutes of driving.

    Bruce let me drive his TR once. I hated driving the car. It makes my 308QV feel like a toy moving though molasses.

    As others have said, quit your current job and start working for an automotive magazine. With all of your friends on Fchat, and the cars you have access to, the magazines should find you to be in demand. You may never be rich as an automotive writer, but you will make a decent living and will be driving every car made.

  9. Dave Radu

    Dave Radu Karting

    Nov 20, 2003
    San Jose, Ca
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    Dave Radu
    Talk about beauty in words. I really enjoyed that. Thanks DES.
  10. 134282

    134282 Four Time F1 World Champ

    Aug 3, 2002
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    Carbon McCoy
    Thanks, Dave... :)

    Ken, the car was running for 10 minutes at the very least, in the driveway, before i even got in it... Plus the trip through town to get to the route i wanted... The oil was good; i always keep in mind that these cars need to be properly warmed up before they're really driven...

    As soon as i take care of a few things, i'm going to start working on a portfolio that i can use in lieu of a resume, and start shopping myself around to different publications; i can't imagine that any one will find me "in demand", however... LOL, it's nice thought to think, though... :)

    Money isn't everything and being rich has it's ups and downs, equal to poverty (in a manner of speaking)... Writing for an automotive publication, driving different cars, etc. would be living a dream for me... Hopefully, we'll see what happens when i get a portfolio together... :)
  11. Jordan Ross

    Jordan Ross Formula Junior

    Nov 4, 2003
    It felt like I was there along for the ride...

    ...*sniff* it was beautiful.

    Better than anything I have read recently in Car and Driver, thats for sure.
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  13. 134282

    134282 Four Time F1 World Champ

    Aug 3, 2002
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    Carbon McCoy
    Wow, Jordan, really...? Awesome, thanks, that's quite a compliment...! :)
  14. Eric308gtsiqv

    Eric308gtsiqv Formula 3

    Nov 26, 2001
    Orange Park, Florida
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    Eric Eiland
    That was an excellent write-up of your experience, DES -- you made us feel as if we were the ones behind the wheel!! Kudos to Bruce for giving you that opportunity -- what a great guy!
  15. 134282

    134282 Four Time F1 World Champ

    Aug 3, 2002
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    Carbon McCoy
    Thanks, Eric... Yeah, Bruce is awesome...

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