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Old 08-09-2011, 12:54 PM   #181 (permalink)
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Spots cars? what's a sports car? One that handles well, fun to drive and you love right? My 92 Suzuki Swift GT fits that description exactly. monthly I drive from Kansas City, Missouri to my dad's house 50 miles north of Little Rock, Arkansas 341-3 miles depending on tire condition. The roads are pretty tame mostly, but parts have some real curves, marked as low as 25, I normally add 15-20 mph to the sign and pretend I am on a road race course and just nail it. Poor little $300.00 car just flies and gets 37 mpg when I have to roll down the windows as the air doesn't work, 41 with the windows up. Made the mistake of letting my 85 ear old dad drive it and he had so much fun I had to threaten some of the wrestling holds he watches on TV to get my keys back. It's a sports car I think. You guys are forgetting the Ford road racing car of 1963, yes before the mustang. Ford wanted to compete in the rally racing and built falcons with the 260ci v8 and better wheels and beefed suspension and competed in rally's that year. I wanted a 63 1/2 sprint so bad. In 1966 dad and I looked all over Kansas City for one, had to settle for a demo 1966 Falcon sedan with a 289, but it was't quite the same. BTW I really did buy the car for 300 but have 1300 in fixing it up.

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Old 08-09-2011, 01:02 PM   #182 (permalink)
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Old 08-09-2011, 04:11 PM   #183 (permalink)
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Spots cars? what's a sports car? One that handles well, fun to drive and you love right? My 92 Suzuki Swift GT fits that description exactly...
Agreed - I have more fun flinging a low powered, good handling, small light car around than most high powered performance machines.

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You guys are forgetting the Ford road racing car of 1963, yes before the mustang. Ford wanted to compete in the rally racing and built falcons with the 260ci v8 and better wheels and beefed suspension and competed in rally's that year. I wanted a 63 1/2 sprint so bad. In 1966 dad and I looked all over Kansas City for one, had to settle for a demo 1966 Falcon sedan with a 289, but it was't quite the same. BTW I really did buy the car for 300 but have 1300 in fixing it up.
I remember them, or rather I have read about them - Ford Falcon Futura Sprint ? They came over to the Monte Carlo Rally in 1964, but they met their nemesis, designed by my Avatar <--- - EDIT 1071cc...



They did well in saloon car racing over here though, beating Jaguar Mk2s etc. until Ford introduced the Lotus Cortina and Escort.

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Spots cars? what's a sports car? One that handles well, fun to drive and you love right?
Heretic. Number of seats, number of doors, engine placement, transmission and drivetrain define whether something's a sports car or not. Handling? Fun? Love? Hmmph!

For real fun you need small, light and underpowered. Taking something powerful to 10/10ths on roads is irresponsible and dangerous. Taking my 96 Suzuki Esteem to 10/10ths usually didn't get noticed by anyone except me.
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You best not get me upset enough to drive my little 100 hp suzuki 10/10. I can't afford the tickets. I took my 10 ft baby bass boat to dad's in July and a guy kept driving 45 where I couldn't pass him. So I cranked up where I knew a passing lane was coming up and passed him going 75. I had a hard time keeping him at bay to the top of the hill but I made up my mind to get past him. And I averaged 35.4 mpg for that round trip pulling a boat 350 miles and empty the other 350.
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That's the one thing I don't miss- having to use a calendar to plan a pass. Still, it sure taught me how to look far ahead on the road and read traffic.
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I'm at the stage of planning not to bother passing
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Old 08-12-2011, 11:19 PM   #188 (permalink)
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Okay, you got me.

One of the most fun things about my car has always been that I generally don't need to downshift to pass. Now one of the most fun parts is that many of my passes don't even require my engine to even be on.

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