Last week I drove over the mountains and down into the desert for an over-nighter to watch the meteor showers. The sky where I live, by the oceanfront, is usually overcast at night, so if you want to have clear skies for viewing the Geminid meteor showers, you want to head to the desert.
Well, it was a good excuse to take my new car on a fun road trip. Although it was less than 90 minutes, each way, it has some fun long stretches of relatively open country roads, as well as plenty of curves, and up and down grades of serious proportions.
It was a great drive. Epic.
The essence of driving, for me, is the same as the essence of flying. It's all about the ability to instantaneously create, and modulate, full body G-forces, while moving at high speed, and while simultaneously solving a real-time 3-D navigation puzzle under constantly changing conditions.
The best part is the G-forces. The all-over body feeling of heaviness, the pressure of being thrown back into your seat, to one side or the other. This, and the constant steering, flexes the arms and shoulders, and that just plain feels good.
Audi notes: I want more horsepower (of course). Best: the grip of all four wheels being powered, and working together. The software that applies the power is very strong. "Dynamic Mode" is the best for these roads. And it's more fun too. 18mpg.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
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Friday, December 17, 2010
It was a real pleasure to work with PURE Motor Sport in San Diego to get the new grille installed. For several reasons:
1. the price was good, not just for the grille, but install as well.
2. the grille arrived much faster than anticipated.
3. the install was quick and easy.
4. follow up work on a loose wire was done fast, and no charge.
What impressed me most of all was the install. I was quoted 85 bucks for the job, but when Michael (the owner) started in on the work, I noticed that there is a wide bright aluminum bar directly behind the grille which would be visible and distracting from the overall finished look. I asked if he could spray paint some black on it, and maybe also on the aluminum radiator. He looked around and found some paint, masked off the entire area, and lay on several coats to do the job right.
When it came time to pay the bill, all he wanted was the original 85 bucks, and never mentioned a word about the extra labor and paint. Now that's a classy move!
Thanks, Michael, I'll be back for more work...