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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Boys And Their Toys




Do you know why I don't buy a Miata or consider purchasing a Mini here in the United States?

Because it's DAMN dangerous, is why.

America is the land of the SUV, and though there are many compact cars doing great business for the car salesmen, this outsized land which has wheatfields the size of Romania, is just too enamored with massive, huge, enormous cars and lorries, to make owning anything smaller than a Ford Fiesta, safe.

So tell me, just tell me, how this guy thinks he's safe on the road, about to get on the Florida Turnpike, hmmmm?

Sheesh.

If a single solitary untethered item from behind a flatbed goes flying on the highway, something which frankly happens a lot which is why I always hate driving behind trucks, this guy is TOAST.

Yeah, Mr. Cool with your wraparounds-were-chic-in-the-90s little glasses, and your skeleton racing car, changing your radio station from tacky Y-100 to Kanye West-approved 99.1FM, going vroom-vroom at the light (ay, por favor).

You're smiling now, but just you wait! One false move and it's Kablamo! for you.

(Touch wood, here's hoping not, but come on, give me a frikkin' break here)

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8 Comments:

  • TBH, even if he had a windshield, certain items falling off a pick-up would probably still do damage. Not to frighten you, but windshields aren't all that stable...

    Btw: You can go faster than a SUV in a Miata, you know - at least in a REAL Miata ;)

    By Blogger madcynic, at Tue Apr 03, 02:28:00 am GMT-4  

  • Looks like he has got a windscreen, actually. He'd be OK'ish if he rolled it, having a full roll cage and four point harness.

    I'm getting a brand new Miata!!11!!one!11!!11
    Well, an MX-5, as they're called over here. The new model, in black.
    My venerable MKII Golf GTi is on it's last legs, which is a shame as I absolutely love driving it.

    By Blogger Kullrad, at Tue Apr 03, 04:46:00 am GMT-4  

  • Actually, that is probably a race car for modified racing, sans it's outer clothing of very thin sheet (maybe 1-2mm thick) Al (no I'm not going to try and spell it out since there's that whole do Americans or Brits get it correct thing).

    As such it's actually DESIGNED to hold up well in an accident. The driver probably has a 4 or 5 point harness (seatbelt) on.

    AND as pointed out by kullrad there appears to be a windshield. Again those little items aren't all they're cracked up to be (yes pun was intended), a woman up in RI nearly died on Sunday when a wild turkey committed suicide by throwing himself through her windshield, on I-95.

    By Blogger conv442, at Tue Apr 03, 07:57:00 am GMT-4  

  • TBH, even if he had a windshield, certain items falling off a pick-up would probably still do damage. Not to frighten you, but windshields aren't all that stable...

    Apparently, the German windshields are stronger than others no?, so that's good for me. ;)

    Btw: You can go faster than a SUV in a Miata, you know - at least in a REAL Miata ;)

    Yes, that's true. For whatever reason, a lot of "Europeans" (I hate that word) here in America lovvvvvvve the Miata.

    I just don't get it. It's nice, but it's so small!

    I suppose I already have that American way-of-thinking -- if a car looks like it can fit into the boot of an '72 Impala, it's just not the car for me.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Apr 03, 02:23:00 pm GMT-4  

  • Looks like he has got a windscreen, actually. He'd be OK'ish if he rolled it, having a full roll cage and four point harness.

    Good eye! I hadn't noticed that, and I was right next to him at the light. ;)

    I'm getting a brand new Miata!!11!!one!11!!11

    Mama mia! Someone's been saving their beans. ;)

    Well, an MX-5, as they're called over here. The new model, in black.

    Ooh, sleek! Well, don't take my dislike of Miatas in America to heart -- they make SENSE in the UK, being narrow, and yet having good motorways to drive around in.

    My venerable MKII Golf GTi is on it's last legs, which is a shame as I absolutely love driving it.

    LOL, I never liked the Golf either.

    Heard they were pretty reliable though, like the Mini.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Apr 03, 02:26:00 pm GMT-4  

  • Actually, that is probably a race car for modified racing, sans it's outer clothing of very thin sheet (maybe 1-2mm thick) Al (no I'm not going to try and spell it out since there's that whole do Americans or Brits get it correct thing).

    Heh.

    Actually, you are right. It seemed like a racing car -- it certainly had a VERY powerful engine, as he kept gunning it, as I mentioned.

    As such it's actually DESIGNED to hold up well in an accident. The driver probably has a 4 or 5 point harness (seatbelt) on.

    Incredible.

    IIRC, I only saw such a contraption for racing in that Steve Martin-Dianne Wiest movie, Parenthood.

    AND as pointed out by kullrad there appears to be a windshield. Again those little items aren't all they're cracked up to be (yes pun was intended), a woman up in RI nearly died on Sunday when a wild turkey committed suicide by throwing himself through her windshield, on I-95.

    My God, poor thing.

    I know Rhode Island is boring, but you know things are bad when even the fowl are offing themselves.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Apr 03, 02:34:00 pm GMT-4  

  • Ahhh, a Roll-Bar Car! What fun!

    Not!

    By Blogger benning, at Wed Apr 04, 10:33:00 am GMT-4  

  • I know Rhode Island is boring, but you know things are bad when even the fowl are offing themselves.


    Well since they kicked the Mafia out of public office there, it just hasn't been the same....

    By Blogger conv442, at Wed Apr 04, 11:51:00 pm GMT-4  

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