<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:<hr /><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by GGG:
<strong>Sorry to dissapoint you Mel, but I disagree!
While it is fun to time acceleration runs, it is pointless to compare times with other people's times and more so, when you compare them with magazines' times. No, serious journalists doing serious roadtests DO NOT use car speedos. Neither do they use hand held stopwatches. Instead, they use accurately calibrated equipment costing THOUSANDS of Euros. The system of using a hand held stopwatch and the car's speedo is so crude and full of variables that it is practically useless especially when you are comparing fractions of a second!
The primary function of a car speedometer is to prevent you from exceeding the speed limit. That's why they are compulsory and that's why they almost always show a faster speed then the real speed. Manufacturers prefer if their speedos over read than under read. They are safer that way!</strong><hr /></blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">GGG,
I fully agree with you, but what I tried to explain is that we are NOT professionals, well at least I am not, but amateur drivers who happen to love their Alfa professionally
So for time comparisons between each other I think the speedo and the good ol' stopwatch is more than enough. However, if we were to organize a day on the circuit with professional equipment I would love to participate with my Bella to get a professional comparison with other AO-members