Well Pete, I'm standing here today with the so called Traxtor. He just got his first alfa romeo. Let's here a some more about this experience.
-Is just gotta ask you. How did you get your car?
-I bought it?
-Oh really, cause I'm hearing that the word on the street is your mother?
-What about her?
-That you got the alfa from her?
-Now what the **** are you applying. I bought it from my mother. I didn't get it for free! What do you take me for? A mamas boy?!
-No no, of course not.
-So what kind of Alfa do you drive?
-It's a 1997 Spider, unfortunately it's not the 3l but the 2l. But 150bhp will do it for now.
-Are you looking into tuning the car?
-First off, it's not a car. It's a female beauty. But yes, I am looking at tuning the engine some.
-How are you going to do that?
-I don't know yet. But I will find a way to maximize the power.
-What kind off state is your car in?
-It's cold. About -10 degrees Celsius in the coupe I believe. Besides that it's in good condition. It's been to service every 10.000km from 0 - 100.000km after that it's seen the 115.000km service and a new service at 135.000. Now it's just turned 140.000km old.
-That's quite a long way?
-Yeah. It was driven in Germany the first 9 years and my mother bought it when it was at 125.000km. After that I've driven it 13.000km and shes driven it about 2000km.
-And that was when she decided that if you drive it you buy it?
-Maybe. I mainly bought it because I'm a long way from home this year and I really need a car here. But it's an alfa so I treat it with great care.
-Any plans for the beauty in the near future?
-Hmm.. I don't think I'll do much with her in 2009 as I will be spending the year in Afghanistan. But when I get back I'll do what it takes.
-Bringing the beauty to Afghanistan?
-Haha. No way, can't risk her getting shoot.
-Whats your best driving experience?
-There are so many. But maybe the 1900km drive from my home town to my present location in two days. Beautiful trip, such a pleasant car to drive for long distances but when you put the throttle down it blast away.
-Have a couple there to. But one was on the trip I just mentioned. It was pitch black outside. And this was at the end of the trip. But I decided to use the throttle hard the last couple of hours. And it was going really fast, maybe a bit to fast some places. But I felt that the grip was perfect and the tarmac was sweet. After about 1 hour of hard driving I came behind a trailer. So i thought I should cool off a little and stay behind the trailer. Anyways, here comes the punchline. We were driving in about 100km/h or about 60miles if you'd like. I stay somewhat 200meters behind the trailer as we met another trailer which didn't blend. So I obviously couldn't see jack ****. And just as the trailer blasted past and I got my vision back there was a moose on the side of the road. Imagine this, I'm going at a 100-110km/h and just as I get my vision back I see the moose approximately 20 meter in front of the car and about 1 meter to the right of the car. I managed to get my foot on the brake and steered the car away from the moose and as a reaction to SUDDENLY seeing it I threw myself into the door to avoid getting my head in it's ass. I was fortunate enough to see the moose fly by the passenger window in about 90km/h and I'm glad to this day that I'm alive after that.
I also had another incident last summer. I was showing of my car to my step brother. As I was driving a bike blew by me. So i chased him around the bendy roads. And as we were coming into a steep turn I tried to keep the same speed as the bike. I think the tarmac was sweating some oil because of the heat cause the ass off the car suddenly spun out. Was going about 80km/t. But I knew the car well enough to straighten it up without going into the mountain wall on the right side or the cars going the opposite direction to my left. And I looked at my brother and said, "Great car ey?". didn't get any response though.
-Well, thanks for sharing you time with us Trax!
Back to you Pete!
Edit: Haha! I didn't read the rules of this topic
would be a shame to delete this now as I used about 30 minutes on it
I'll make a new one (following the questions) tomorrow ;p Thanks!