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03/30/2008

Okay, help me out here people.  What is with the slow-asses that drive in the far left (passing) lane on the interstate?  Do they not see me coming up on their ass?  Or are they just flat out ignorant??  The rules are pretty simple really, if you are not passing another vehicle, get the f**k over. 

Now I don't hate all slow drivers.  I can respect the slow drivers that are in their proper place, the far right lane.  It's the a-holes that ride side by side doing 60 in a 65 while traffic piles up behind them that drive my blood pressure up to the 190 over 110 range.  Seriously, why can't they be ticketed for reckless driving?  "What, reckless driving??" you say.  "How's that?".  Let me explain.  The most dangerous manuever a car can make on the interstate is to change lanes.  You've got 4000 lb hunks of metal cruising at 70mph just feet from each other.  As long as everyone keeps that cushion, all is well.  Now say you've got the 80 year old I-have-no-idea-why-I'm-still-driving man doing 60 in the fast lane. Everyone and their brother begins to stack up behind him.  Soon enough, one by one, each car starts trying to get around Mr. Oblivious.  The more cars that whip out from behind him the more dangerous the situation becomes.  You've been there.  You're cruising along in the middle lane, steadily passing all the poor saps stuck behind the slow a-hole in the fast lane when, surprise, someone whips out to go around him.  Next thing you know, you're wearing your coffee on your new Izod polo.  This is where road rage comes from.  Yet somehow, the idiot that causes all this rage gets off scott free.  Why are there no laws against causing traffic and bottlenecks that lead to accidents? 

 Ok, enough ranting for now.  Just sick of dealing with this crap everyday on my way to and from work.  If you've got a story on a related to this topic, reply in the comments.  I've heard rumors that in Oklahoma they are actually going to start handing out tickets to drivers who drive under the speed limit.  If this is true, then Oklahoma is officially the smartest state in the union.

Drive safe people, not ignorant.

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I actually bought it summer of 07, but am trying to catch up on the RT blog here and give a quick review.

Ok, let's get something out of the way right way now.  I am no noob to fast, powerful cars.  I've owned two camaros, a mustang and a 600cc sport bike and I've driven the viper venom 500 (my pop's) plenty of times.  That said, when I first took this Mazda for a test drive I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of power this little 4 cylinder was generating.  With the turbo, I expected it to be quick, but the torque was what caught me off gaurd.  This MazdaSpeed6 has gobs of it. 

The 274 hp engine paired with the 6 speed manual transmission will get you anywhere you want to go, fast.  First gear wraps out too quickly for my taste, but second and third have a ton of pull and fourth and fifth are just a pleasure. Even in 6th gear, there is still plenty of oomph when you press the accelerator and flick around the slow traffic around you on the interstate.  The performance specs say the MazdaSpeed6 has a top end of about 152 mph.  I can believe it.  The highest I've had it is 100 mph (which feels like 65 - easy to speed in this thing) and it had a lot of power left.

The only complaint I have is the clutch is EXTREMELY touchy.  My passengers tend to complain alot about the way they are getting jerked around.  Believe me when I say it is not my driving.

 Overall, I really like this AWD, concrete eating sophisticate.  Perfect for those of us who have kids and can no longer buy the two door sport cars but still want that sporty feel.

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Well, it has finally happened.  A Dodge Viper has been purchased by my dad via eBay.  He found a 2000 Viper Venom 500, RT, red with 3000 miles on it.  I can now personally vouch that the Viper is insanely fast, can take corners at ridiculous speeds and has more torque than any car has a right too.  Not to mention the attention this thing gets when rolling through town.  

He traded in his 96 Mustang Cobra, which was fast and beautiful in it's own right, down at Bob Allen Ford in Overland Park, Kansas.   As the two of us were driving the three hour trip down there, he had expressed some second thoughts about going through with the trade since he had owned the Cobra since new and it was a collectible with the mystic paint job.   I told him he would forget the Cobra ever existed once he saw the Viper in person and heard it fire up.  I was right.   When we first laid eyes on it, it was absolutely breathtaking.  Sure they look good on pictures and video, but nothing prepares you for the actual moment you see your first Viper.  And nothing (and I mean nothing) prepares you for your first drive in a Viper.  I've owned two Camaros, a Mustang and a Honda 600CBR rocket and none of them had the beastly acceleration or the wicked lope of this machine.  

Now for the real kicker: He is already talking about getting an SRT10.  He would like to sell me the 2000 Venom and purchase either a 04-05 SRT10 Mamba in black or white or he wants to trade the 2000 in on an 08 with the new "snake skin green" paint job.  We both went up and test drove an 05 SRT10 a few weeks ago to compare the power of his to the new ones.   We were a bit disappointed....  The 05 has 500 hp but the gearing is lower (I believe 3.07) than his (3.45 from the Hennessey Venom 500 package) and was noticeably slower.  Didn't think I'd ever say a Viper was too slow, but when you become accustomed to 500+ hp and gobs of torque you get a little spoiled.  We did both like the looks of the newer ones though, hence the reason he is still wanting to get one.

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