So here I was headed to work, going on the off-ramp on I-84. I make a left off the ramp and it's a 4 lane road for about a mile before breaking up into the usual, small 2 lane roads CT is known for. I get to a red light and what lines up next to me but a metallic blue BMW 3-series. At this point, I couldn't tell which model, but I knew for sure it wasn't the M3, without the telltale side styling and wheels. The guy, about in his 30's, looks at me and actually revvs it up. Oooh, early morning BMW for breakfast, methinks I do some revving of my own, particularly in the "WRX sweetspot" of 3500-4000 rpms. Light hits, I slip it perfect and get a 2 1/2 car length jump on the guy...it seems as if he bogged his launch, but oh well. I sprinted out of the gates and maintained my lead, and it looked like he shut down at about 80 mph, at that point, I'd already established about a 3 car length lead. It's a shame, because I think he would've started to pull since the WRX has crappy highend stock. Oh well. Turns out the guy works for the same company I do, and we both end up in the same parking lot...yeah, my company is that big, I didn't even know he worked for us. He gets out of the car and says, "So how do you like your car?" I reply, "Best car I've owned so far." He smiles and goes, "I'll bet. Damn it's quick!" He kept looking over my car and kept remarking how the styling grew on him...I of course gave him his due props...the 3-series, IMO, is one of the best engineered cars in the history of automobiles. He said that his 3-series was the best car he's ever had...I informed him the STi model for the WRX is coming out in 2004 and it goes for about the same price as his car...except with 300 hp. He was really interested...in fact he e-mailed me today asking me literature on the Rex.
Gents, I think I converted a Bimmer owner to the Rex Side.
One more for the good guys,