If you live in Houston, and you know what Allen Parkway is then skip down a paragraph, otherwise Allen Parkway is a nice stretch of road fameous for it's tight sweepers and various elevation banks and some 45's.
Anyway, I did a couple of passes and got ready for another when a chump shows up with the 03. Blabs about his mods, etc. I tell him I am still a member of SVTOA and meet with the local Lightning Owners group, he proceeds to blab about his car, how L's aren't a threat and how my car is a great econobox but not a sports car.
Great. Now that I have been appropiatly dressed down by Ego, I humbly beg of his greatness to show me how great his car handles Allen Parkway, and i'll tag along for fun and to admire the FASTEST, BESTEST car in the whole word that god himself made for Ford.
I slide the launch a little @ 4.5K and break the jump, but I am bracing for the sonic boom and the shattering of glass as the 03 Cobra streaks past me and jumps into hyperspace. However this does not happen as the guy is obivously still "heating up his tires" back at the intersection.
I get a little jiggy into the first turn keeping an eye peeled on the rearview, and lo and behold the Cobra is charging hard. He is closing in slowly on my back side and we make the first sweeper. I tuck in and roll with it and he goes to the outside, and tries to pass. However I notice that is back end is sliding out. So i'm thinking "cool, we got a drifting expert here!" We go into a little straight, he is playing bumper tag but i keep my ass bobbing in front of him like a fat girl in a disco.
Now the City of Houston likes to water. Alot. Even concrete too because someone in City Hall thinks that it must make it grow. Anyway there are automatic sprinklers that water the gardens on the sides of Allen that hit the street as well, adding to the fun and enjoyment. The next sweeper is up, elevation drop and to the right, and the apex is wet.
Mr WRX goes through it, I slide just a little bit but I keep the power on and stance as profiled as you can be for such a predicament. Not a problem. However, the snake hits it and starts to spin. Mad spinning. Like a freaking top. He goes right off the road, flips twice and rolls into a column of the overpass. I turn it around, hop over to the opposing traffic lane and run to see if the guy is a casuality.
Smoke, burning oil, gas leakage and and other mayhem. The guy was saved by the airbag, and he wasen't too cool for the seatbelt so he wore it too. Other people stopped and EMT +fire +cops were dispacthed. The guy had a few fractured ribs, a swolen ankle because the floorboard crumpled up to almost halfway in the floorwell and was burnt up a bit from the airbags and somehow hot oil got inside the cab, and on his legs.
Yes, the car was wasted. I now have the snake ornament from what was left of the front grille as a momento of the occasion. I had mixed feelings about this - this guy was an egotistical prick who thought his skills were enhanced by the car and by virtue of nomenclature.