I went to the store tonight, just to get some soda and some other random things that are of no importance to the story. Right before you get to this Stater Bros. on Magnolia here in corona there are a lot of short straight streets with ample stop lights. And next to me there is this Ford Taurus with a body kit, my bad I mean a Jaguar type S. Probably an auto, I am not even sure if they come in anything other then an auto really. There is a woman driving, mid thirties nice looking lady I suppose. And for what ever reason she decided that she was going to race me at ever light, despite the fact that I am not really trying and beating her every time. The last time I had to stop to turn into the parking lot, and she just tore on by as fast as she could in her own sort of ricer fly by. Either way, I am sure she is glad to know the overpriced Taurus is not the fastest thing on four wheels.
You could call the lady there the warm up race for what is almost a real race. On the way home I pull up behind a 60’s Impala, black with fat rear tired and has had come work done. This is a pretty cool car, if not totally huge. So I am behind him at a light which starts at a downhill slope goes probably a 6th of a mile then hits a 90 degree turn to the left. It is closed down to one lane until just before that 90 degree turn, after the turn it continues on for maybe 200 feet before hitting a stop light.
So the Impala which is starting directly in front of me takes off, I can’t launch it because I am directly behind him. The WRX is a bit faster then him because basically I am not able to hold WOT though this whole ordeal but I stay at exactly the same spot behind him. If I were able to launch I would have had probably a car and a half on him and creped up a bit more. But that is not the interesting part of this story to me, the interesting thing is that he wanted to continue the race through this turn. Now we all need to know what our cars strengths and weaknesses are, and is it just me or is an Impala trying to take a WRX through a turn somewhat of a losing proposition?
Before we get into the turn he jumps into the outside lane, this is either to show me that he wants to keep going or he figures the outside lane is going to give him a lesser angle and he will be able to make it through. I am starting this all a car length and a half behind him mind you. So he hits the turn and immediately he gets massive over steer and I have to back off because he swerves all the way over into my lane and then back into his own. Once he steadies himself which is about a third of the way through the turn, I hit the gas again to speed back up and by the end of the turn I just pulled even with him and would have passed him more if I did not have to stop for the red light. He quickly took a right at the light and that was that for the evening.