1. I was on my way home tonight and passed a 300ZX. I didn't think anything of it but I was in 2nd rather than 3rd just in case. Soon after I passed him I flew past me; I figured that was a incentive to race. He slowed down infront of me and was doing about 50mph so I came up beside him and was in 3rd doing 50mph. I look over and he's smiling so I gave him the friendly gesture to have to start. He jumped on the gas and I followed suite and quickly pulled a car by 70mph. Lucky we came up to a light and I chatted w/ him. Both of us were the first cars at the light. I asked him if he wanted to run and he said ... "Umm, I can try but you'll tear me a new one." I replied ... "I'll start normally and you can launch so you'll have an advantage." I told him to shut down at 60mph; he agreed. I then asked him what year his 300 was and he replied that it was a 94 non turbo. He asked me and I told him about me. Light turns green and he spins and I start as normal; he jumps me by 1/2 a car and I catch up to him by the end of 1st. However I missed 2nd again ( later story ) and I rev instead of shfiting into 2nd and I still pass him by 1/2 car length by the time I hit 60mph. I catch him down the road a few sec later and stated I missed 2nd, and he replied he figured since I didn't kill him like he expected.
2. After the 300, I make a turn coming home and I see a WRX turn onto the road infront of me. I flash he but I wasn't sure if he saw me. Light turns green and I redline 1st and go into 2nd and catch up to him. I wave and smile and continue to drive. Then I noice him coming up fast on my left, so as he's next to me I floor 2nd at 45mph. I quickly match his speed and pass him once in 3rd. I slowed down and asked him to pull over. We chatted for a few secs and he's stock + CAI.
3. I raced an ITR a few weeks back and had the same problem. People seem to know about the WRX so I figured I'd give them a chance. Unless it's a "fast" car, I won't go all out and launch. ITR launches and I start as normal. I missed the 1st > 2nd shift. That's twice now and I'm not happy. I hit the gate and rev, I usually don't let off the clutch unless I feel the car go into 2nd. From an outsider perspective it looks like I'm reving at then between shifts but that's not my point. In both cases I still win up to 60mph before we shut down but I wish I'd had gotten into 2nd.
It was fun since I haven't had fun in a long time. I need to work on my 1st > 2nd shifts. I guess since I haven't done anything for a while, I've lost my "touch." I guess I'll just need to practice more.