A gentle cruise back from the city late last night turned into a lovely little run for the MY99 WRX and me.
I was driving out of the Vietnamese area of Melbourne OZ (great food, nice people, many well modded racers) when I look in my rearview mirror to see a set of lowered lights zipping through traffic. I slow down to about 40kmh and wait for him to catch up, more out of curiosity more than anything else.
As he overtakes I glance across to see a 1999 3 series BMW, skirts, wicked wheels, a big ATI sticker and personalised plates that say MPOWER. (Beautiful car, even with the sticker)
So Im thinking, "wooo...modded M3"
With him are two other cars, also looking pretty nice, a black Audi 1.8T and a current shape black BMW 330 CI. All these guys are pretty much ignoring me as I'm in a silver wagon with the only sign Im modded to 280hp is my 4" exhaust tip.
So I speed up a little and stay with the "M3". The other cars are moving around in the lanes and by the time we all reach the next set of lights Im lined up with the Audi. Its late, theres no-one around and so on green - the Audi launches. I think, No way! By about halfway through second he is two cars behind and Im pulling away quick. Not really a race but a demonstration. I slow halfway through third and get back under the speed limit to see all three of these cars, with the M3 in the front, rushing up behind me. Im thinking, Oh Sh!*, Ive upset the Triads or something. They get in formation beside and behind me, and Im crapping myself . I looked over and where I was expecting a "We're gonna kill you" look there were race faces and smiles, which lightened my mood no end.
We all do a little mellow - but entertaining driving until we get to the next set of lights.
This time Im lined up next to the "M3" with the 330CI on the other side of him and the A4 behind me. On green its all on. I dont launch but from a 10kmh roll floor it. I drag in the "M3" and slip by him in about 1/8th of a mile, an easy car and a half in front by the time we slowed. Im now thinking that this is no modded M3 but a 320I faked up - as I expect a true modded M3 would own me seeing as I didnt launch. I didnt see what the 330CI was doing, if he held the gas down much longer than me, but after I shut down I looked up he was 4 cars ahead and flying - ie no brake lights.
From here, we all went our separate ways, the 3 german cars looking sweet in the twilight and the WRX with 2 confirmed kills and a maybe-kinda-possible with the 330CI.
Not a bad 10 minutes in all - though I think I blew my cat in all the comotion - it rattles a tiny bit now.