So I'm driving back to my apartment after a nice vacation, got the bike up the the yakima rack, and i pull in to gas up. As I just about finish pumping the WRX with that magic 93 octane, a older yellow ferrari pulls up. The guy gets out and starts to fuel it up. So I look into the cockpit and see no shifter boot, so i ask if its an automatic (jokingly, of course). He cracks a big smile and says no. So I spend a few minutes just chatting about his ferrari (a 1996 5 speed). As I'm about to get into the car he asks how i like my ride. Surprised to answer he continues, "I hear those WRX's are pretty quick." So I killed a few more minutes discussing the world rally going on and how the WRX comes from the Subie WRC. All in all it was cool to see that even those who can manage a dream car can still keep with the current car trends.
As im driving back on the NJ turnpike, the truck lane im in (always faster, take note) merged with the car lane, and one of those new mustang cobras (nice engraved COBRA on the rear bumper) merges in front of me. He begins to haul, so i decide to keep up. I was going in 4th and had some decent rpms to begin with, I can only assume he was pulling hard too (from the way he drove later). From about 55 (beginning of merge) to about 100mph (when i decided to cut loose, signified by me waving), I was able to stay right behind him (he was in my lane). At 100mph i slowed it down and he kept pulling, so I can only assume that since he didnt gain an inch (total serious here), the WRX isnt too far behind a COBRA. After he pulled away (hey! i had a bike on the car, and want to keep my cheap insurance policy), He kept going about 95mph till i finally caught up before a toll plaza. I was right next to him with my window down trying to compliment him on his nice ride and the doofus refused to even acknowledge that I was giving him the thumbs up and screaming "Those things fly!". Guess he was a bit let down that american muscle wasn't cutting it to a rally proven turbo.
To make things even crazier that trip, I was pulling out of a toll plaza and found myself getting caught between an audi (assumed A4) and a VW (jetta i think). I didnt really get a close look at the cars seeing as they were squeezing me from getting a lane. As im pulling real hard now (in 2nd or 3rd gear), Im now accelerating to prevent a possible accident. Just as I was exactly between them, the engine cut and the car almost seemed like it died. I pull into the lane, slow down, and look to see if I had a CEL. I didn't, so i assume i didnt overboost and get fuel cut. So I can only wonder if I actually hit the rev limiter since i wasnt really paying attention to the Tach seeing as i was trying not to get creamed. Has anyone hit rev limit before, and if so how can you describe it?
Just a fun 2 hour drive and a story to tell. Enjoy.