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...Gen 4 Prelude (riced out; he had altezzas so he must be fast! Those are like afterburners) and his buddy in a newer model RX-7 (not as rice, loud exhaust, loud radio, loud stickers. He must be fast too since he had stickers).

I get on the 1-94; 11pm last Saturday night. I drive for a couple of minutes then see two cars in the distance tailgaiting innocent drivers, wanting to get through. I decide to go in a mild pursuit. I keep my distance from them. I turned off my fogs as to try and make myself a little discrete. When they would accelerate, so would I. So for 5 minutes, I'm just watching them. They're on a tailgaiting high. So now, I'm starting to get pissed.

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They start harassing a couple of their own kind. Big/tall aluminum spoilered, half-painted body kit cladding, low-profile; disgracefully cambered honda accords. Two of them. Almost identical, different colors. Two pieces of rice...in love.

The 'Lude' and Mr. Zoom, Zoom, Zoom trade exhaust tones with the Accord Twins. I hate exhaust language. Their kind is loud and obnoxious.

Well, to my surprise they raced. 4 cars in a 3 lane highway. One of the twins stayed back...or rather...couldn't keep up. The RX-7 was first, then the Lude, then Dumb and Slower. The twins slowed down, high-beamed the winners. I pass by the 'accordians' @ 70mph minding my own business. All of a sudden, exhaust tones ring in my ears. By this time, Lude and "7" are a 1/4 mile ahead of me still harassing drivers. The accordians stick to my rear passenger's quarter panel. Drop it in 3rd and show them what they don't have. I didn't want to race, rather, wanted to get away from annoying flies.

Due to my acceleration, I ended up at the rear of the original instigators. Well, they thought it was Tokyo Extreme Racer action coming from me. Obviously it wasn't. They stopped bothering the old man in the Corolla 'S' and slipped through the left lane. I'm already the left lane still going 70. The Lude then proceeds to morse code the 7. I translated:

"Bro; We'z got WRX to our left; since we got stickers let's waste his *ss!"

Now...I don't condone racing on public streets. I've heard to many stories. Rather, if and when I accelerate, it's to just get away. So...I decided to get away, for real. Why? Because I'm not in high school anymore.

I'm in 4th, the Lude is in whatever the auto-tranny decided and the RX-7 (I believe in 3rd; high-pitch for an exhaust that size) is just waiting. These guys just won't quit. They're to my passenger side. Laying it on the gas over and over again. Looked like they were humping the highway. Still not racing, they tire of me. They take off. After all, it wouldn't of been fair if I just floored it. So, a little 'high-school' came over me. They're 8 car lengths ahead of me. I drop it into 3rd and off I go. 70-80mph in what seems like 1 second. I turn on my fogs. 80-95. Lude does morse code again. Exhuast tones blare. RX-7 takes off. Lude...er...sounds good, but unvolutarily stayed behind. 95-102...

WRX vs. RX-7. I think he must've been 1) Nervous 2) Young and Nervous 3) Not his car and his older brother's; young and nervous. Because he didn't know how to shift. He mis-shifted into 4th and I took advantage. I stayed in 3rd till around 6200rpm and stuck it in 4th. 110...115mph and ahead by 6 car lengths. My car's running smooth. I'm done...he's been done. I can't see the Prelude. However the RX-7 takes it to the shoulder for some reason. I ease it onto my exit and coast it to normal driving speed. Go home and sleep with a smile.

My only complaints: I hate it when RICE sticks and when people mis-shift.
 

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Nice...very nice. I think you and I have a similar mentality when it comes to street racing. I'd say 90% of the time I'm flooring it to get away from stupid people like the ones you mentioned.
 

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Exactly.

But then, people mistake it for..."Here I go! Let's race!" At that point, how do you lose them? Probably the smartest thing is to just not race at all. Let them leave on their own 'accord'.
 

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Rice won't race around here. I've seen lots of them, and they drive slow on the freeway, cruise the city streets, and rarely seem to drive the cars in any way that is fast.

On the other hand, I've had many Audi, BMW, and Nissans who want to see what I've got. Older guys, or young well off looking dudes. All in fun, and no REAL competition. Just folks wanting to run the car out to Autobahn speeds.

Normally I'm a great shifter. Been behind manual trans for about 10 years. I'll tell you the truth too...I have to learn to calm my stage fright. I shift like a moron under preasure. Last week a Buick Century, probably early 90's, beat me because my brain slipped into automatic, and I didn't shift out of second until about two seconds of redline! DUH! He almost wrecked his car driving too fast trying to stay ahead of me as we were entering a pretty sharp curve. Easy pickins, but I guess I made someone else happy for the day. Great stories for the rusting Buick I guess.

I keep my eye on the ricers, and I guess I'd look at most of them as a way to easy victory. Maybe the kids around here have simply learned not to mess with REX!
 

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...but Chicago's where I'm from

Chirexy...maybe WRX's are rice magnets (making us Rice cookers...hahahaha).

However, I-94 is the Edens in Chicago which my story refers to. I do second the notion though that a lot of upper class cars such as the BMW, Benz, even SUV's try and...um...not brag...but "reference" the WRX against their own car. No disrespect, both drivers end up smiling. And that's fine with me.
 

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nice prose..."accordians", I love it!:p

Anyway, nice "kills". I put it in quotes since you say you only want to get away and not race. I do think you are correct in assuming that your "getting away" will almost always mean you are wanting to race. I believe you said it best:

Probably the smartest thing is to just not race at all. Let them leave on their own 'accord'.
 

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A little OT, but this just made me think of my morning commute in the Denver southwest area.

Let me outline the scenario: I'll get tailgated by regular commuter vehicles; pickups, compacts, you name it. Usually I'm stuck behind a slower car in front whom I'm not tailgating. The driver behind me is obviously annoyed that I'm leaving a safe gap. This will continue for 3 or 4 miles on the freeway at speeds of around 70mph.

Eventually the car in front moves over. At this point, I'll continue at the same speed for about 30 seconds or so. The vehicle behind will literally be mere feet from my rear bumper by this time. I often imagine I can see steam coming from the driver's ears. Then... I floor it and briefly wind it out to around 100 until I catch up with slower traffic in front, at which point I'll coast back down to around 70mph. The tailgater is but a mere speck in my rearview.

Here's the amusing part: They will always pull a flyby on me as soon as they can catch up. But these aren't like ricer flybys. These are performed at 100+ mph, AND the vehicle won't slow when it gets past. In fact, they will usually continue driving at this speed for as long as the traffic conditions allow. Even if it requires weaving in and out of traffic.

It's kinda like they are making the statement, 'well my car is really quicker than you because I'm prepared to drive like an idiot for 2 miles at speeds in excess of 100mph in an attempt to lose you.' The drivers in this area are literally psychotic.

I usually respond by trying to keep them in my sights. Then if we hit heavy traffic again I'll read it carefully so I casually pass them in a faster moving lane. You can just see their blood boiling.

Ahh... the joys of the morning commute. I have found that people in genuinely quick cars aren't so willing to race, and act more responsibly.

-Pace
 

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The fly-bys are truly annoying and far too frequent here in Denver. I have yet to see a ricer that was even close to the WRX around here - most are just sporting bad ground effects and soup can exhaust tips. They see the WRX on the tail and they assume that I want to play.

Now I just need to decide what mods I want to do... Need to hook up with some of the Denver area guys and check out the mods.

Great story.

The Weevil
 

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Thanks guys!

Yeah...I hate rice stickers...

thechickencow: Sorry for the long story...kinda bored @ work.

There was once a time were I did the same exact thing...accelerate and get away from ricers..I hit a stop and they passed me by clapping and yelling "Yeah...that car rocks!" They just wanted to see how badly they'd get wasted...weird.

Hopefully, I won't be writing these anytime soon.

Laters

Joe
 

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pace said:
A little OT, but this just made me think of my morning commute in the Denver southwest area.
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Awesome post. That's exactly the kind of behaviour I see here in NY, and most of the time it's minivans and SUVs that are doing highway fly-byes. I often often provoke such flybyes because I like having another vehicle speeding in front of me as I'm cruising the interstate at 90mph. It reduces the chances of me getting pulled over. Let me tell you, it works.
 

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That was a well-written yarn.

In my experience I have found that the WRX is a rice magnet. Rice is a broad term though. I've been on lots of domestic boards where the muscleheads call anything with less than 6 cylinders rice, regardless of what it is or what times it's layin' down.
 

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pace said:
Here's the amusing part: They will always pull a flyby on me as soon as they can catch up. But these aren't like ricer flybys. These are performed at 100+ mph, AND the vehicle won't slow when it gets past. In fact, they will usually continue driving at this speed for as long as the traffic conditions allow. Even if it requires weaving in and out of traffic.

-Pace
This reminds me of a similar situation while I was coming back from teaching a motorcycle safety class in Atlanta. (I can't remember if I posted this or not, as it happened several months ago.) Anyway, a camaro came flying up behind me and I'm keeping the cushion in front of me (of course, since there isn't much protection sitting on the m/c). I finally got to a point where I could move over and he just came flying around me (sounded really loud too). Well, it just so happens that he did this in an area where state troopers usually sit and wouldn't you know it - there were two of them! So, here I am pointing at the idiot who'd been tailgating me and he gets pulled over!:D I loved every minute of it.
 

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Awesome post. That's exactly the kind of behaviour I see here in NY, and most of the time it's minivans and SUVs that are doing highway fly-byes. I often often provoke such flybyes because I like having another vehicle speeding in front of me as I'm cruising the interstate at 90mph. It reduces the chances of me getting pulled over. Let me tell you, it works.
exactly right.

you can manipulate these idiots to your ends.

keep up the good work!
 
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