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Old 01-21-2014, 12:32 PM   #1
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One Last Drive in the STI
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With Subaru's recent reveal of the all-new STI, it's a fine time to revisit the outgoing model. Join us on a trip through Ireland and to the Isle of Man for a lap of a lifetime on the legendary TT course with a stock 2013 STI Type UK. Episode includes special guest Mark Higgins, the brother of Subaru Rally Team driver David Higgins and current record holder of the IOM TT (fastest car lap).
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Old 01-21-2014, 03:07 PM   #2
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jesus. guy cant drive for shieeet
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Old 01-21-2014, 06:33 PM   #3
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why does this guy have a tv show?
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Old 01-21-2014, 06:44 PM   #4
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Probably because he is involved is all of the pre and post production.
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Old 01-22-2014, 05:01 PM   #5
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jesus. guy cant drive for shieeet
Trying to drive a manual RHD car when you are from a LHD world is a serious challenge, or at least is was for me. Whenever I rent in the UK, I always get a manual, but it makes for some interesting moments.

There is a lot of "pawing at the door" with your right hand trying to find a gearshift that is not there. And the whole "faster is toward you" rather than away from you can be a problem in the moment. For most adults, shifting has become a in-grown habit that you don't really think about. Driving an RHD means having to think about it every time you need to change gears.

I'd love to make it to the Isle of Man one of these days.
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Old 01-22-2014, 05:51 PM   #6
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Being an American who has had the experience of driving a manual for 10 days across Ireland, I can tell you that it took my like 3 days to feel comfortable. The steering is on the wrong side, the gearbox is on the wrong side, you are driving on the wrong side of the road and the roads there are nothing like the US. They are much more narrow, they are poorly paved and maintained, there are bumps and ruts everywhere. There are roundabouts everywhere. I can see why the guy was having issues, but he clearly was not a professional driver and it showed throughout the whole video. He probably should take some lessons (as he was towards the end) if he wants to host this show.
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Old 01-22-2014, 06:55 PM   #7
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You clearly don't live in PA if you are describing our roads as better than theirs....lol
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Old 01-23-2014, 03:41 PM   #8
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You clearly don't live in PA if you are describing our roads as better than theirs....lol
I LOVE driving in Bucks County, potholes and all. But the UK is the only place I've ever driven where:

1.) I almost hit a herd of sheep. Not one. A herd.
2.) I felt "confined" on a road because my sub-compact (a Fiat Punto) was TOO BIG to fit comfortably down a two-way road with hedges on either side.
3.) I've been cheered for being part of a group that physically removed a car from a no parking zone because it was in our way.

It is not so much a matter of road condition...it's the amazing paths/things that they allow to be CALLED roads. Both countries allow appalling potholes, bogs, unexpected shoulders and unforeseen critters on the motorway.


Had a lot of fun driving in both places.
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Old 01-24-2014, 07:17 PM   #9
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Higgins brothers Rule!!
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Old 01-25-2014, 06:01 PM   #10
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My wife and I had our belated honeymoon in Ireland. We were there 13 days, and drove over 1500 miles in a standard transmission diesel BMW. The hardest thing for me to get used to was when entering the road turning to the left, to turn on the inside lane...and outside lane when turning right. That always felt very weird! I will say I was highly surprised at how "fun" the roads were! If I ever go back, I'm traveling by motorcycle!




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Old 01-26-2014, 05:01 PM   #11
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Wow that's bad.
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Old 01-27-2014, 11:52 AM   #12
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I thought he did great for an enthusiast with limited RHD experience. Better than average in fact. Only keyboard warriors with experience on Gran Turismo/Forza/NFS would criticize his performance.
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Old 01-27-2014, 01:36 PM   #13
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I may need a napkin. Going to the garage to strip out my interior!
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Old 01-28-2014, 12:21 PM   #14
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I thought he did great for an enthusiast with limited RHD experience. Better than average in fact. Only keyboard warriors with experience on Gran Turismo/Forza/NFS would criticize his performance.
Couldn't agree more. If you've never done it, you have nothing to say. if you do it's worthless. Coordinating hand foot movements for the first time RHD is not easy...


Anybody notice how much body flex brz had in the back? Finally understand why all those e46s had subframe tears...after seeing how much flex cars get on cam in real life I'm not surprised

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Old 01-29-2014, 01:56 AM   #15
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Ryan is an awesome host. He may not be a "pro" driver but I believe that's what a lot of people like about him: A real guy driving real cars the way most people would drive a car. Good stuff.
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Old 01-29-2014, 02:34 AM   #16
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The Sti logo under the seatbelt holster looks so much cooler in the type uk. Higgins was pro as always, he had a wicked save when he did his time attack. Idk I don't think the 2015 wrx Sti will beat the gr/gv's. Right off the bat it doesn't look as cool
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Old 02-04-2014, 01:01 AM   #17
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That guy was a doofus.
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Old 02-04-2014, 07:55 PM   #18
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Probably because he is involved is all of the pre and post production.
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That guy was a doofus.
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Ryan is an awesome host. He may not be a "pro" driver but I believe that's what a lot of people like about him: A real guy driving real cars the way most people would drive a car. Good stuff.
Ryan is actually quite the douche.

I still remember after the original Driving Sports DVD fell years behind schedule the arrogant response I received from him, citing my own "lack of communication skills."

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...ing+sports+dvd

Mind you, I lived at the same address for three years, the entire duration of my subscription.

Every time I called customer service (at least five times during production delays) I verified my address with them as well. Conveniently Ryan closed the thread before I could make a reply.

A simple "I'm sorry, we ****ed up" would have been more than enough to make me happy.

I 'd when I heard Grassroots Motorsports acquired Subiesport Karma.
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Old 02-05-2014, 01:34 AM   #19
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Ryan is actually quite the douche.

I still remember after the original Driving Sports DVD fell years behind schedule the arrogant response I received from him, citing my own "lack of communication skills."

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...ing+sports+dvd

Mind you, I lived at the same address for three years, the entire duration of my subscription.

Every time I called customer service (at least five times during production delays) I verified my address with them as well. Conveniently Ryan closed the thread before I could make a reply.

A simple "I'm sorry, we ****ed up" would have been more than enough to make me happy.

I 'd when I heard Grassroots Motorsports acquired Subiesport Karma.
Yeah, I remember the whole fiasco. I actually received a DVD months after I had given up hope. Which was nice but regarding his hosting style, its a shame they don't actually hire someone with better screen presence. No offense to Ryan but the production value is fairly high and with some proper talent the series could really benefit and grow.
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Old 02-12-2014, 05:08 PM   #20
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Why do we not get those seats?!
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