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Old 05-28-2000, 01:08 PM   #1
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Have a Nice Day? I almost got the car wet...*REALLY* wet (long)

So I went down to Teague's for the meet. There were five RS's and a Legacy with a Lebaron trailing us (and filming). Dale decided to take us up and down a few of the mountain roads with their steep corners and blind turns. Hopefully the video will come up (with the license numbers blacked out or smeared or SOMETHING!)

Needless to say, we had a lot of fun. But I almost lost my Subaru...

The turn was heading straight down from the mountain. I have a slushbox, so I was breaking hard and the car shifted down into 2nd gear. The Lebaron had gone home and my rally blue 99 was the last car in line.

Upon entering the sharp right turn slow enough to take it I hit some gravel. Needless to say, I wasn't going slow enough to survive that, and the front right wheel went off the road, followed by the rear right, followed by the rear left. I was in a slideways decent from the road to the top of the hill to the other side of the hill with my rear end spinning out. The car's rear end was dancing and it was dancing hard.

I looked over at a woman fishing. She gave me the "What in the he** are you doing here?" look and I thought to myself that I was about to get in some serious deep...water. And rocks. Have I mentioned that the creek was lined with rocks?

So the single wheel still left on the road got some traction back amidst all my crazy counter steering and I thought back to what Mike Shields told me: "If you feel the rear end go out, don't hit the breaks, just touch the throttle a little and you'll be fine." Or something like that.

So I mashed the throttle pedal and prayed. I heard something smash (and thought I had slid into a tree) but somehow had the passenger side slide back onto the road and the car readjusted itself with that patented Subaru AWD. I had survived a near-wreck experience and Speedvision videos were flashing before my eyes.

I felt it was a slide that would make Colin McRae proud...and I was considering stopping over to restart my heart when I saw the car in front of me (Larry, with a 2000 blue RS sedan) signaling for everyone to keep going. Apparently this is normal stuff for him.

Kent(Templar) was beginning to pull over and I followed him. We inspected the car after a lot of shock-expressing sound bites and saw that the only damage was to the passenger side rocker where I guess I hit a rock. Oh, and somewhere along the way the box containing my stock pulley blew peanuts, pulley, and Unorthodox's directions all over my rear seat.

The folks in the three cars who saw it said that any closer and that wouldn't have been a close call at all. I emphasize that if it hadn't been for Dale's UD pulley isntall, those higher revs may not have kicked in and I'd be biking home to Raleigh.

Officially, I am the luckiest da** Impreza driver ever. And I am going to do my best to avoid adding or subtracting to that crown. Especially with the more precise handling that comes from the rear sway bar links.

That being said, it was a blast, and I felt that everyone handled my rally driving lesson fairly well.

And I didn't almost kill myself trying to light a cigarette or swerving more than a car with the hood up...so at least I wasn't involved in all the "incidents".

Have a good one, folks, and when you're thinking of taking that turn a little too hard, remember my first lesson of rally driving:

Hit the throttle and pray.
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Old 05-28-2000, 01:25 PM   #2
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Yep.. Most of the time if you just mash the pedal and keep the wheels pointed in the right direction you can get out of a bad situation. It is nice to know that your instict can take over and pull you through it..

The U/D pulley power is noticible for a while, but then it just blends in with the car and you are left looking for more power.. The addiction never ends, and the C.C. balance never seems to go down.

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Old 05-28-2000, 04:46 PM   #3
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Re: addiction

You're telling me. I came to Teague's Auto with around $350 to spend. I left with $40.

At least I know my money was well spent! The "driving lesson" alone was worth $20.
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Old 05-28-2000, 05:43 PM   #4
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Needless to say I am glad that you were able to handle the car the way that you were. Honestly, when I heard all the honking, and saw everyone stopping I thought the WORST. You make us proud grasshopper!
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Old 05-28-2000, 08:46 PM   #5
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Glad to hear you survived. I had a similar experience in LI with my XT6 slushbox. (took a curvey off-ramp too hard and braked) I realized now, it's much better to just gas it and go, the AWD does the rest.

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