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Old 02-08-2006, 03:25 PM   #1
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Default What Kind of Driving Gives You The Biggest Thrill?

I'll start, you follow.

I most enjoy the winding, twisty, turny hills of small town New england. No traffic lights, few stop signs, lots of G-forces. The 2.5i ain't exactly a rocket, so I need some bendy pavement to make it exciting. Regardless, my car is great to throw around on a tree-lined two lane road.

So, now it's your turn. What's your favorite kind of driving? It could be anything: Drag racing in a straight line, highway driving, road courses, Autcross.... even being stuck in traffic!



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Old 02-08-2006, 03:58 PM   #2
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Small windy backroads with gradual up and down hills (I am in New England as well). And off ramps!
I have a 2.5RS, and as you said, they aren't exactly rockets.
I love how it handles though and would rather feel G forces from side to side then get pushed back against my seat in a straight line.

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Old 02-08-2006, 05:57 PM   #3
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Curves, any kind
On ramps are fun: straight ones feel like a catapult (sp?), curved ones combine the side g's mentioned above with the ones in the back...like those too
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Old 02-08-2006, 10:21 PM   #4
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A picture is worth a thousand words...here I am on Shakedown at Maine Forest Rally.





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Old 02-09-2006, 09:53 AM   #5
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That picture is worth two words: Cool ****.

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Old 02-10-2006, 10:37 AM   #6
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Come on, answer this one! this is a FUN one!

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Old 02-11-2006, 01:18 AM   #7
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Winter driving.
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Old 02-12-2006, 01:44 PM   #8
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Driving in the middle of the night when there is no traffic

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Old 02-12-2006, 02:30 PM   #9
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Driving on dirt or snow.
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Old 02-12-2006, 05:02 PM   #10
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Driving around the twisty circuit at SEL on a Saturday or Sunday, drifting in the gravel on the corners.

Driving around Ocean SHores at night during the rain is pretty fun too. Lotsa twisties, big puddles to splash in, and oppurtunity to light up the night with my big driving lights.
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Old 02-12-2006, 06:57 PM   #11
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Driving on dirt or snow.
How about both?





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Old 02-15-2006, 03:31 AM   #12
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This Kind



But seriously there's nothing better than a winding mountain or river road
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Old 02-15-2006, 04:01 PM   #13
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Can't take the countryside for granted. Putnam county New York features some nice roads that follow the curves of lakes and rivers. Its really nice.

Eyes should be on the ROAD though
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Old 02-16-2006, 10:01 AM   #14
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Can't take the countryside for granted. Putnam county New York features some nice roads that follow the curves of lakes and rivers. Its really nice.

Eyes should be on the ROAD though
yes, putnam county backroads, item#4, dccd, elevation changes, blind crests, changing radius curves. Also looking foward to lime rock track days.(scda)
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Old 02-17-2006, 09:45 PM   #15
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yes, putnam county backroads, (scda)
Oh yes! I learned to drive there, tearing up every dirt road in western Putnam in my old Pinto. It's VERY different there now though. Very upscale and lots of cops.

To answer the original question I like windy and hilly dirt or paved roads. Dirt roads are becoming scarce around here though.
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Old 02-19-2006, 03:56 PM   #16
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Dirt and gravel. The wider the better so I can get sideways and not damage the car. Pea gravel is extra fun.

Sean,
What kind of tires were you running in that rallyx?
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Old 02-19-2006, 05:53 PM   #17
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What kind of tires were you running in that rallyx?
If there's any snow/ice on the ground or if the ground temperature is under 40 F I run Bridgestone Blizzak WS-50.

40 F to 55 F I run Michelin L4/M4 Gravel (my shredded beater gravel tires).

Above 55 F I run Falken Azenis RS-01D Medium Gravel (my good gravel tires).



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Old 02-20-2006, 01:54 AM   #18
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Windy is good. I got to run the Tail of the Dragon. That pretty well tops the list. But, I do enjoy a good autocross. My favorite events were at FedEx Field with the Washington DC Region. They've got an insane amount of space there with serious elevation changes.
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Old 02-20-2006, 11:19 AM   #19
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i can honestly say i like the roads that aren perfect the have pot holes to dodge and also some drastic and repetitive altitude changes with a mix of slow tight turns and long sweeping ones. i like feelin the rear end slide just a lil but not enough to "drift". finding a snowy parking lot is fun too.

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Old 02-23-2006, 12:36 AM   #20
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Drag racing. You seperate who can row the gears and who's chained to a post.
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Old 02-23-2006, 12:52 PM   #21
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My commute to work, which is mainly...

25 miles of Angelest Forrest Highway (high-speed twisties and several thousand feet of elevation change), and 8 miles of Angeles Crest Highway (the world-famous CA2).

And people think I'm crazy to live 50 miles form work.

Guess they don't know what it's like to drive a Subie

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Old 02-24-2006, 11:39 AM   #22
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In SoCal:
I like the old junk yard rows in Otay Mesa, sneaking into the Otay airport and drifting the full cinder outer service road... Also, the distribution center near the junk yards is sweet for drifting on clean asphalt.

In Mexico:
Like playing frogger for real... Mexico, where people drive like they stole it... probably because they did... IT's a real challange in Tijuana, but go south 60 min. to this one refreshed toll road through the mountains and its a full on DRIFT fest, I forget what mountains it goes through...

In Missouri:
Mark Twain Nat. Forest: You can REALLY hit those rallyesque loggin trails fast and hard. It's a designated off-road area, but needs more roads, instead of trails.
Salem: 100 acre wood rally... Need I say more...

I like pretty much anything, but have to accept what the local area offers...
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Old 02-25-2006, 11:26 AM   #23
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Good ol' PA driving. I love hitting the dirt roads around Allentown PA (rural of course) and all the back roads around here. Unfortunately, I've learned sport package NEEDS splash guards as my side doors are chewed up.

Any snow covered flat area without holes, ditches, cops, deer, landmines, etc... the usual. My car loves slippery conditions.

I bought Subaru for handling, braking, and AWD. If I wanted speed, I'da bought a 98 Mustang SVT Cobra. So I drive my car for the reason I bought it. It's going to sound cheesy, but I get this 'butterfly' feeling when I rip through corners, slide it sideways off of on/off ramps, and make my friends have a heart attack. I'd probably be where Sean is if I had money.

So yea, seems like a consensus of Suby owners love corners...go figure
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Old 02-25-2006, 11:31 AM   #24
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May not be the safest or fastest way around a track - Drifting is just darn good fun.
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Old 02-25-2006, 04:15 PM   #25
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I think the general consensus is that Suby owners like to turn. If we preferred to go in a straight line more, I think we wouldn't be Suby owners (as there are better cars for going fast in a straight line). It's kinda like the Nascar vs. WRC debate. We like challenging, unpredictable driving with corners and different surfaces. Nascar fans like to go straight on pavement more than anything, and thus buy all the domestic power they can afford, hoping that the road keeps going straight. That's probably an overgeneralization, but I think there is a definite relationship with Subaru owners liking slipperier surfaces and lots of corners versus people with 2wd domestics with lots of power and rubber liking to go only in a straight line while (I think turning must take too much attention away from watching Nascar while they drive?)
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