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I am an average Indian Joe to whom car is only a means of transport! 6 5.56%
I am an enthusiast! 102 94.44%
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Old 1st October 2007, 19:50   #31
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I feel my car is extension of my self irrespective of the driving mode i am in. I am an enthusiastic driver. If i feel me driving fast is safe, i don't miss the chance.
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Old 1st October 2007, 20:03   #32
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Enthusiastic depending on the traffic and the roads.

Very Enthusiastic if the road is well laid and has minimal traffic.
Enthusiastic if road is well laid and moderate traffic
Not so Enthusiastic if road is bumpy and/or in bangalore (like) peak traffic
Not at all Enthusiastic if the road is like the surface of Mars

I guess you guys get the picture....

The only two to choose " I am an average Indian Joe to whom car is only a means of transport!".. Must be ICE men !
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Old 1st October 2007, 20:05   #33
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Actually enthusiastic driving is not just about speed - its about enjoying the revs, anticipating the gearshifts, patting yourself on the back for bumps or potholes taken elegantly, getting corners just right, feeling the engine "open up" and purr at 120 on a long drive, and generally breaking into a grin at the thought of a long road journey. The occasional speed burst is just a part of it.
Isn't that the reason that karting at 30-40kmph is sooo much fun ?
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Old 1st October 2007, 20:09   #34
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I would say 95 % of the time I am an AVERAGE JOE. going from point A to B is my only aim be it a M800 or a vRS.

And I don't think its feasible to be an enthu driver in the city. If I feel like it - on the expressway or open roads I might speed up but within the city NO.

maintaining th car and getting it serviced to make it run like a dream - I am an enthusiast.
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Old 1st October 2007, 20:30   #35
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Default Enthusiast all the way!

I belong to the elite enthusiast group.

Reasons:
1. I know the racing line of every corner on my daily commute to college.
2. I love letting my car or bike stretch its legs whenever possible.
3. I love to hear exhaust roar.
4. I use double clutching and rev-matching while driving (and riding too).
5. I would happily pay 100 bucks for 100 octane fuel if needed.
6. I don't mind driving for hours on end, and the journey matters more than the destination.
7. And I don't like to keep my car or bike in stock condition. It has to have a CAI, FFE at the very least.
8. I need the tachometer very much!!


the list goes on and on....
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Old 1st October 2007, 20:38   #36
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I am an above average joe. For me my car is primarily a transport to take me from A to B. In fact I attach so much importance to this ability that I'm willing to forego many features for the sake of reliability in this regard.
That does not mean I do not enjoy my drives. On vacations I drive upto 16 hours a day, often in the mountains. My car is immaculately maintained (not necessarily immaculately clean) and is always in as reliable a form as it can ever be. And my car 'talks' to me!! (That's what makes it so much simpler for me to know what needs doing).
I sometimes rip it to near redline, sometimes try dubious 4WD patches and check out its handling abilities. But that's pretty rare.
I maintain a comprehensive 'car-log' wherein all kinds of data and information is entered. Right from routine fills to all repairs, costs, transit times during outstation travel etc.....
Others are not allowed to drive my car.
I think I am one of the GOOD average joes.
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Old 1st October 2007, 20:43   #37
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well, without going into the meaning of enthusiastic

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Actually enthusiastic driving is not just about speed - its about enjoying the revs,
speed comes with it.

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anticipating the gearshifts, patting yourself on the back for bumps or potholes taken elegantly, getting corners just right,
this is what an avg joe would do too.

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feeling the engine "open up" and purr at 120 on a long drive,
speed again

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and generally breaking into a grin at the thought of a long road journey.
got me there

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The occasional speed burst is just a part of it.
Isn't that the reason that karting at 30-40kmph is sooo much fun ?
no, carting gives you heightened sense of speed at low speeds. it's just the same adreneline rush but at safe speeds.
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Old 2nd October 2007, 00:55   #38
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I am a sedate driver when I have the road all for myself and I usually drive below speed limits. When I am driving just for fun and not trying to get anywhere and see traffic, I try to weave out of it by driving fast.
The enthusiast in me comes out only when I see a corner. More often than not I like to hear the tyres squeal when I turn a corner. The slowest speed at which I made the tyres squeal was 20 mph, but its just a badly built american FWD.
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I think I am an enthusiast, sensitive to even a little difference when the car speaks (response, various noises). Would like to rip some times, on top of all these I find the engine roar intoxicating.
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vivek, i hear ya. Tho the average Sumo cab guy doing 80+ and me doing the same along the same highway are two very different things. Speed is often part of an enthusiasts drive, but not all of it. Its the little bits you enjoy, accompanying speed or otherwise, that make you a rush and add the smile as you drive.
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Actually enthusiastic driving is not just about speed - its about enjoying the revs, anticipating the gearshifts, patting yourself on the back for bumps or potholes taken elegantly, getting corners just right, feeling the engine "open up" and purr at 120 on a long drive, and generally breaking into a grin at the thought of a long road journey. The occasional speed burst is just a part of it.
Isn't that the reason that karting at 30-40kmph is sooo much fun ?
Ditto. TwentyCharacters
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Ethusiast. which ever way you look at it. I ride for myself.
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Old 25th October 2007, 23:09   #43
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I am an average Indian Joe to whom car is only a means of transport.
I would prefer a bus/rickshaw or maybe an auto transmission if I had to drive.. or maybe hire a driver and I'll sit in the back seat.
what is all this revving,shifting,accelarating ,turbo shurbo ,engine noise,exhaust etc , all freakin noise and air pollution and money waste
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Old 25th October 2007, 23:23   #44
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My cars are always on my mind

Even if i have not driven 1 car for few days still i keep its report card with me (in my mind offcourse) by interrogating those in the family who have been driving it.

My family is sick of me bcoz of this aspect of mine
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I belong to the elite enthusiast group.

Reasons:
1. I know the racing line of every corner on my daily commute to college.
2. I use double clutching and rev-matching while driving (and riding too).
3. And I don't like to keep my car or bike in stock condition. It has to have a CAI, FFE at the very least.
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1.Hope there is no oncoming / other traffic when you take your racing line in your commute to college next time ( assuming college commutes happen in Public roads and in peak time ).
2. does your car have a constant mesh gear box? you do not have to double clutch in modern cars with synchromesh gear boxes.
3. Does the OE Cat Con remain with the FFE ?
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