Well, we just got the first good snow in a LONG time today, and it was great. Now, my '87GT is bieng restored, and my '84 SC is out of commision right now, so I didn't have any little fun car to take out! So, I grabbed my keys, and jumped in my mother's '88 Isuzu Trooper! I was a little bit scared, because everytime you go around a corner, it seems like the thing will roll over! It was fine though. I picked up my little bro and his friend, and did donuts and burnouts in the church parking lots around town. The little ones loved it! I just wish I could have done it in my GT!
Posts: 4667 From: St. Cloud, MN Registered: Apr 99
Like i said in the "where's monkeyman" thread, I love doing donuts.. and it's also helped with my winter driving! I can hold my car in a slide through corners if I want, sometimes it's even easier to take them that way. And when the tail of my car kicks out, i don't freak, I know how to correct it now. Whip donuts in an empty parking lot whenever you have the chance! It's fun and you'll pick up skills!
I've never driven alone in winter before, so I asked a friend to teach me some winter driving tricks. Most of the stuff he told me I already knew, and was already doing. We went out to an arena parking lot to practice recovering from slides.. I watched Dale several times, then I tried. First time, I was able to get the car going the right way again, except for one small problem.
I was too slow to correct, and the car stopped about 10 feet further than when Dale did it. The problem was, there was a HUGE SNOWBANK 7 feet further than when Dale stopped the car.
Yep. I got the car stuck 3 FEET in a snowbank.. it lifted the front end up (4" gap between the tire and fender.. sure looked funny) and the front wheels weren't on the ground. After we dug out the tires, they were spinning in the air. Needless to say, we had to shovel the whole thing out. (including under the car...) Took over half an hour.. I'm glad I put a shovel in the trunk, just in case..
That's the 2nd time I've got a car stuck in a snowbank, but the first time it was actually my fault. (other time was during a driving lesson.. first time driving in snow ever, and it was the worst blizzard of the year.. crazy instructor, kept telling me to go faster.. then he told me to turn, without braking before the turn. buried his little honda civic.. haha)
OH OH on second thought, I do have some car stories?? Back in High School (mid 60s) a friend had a 63 Ford Galaxy, a few days after a big snow he/we were in this big parking lot that had a hudge pile of snow about in the middle of it. His thought was to run into this snow as fast as he could and watch it fly in all directions?? And sure we all egged him on! Do you have any idea how solid a pile of snow/slush gets while sitting in the sun for a couple days??? (we didn't either, nor even stopped to think about it) Needless to say he got back as far as he could from the pile and floored it, that old 390 would scream and with the tires spinning he took off. 20, 30, maybe 50mph (really it was a big lot, but he couldn't have been going more than 20mph) He hit that snow bank, head hit the steering wheel, a$$ end of the car went up in the air! Car stopped like he had hit a MAC truck head on! Now we are NOT talking an Escort here folks this was a full sized Ford. After we all picked ourselves up from laughing our butts off we went over to check him out. He just sit there kind of dazed?? but was OK, somewhat in shock, but the car was messed up good. Destroyed the bumper, grill, hood and damaged both front fenders. It may have been FORD tough, but that snow was tougher So I guess the point here is??? Stand by and watch your buddy destroy a FORD NO NO NO NO it would be to make sure you know what you are driving into. The life you save may be Monkeymans
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upp here in the frozen reaches of canada it can be quite fun sometimes. (intenionally or not.-))
this is the first winter my fiero has seen and so far ive only put it in the ditch once. (although i did 3 times in the summer..go figure.)
i live in a small town, so i can do lots of "ace ventura" type parking in front of the local coffee shop. tee hee..always turns heads when people see the sharpest looking car in town do stuff like that. AHH who am i kidding, when my fiero is just sittting there it still turns heads..-)
Posts: 15796 From: N. Wilkesboro, NC, USA Registered: Nov 1999
dog--Funny you should say that about saving my life. I got run off the road today by a bigger car (OK...I know that's all of them, but I don't know what it was). Luckily for me, the snow had turned to ice. I slid across the top for about 50 ft and drove right back on the highway. I didn't even bother to slow down. Really freaked out the little old lady in the Civic behind me. She was all over the road. Thank God for lightweight, butt heavy cars!!!
Posts: 431 From: Sacramento, California Registered: Dec 1999
To all of you living down South where it's warm: Kiss my big, fat monkey butt!!! Just kidding, maybe. Here in Indiana it's currently -2F, the wind is picking up and they're calling for another inch or so of snow tonight. And it's supposed to snow tomorrow, too. The donuts were fun for a few days, but now I'm ready for some sun and 70s.
Several months ago in a parking lot by the mall, I saw an '87-'88 coupe all painted up just like a '96 Corvette Grand Sport. It was solid blue, with a wide solid singe white racing stripe running the entire car. It also had wheels that looked like they came off the G.S. and it even had that double red stripe/slash on the front drivers side fender. It looked awsome, I want a Fiero that looks like that.