Let's go for a drive...!

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  1. Lucky13

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    Been thinking about this lately, doesn't people do this anymore?
    Remember as a kid, waking up on a Saturday morning, or Sunday, if the weather was nice, my dad would say 'it's a nice day, let's go for a drive!'
    Get a few bits and bobs, if needed, stop by the garage and off we were, in any direction, for a few hours or the whole day...
    Did our best, to avoid the big roads, as my dad loves, as do I, those narrow, winding country roads, paved or dirt roads...
    Most of the time, talking to friends, neighbours.....'hey, the next time that yous are out, try this road, it's a great drive!'...and so on!

    Don't hear people talking about this wee outings anymore, or at least not as much, are people too busy nowadays?

    Did you do this, are you still doing it?
     
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    I still do that on my own every now and then. Just get on a road and start driving, so far I've been able to find my way back home again.
     
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    When I was a kid, we'd go for drives after Church on Sundays. In Southern California back then, there were wide open spaces and little two-lane country roads all over the place. You'd always come across neat little road-side stands selling everything from fresh fruit to drinks and snacks.

    I still do that these days (well, not right now, at least), hop into the car and go to various places around Northern California and take my camera gear along with me. Though it's not the same enjoyment as when I was kid...
     
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    Basically only on a motorcycle......
     
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    I used to do this when I have cars that I enjoyed driving like my Escort 2.1 or Peugeot CTi but, with the current crop of white bread cars nope...I cannot summon the enthusiasm.

    I 'go for a ride' on any motorbike (big or small) just for the hell of it.

    I would take a boat out for the same reasons. A Jet Ski is great fun :)
     
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    I go for a short drive <10mi virtually everyday. My way of escape from work and unwind.
     
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    Sounds like you need another motorbike Matt...
     
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    My Scion was an incredible joy to drive on these roads up here but nothing compared to my '79 BMW 320i...that little black demon would dig into those corners and come out like a rocket ship and nothing was able to escape the image of it's grill bearing down on them in thier rear-view mirror.

    Loved the hell out of that machine and it was a total stress reliever taking it out for a run (or two)...
     
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    The autobahn is amazing with large german motors barrelling along, appearing and disappearing in the blink of an eye.
    Everyone should drive flat out once.
     
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    the 320i had a tuned/lowered Alpina suspension stressbar system, cold air intake equipped mechanical fuel-injected M10 2.0 liter 4 cyl. with a close-ratio Getrag 4-speed gearbox...pure driving joy and an incredible source of adrenalin
     
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    Neat spec, I like cold air intake systems. Cold denser air = more power :)

    Fancy getting another one?
     
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    I'm too old for adrenalin. Adrenalin is only an indicator that I'm about to die.
     
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    I don't know, John...this recent fiasco with my Scion has me looking at things a little differently...

    I've spent years pushing my machines to thier limits with not so much as a scratch, yet a quiet drive home earned me a staring contest with the Grim Reaper.

    I have some time to consider what to get (I couldn't drive anything right now, anyway) and I still have my '62 Nova hibernating in my garage if I decide on nothing new at all :thumbleft:
     
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    #14 Readie, Jun 27, 2013
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    Well yes Dave, after your experience I'm not surprised mate. We only live once after all.
    Its nice to have been mad survived but, reactions slow as we get older and then its time just to swing the lamp.
    Hope your recovery is going well. The '62 sounds just the job when you are ready and able.
    I'd rather have a classic car that you don't have to belt about in than a car you feel you must drive fast...if that makes sense.
    Cheers
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    sorry Matt but adrenaline is about the only thing keeping me alive ..... ha, well can tell you from road cycling that Sundays are still the busiest during summer months as I try to leave our gorgeous valley and head up for a 75 miler or more into the Cascades - too many RV's and luxury liners cruising not paying any attention to their driving habits ~ oh what the ehck they are enjoying themselves and that is the whole point, course so am I ....
     
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    I hear ya, E. Rip it up.
     
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    Yes - or I do, if I can borrow my parent's car. :)
    I really enjoy driving, whether it's a motorcycle trip or a car ride.
    And if and when I want to go to a flea market, it's just as much the drive as it's the flea market that it's about - getting there is half the fun. :)
    Just last weekend, buddy Jørn and I went on a weekend trip to Egeskov Slot (castle) on Funen, we arrived on friday and left in sunday, that was a great weekend. :)
     
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    Sounds like fun. I'm a short trip guy anymore and a creature of habit. I get leg cramps if driving more than an hour or hour and a half without stopping and walking around a bit. Always makes me think of those WWII fighter pilots that made 7-9hr missions strapped into their seat with no ability to stretch, flex or... well... other things.
     
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    Still do it with the wife and kids. I'm lucky that I live near the Ocean Parkway on Long Island so even though I could see the Twin Towers from there, I was just minutes from seeing Deer, Rabbits, foxes and the odd, transplanted Guine Hen.
     
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