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Old January 23rd, 2008, 10:04 PM
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I feel it on that Exige S.

Big time.

Is that you, Ron?
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Old January 24th, 2008, 01:48 PM
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Hypothetical for you guys.

Let's say you score a "realistic" Ferrari. By "realistic", I'm not talking about a 288 GTO or F40 or Enzo. Rather, I mean something like a Testarossa, BB, 308, 328, 360, etc.

Would you guys install a ham radio in such a car?
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Old January 24th, 2008, 01:57 PM
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Personally, no, I wouldn't. My only vehicles with radios are my Disco and my F-250.
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Old January 24th, 2008, 02:45 PM
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Hell no. I wouldn't install anything. A plain jane 328 would be good by me.

And the Toyota engine is a deal breaker for me in the Lotus.
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Old January 24th, 2008, 04:35 PM
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I am not even sure if I would install a radio.
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Old January 24th, 2008, 05:13 PM
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And the Toyota engine is a deal breaker for me in the Lotus.


Just curious, but why?
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Old January 24th, 2008, 06:47 PM
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Is that you, Ron?


lol...
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Old January 24th, 2008, 07:32 PM
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Ferrari 599 GTB.



or

Audi R8




Here is GT3 vs. R8


I still want the R8
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Old January 24th, 2008, 08:28 PM
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I'm also hesitant to install a radio into something like a 308/328/348/355/360/etc. It feels like butchering the car. (There's now way on earth I could bring myself to install a radio into something like a 288 GTO, F40, or Enzo. That would be fucked up. It's just wrong.)

The reason I asked about the ham radio is because I'm wondering now if it would be fun to own these cars. Not that I'm into creating a "custom" Ferrari or anything. I can't stand those things. But just hesitating to do any mods at all like installing a ham radio or making the 12V socket always hot or even changing out the battery with an Odyssey makes me wonder now. Even assembling my baby Snap-on tool kit for the car would kind of suck, as it would replace the shitty-but-factory tool kit supplied with the car.

That's one reason I was thinking about a car like the Exige S. It is, as Jack likes to say, a "guilt-free" car. The Exige is a semi rice rocket to start with anyway. It smells like a "tuner" car or kit car, but it's from a pedigreed make like Lotus instead of something like Honda or Toyota. It's utterly replaceable. Even if I crashed it, that would suck, but I wouldn't be too distraught about it. It's just a car. If I wanted to install a ham radio into it, I just might. And I might end up having more fun owning an Exige than an F40.
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Old January 24th, 2008, 08:39 PM
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Check out these two Testarossas on eBay:







Man, it just ain't the same without the centerlocks.

Don't get me wrong. Both are kick ass. I certainly wouldn't KOB the second Testarossa.

But the centerlocks are so sweet.
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Old January 24th, 2008, 09:57 PM
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John, I just saw a Lotus Elise on the way home. it's too dinky. TOO damn small. almost "go-kart small."
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Old January 24th, 2008, 11:10 PM
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Quote:
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I feel it on that Exige S.

Big time.

Quote:
Originally Posted by JSQ
Is that you, Ron?

Quote:
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lol...

Oh no, not you.

Ron Brown.
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Old January 24th, 2008, 11:12 PM
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I am not even sure if I would install a radio.

No ham radio, that's for damn sure.

I wouldn't tear out a stereo that was installed, but if I was buying new at the dealership and there was a "stereo delete" option, I'd get it that way.
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Old January 24th, 2008, 11:20 PM
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I've been shopping.

It looks like Mondial Ts are still on my likely to own list.
I'm glad the market keeps ignoring them so that when I'm ready to make the jump, my perfect car will be out there and well within reach.

I feel like going to kick some tires...
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Old January 25th, 2008, 05:02 AM
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Just curious, but why?


There's nothing wrong with it, but to somehow be discussing vehicles like the Porsches and Ferraris and then have a Lotus / Toyota hybrid come up just feels wrong to me. I'm sure the car is fun as hell, but its not the same as a Ferrari.

Early 90's Lotus Esprit Turbos are relatively affordable. My brother in law owns a 89 1/2 Lotus. That is a really decent timeless looking car with ton of performance. Make the jump into the V8 and you've got a really fun car.

Radio delete would be the ticket on a Ferrari. I can't stand seeing these beautiful cars with the factory stereo ripped out and replaced with some ghetto Pioneer.
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Old January 25th, 2008, 09:39 AM
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I think originally they wanted to source the S2000 motor, but Honda refused. That coulda have been a pretty interesting combo.

Personally, I prefer the Elise over the Exige. You know if they're making a supercharged version of that?
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Old January 25th, 2008, 10:46 AM
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Make my Ferrari a 512TR, please.


Damn, I actually agree with you on this one.

For the past few days I've been thinking about which "realistic" Ferrari I would want to own. Favorites like the 288 GTO, F40, and Enzo are out of the question because of cost. Not that I can afford the other Ferrari models, but at least they don't cost in the hundreds of thousands or even a million or more.

I've been scoping out pics of the 308, 328, 348, 355, 360, Testarossa, 512 TR, BB, and so on. I think the 512 TR is my most wanted "realistic" Ferrari now. By "realistic", I mean that I have as much chance of owning a 512 TR as I do a Mk3.

The 512 TR is a top-of-the-line Ferrari, unlike the 308-360 models. The 512 TR doesn't look dated and a little ridiculous today like the Testarossa. The Testarossa is still bad ass, but the exterior styling is a little pimp daddy now and the interior is just horrible. Even the engine is ugly, I think.

The 512 TR, on the other hand, still looks damn good. It has all of the styling features of the Testarossa but with slightly updated shapes. The 512 TR's interior is also really nice. And the engine looks like a Ferrari engine, with two air filters, etc. I dig it.

Yeah, 512 TR. That's the one I want. Red with black interior please. I can live without the centerlocks.
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Old January 25th, 2008, 02:13 PM
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this thread has evolved into another dangerous one... i'll just stay away from this one.
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Old January 26th, 2008, 10:49 PM
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Once again, crank up the volume when you peep the video.
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Old January 27th, 2008, 01:12 AM
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Old January 27th, 2008, 01:42 AM
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How did my old college roommate score this car? I'm pissed.
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Old January 27th, 2008, 11:02 AM
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Defenders and Lotuses are soul-mates. If you love one, you'll love the other. I haven't driven the Exige, but the Elise is just phenomenal fun - especially in alien-puke green.

To stay on topic, I have G4 envy. I come back periodically just to look at the rangie.
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Old January 27th, 2008, 02:36 PM
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There was a Ferrari 348 in the parking lot of my club this afternoon. Red with targa, it didn't look 14 years old...
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Old January 27th, 2008, 03:27 PM
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John,
Have you found Victory By Design: Ferrari yet?

You won't be disappointed.
Alain de Cadenet is a fantastic host and driver.
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Old January 28th, 2008, 06:45 AM
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I celebrate the entire VBD catalog - Alfa Romeo is my favorite.
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