Friday, February 24, 2006
In all that time , I have never really inflicted any serious "mentoring" discussions on him (you know, stay in school, don’t do drugs, try not to get anyone pregnant, etc.), but I do emphasize again and again the sports car essentials. You need:
- Decent power-to-weight ratio.
- Great handling.
- Rear wheel drive.
- Coupe or convertible.
- Two seats strongly preferable.
(On these last couple of points, the RX-8 is admittedly a compromise, but I have two little kids of my own now).
- And it absolutely MUST have a stick.
Turns out maybe it’s their role models. Daniel Craig, the new 007, can’t shift the gears on his Aston Martin DB5.
UPDATE: Tim Blair notes that Daniel Craig is also afraid of guns and boats. This new James Bond movie is going to resemble a Merchant Ivory production.
I was a late convert to manual transmission, but you're absolutely right. Even in my putzy old '92 Honda Civic, I loved it. Alas, my current '03 Civic, though it has a bigger engine than the '92 did, is an automatic, and I definitely miss the stick. (We got it sans stick to make it easier for E to handle. Of course, she hasn't driven it once in the two years we've owned it. Sigh.)
On the other hand, it's a helluva lot easier to eat and drive in traffic at the same time with an automatic.