i have become quite a walking car encyclopedia.
i have learned a lot about cars in the past few weeks. i can hold a conversation, comparing cars and their specs, and their price versus value for money. i was chatting to a car dealer today, holding my own completely, and i even heard the words 'power versus weight ratio' coming out of my mouth! i was channeling that guy from top gear!...
...i think. i have never watched top gear.
seriously, i'm most guys fantasy. i can compare a tuscon with a sportage, and compare the prices of automatic versus manual. i know which are korean, and which are japanese, and which are american, and which are german. i know that which car is under warranty for how long, and i know which has the longest maintenance plan. i can debate about whether buying new is better than buying secondhand. i even know about fuel efficiency and carbon emissions and ENCAP safety ratings!
ugh! i hate that!
i know many guys who, the moment they drive their new car off the lot, start looking at what they would like to buy next. but i am one of those people who would drive a car for ever. i have no real desire to buy a new car. i find the whole thing quite stressful.
but i must. i have been spending more on my and francois' cars per year to fix them, than some people pay in installments.
so, i'm looking for a car. and talking to everyone about it.
the thing is that everyone has an opinion. a strong opinion. and everyone knows someone who is the best guy to buy a car from. and heaven forbid i do not follow his advice! i can see that there are many 'i told you so' s in my future...
as sean and i were leaving the shop today, we found this in the parking lot. of course, no 12.5 year old's life is complete if he has no photos of this amazing experience, to show his friends.
as he was posing (with my car keys in his hand, not the ferrari's) for photos next to the car, the owner came out. and he made sean's
day week year.
he insisted that sean get in, in the driver's seat. sean, who is normally quite shy, was squealing in delight...
then the guy made him scoot over, and gave him a lift to the exit of the parking lot.
sean got out with shaky legs. and when we got in my dirty, old, uncool car, he said, in a tiny voice...
...'i think i'm going to pass out'...
by the way: it is a ferrari 612 Scaglietti.
it shares its naturally aspirated 5.7 L (5748 cc) V12 engine with the 575M Maranello. The Tipo F133E engine produces 397 kW (533 hp) at 7250 rpm and 588 N·m (433 ft·lbf) at 5250 rpm with a compression ratio of 11.2:1. The car is capable of 315 km/h (195 mph) and has a 100 km/h time of 4.3 seconds. It comes with two six speed transmission options: a conventional manual or the F1A semi-automatic paddle shift system, a much refined version of the F1 system in the 360.
i think sean may just be excited to go to school tomorrow, for a change!
jacki janse van rensburg - SCRAPPIN TIMES scrapbook shop, benoni, gauteng, south africa