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Day two: playing on the beach, screaming on the road

A day full of emotions

01/10/2013 08:31 | Comments: 

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Sipi is a fairy who hangs above us like a huge, ever-smiling, men’s fragrance-smelling umbrella. He can be called anytime, anywhere to lend a helping hand, and he’ll be there in an hour with one of his Transits for sure. A dangerously maniac car collector (the street in front of his house is full of his vehicles), a radio-control and model car freak, Sipos is a Swiss knife made of human flesh. Totalcar is just one job amongst his zillion occupations, but he endears it the most. Lives with a girlfriend and two dogs.

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vehicles

  • Mitsubishi Sigma 3.0 24V (1992)
  • Mazda 323 TXL 4WD (1990)
  • 4 long-nose Transits (a 4x4 fire engine, a fire department staff car, an ex-Irish ambulance and an extremely oversized panel van, 1980-1984)
  • Dacia 1300 (1975, being restored)
  • Ford Capri 2.9i (1982)
  • Mercedes-Benz 280 SEL 4.5 (1972)
  • Ford Sierra Tournier 2.9i drift-car (1992)
  • Mazda 121 4dr (1993)
  • Suzuki VS1400 Intruder (1989)
  • Suzuki GSX 750 New Katana (1984)
  • Kawasaki Z1000 Police (1993)
  • Aprilia Habana (2000)
  • Volga M24 wagon (1984)
  • Ural M62 (1968, in pieces)
A Jaguar F-Type S, a Suzuki SX4 S-Cross, a Renault Zoe, a Mitsubishi Space Star, a Tesla Model S, and a BMW 420d on the second day’s menu.

Monday morning we started off on the sandy beach of Tannisby where, according to the long tradition, all the cars running in the competition would be photographed. Our transports were a four wheel drive Suzuki SX4 S-cross and a Jaguar F-Type S.

Guess which was the one that almost got stuck in the sand? We were only looking for a shady spot to take a few snaps of the car’s interior.

Once on the sandy beach we had to test the two cars’ handling on soft ground.  It was pure technical interest that made us drift the two cars in the sand. Having fun was out of the question, we are professionals.

But we can’t always keep our cool, there are cars that awaken emotions. Most of today’s drives were such cars: driving the F-Type S made the ones sitting in it scream for more, and Renault’s little electric car called Zoe was a pleasant surprise for all of us. Even the Space Star earned impassionate comments.

Today’s big gun was the Tesla Model S. Judging by the way it drives I must say it can’t be a car. It must be the first machine that makes hyperspace-jumping possible.

There can be no other explanation for what I experienced during acceleration. No noise, no hesitation, no throttle-blip, no gears changing. Just the sound of your neck breaking by the G-forces as you push the accelerator down and woosh, the car in front of you disappears. And the one in front of that, too. All this with the power of electrons.

So we had two mini cars, a compact SUV, a sports car, a coupe, and an electric sedan on today’s list. We drove 9 cars, and there are 22 more on the list of contestants.

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