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Day four: rush, madness, gala

The three of us drove eleven cars all in all

03/10/2013 11:39 |  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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  • 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)
This was the last day of the Tannistest so we had to make the most of it.

In the morning it was time to do a small comparison test between the Mazda 3, the Peugeot 308 and the Toyota Auris. To give the day a good start, Tibor got stuck in the sand with the Mazda 3, so Zsolt and I got our fair share of morning exercise pushing the car out.

We all drove all three cars to get an impression of each.  It was very useful to jump from one car to the other, comparing them directly.

After returning the cars and the keys it was time for some fun: Zsolt took the Maserati Ghibli S Q4 for a ride and I followed him in a Mercedes-Benz S 400 Hybrid. After a short drive we swapped cars and in the end were both impressed by the hybrid Benz: although it is more than a 100 PS short of the Ghibli's 410 PS, we felt no significant difference between the performance and the acceleration of the two.

The next couple was The Jaguar F-type V8 and the Porsche Cayman Tibor tested the day before - two sports cars having almost nothing in common. The Jag's 495 PS simply rips off the drivers head, scaring the one behind the wheel to death. While the smallest F-type with the little 340 PS V6 engine was sheer fun, this one was a butcher.

The Porsche had mere 275 PS hidden under the boot, so it was not as fast as the F-type, but it was really great to drive. I could write an ode to the way the stick shift works.

The Jag was really bizarre. I had told Tibor to take it for a spin by any means, so he grabbed the keys while I followed him in a Seat Leon ST FR 1.8 TSI, a station wagon with DSG gearbox and 180 horses. It had no chance to keep up with the F-type, but the Leon turned out to be quite a sporty wagon anyway.

To spend the next two hours as efficiently as possible, Zsolt went to drive a Renault Captur, a Nissan Leaf and a Ford Kuga. In the meantime Tibor and I lent a journalist taking some pictures of the Tesla, the Zoe and the i3 a helping hand.

Before the gala dinner I asked the Mitsubishi guys to open the doors of the 1980 classic Mitsubishi, the black Colt. I had doubts about the Colt ever being available in black, but the colour-code on the front left inner arch verified that it had indeed been resprayed in its original colour.

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