11 February 2006

Honda Civic Esi vs Nissan 200SX

Pam's comment from my earlier blog got me thinking back to that fateful day in 1994 when I was in NTU. It was a memorable year for me. A year where I got booted out of the hostel and barred from future application despite having 500+ ECA points.

As bad as it sounds, it was a blessing in disguise as I realised with my folks away overseas, the condo and car was all mine. Ahh yes, the bachelor's perfect accessories. A house key and a car key.

So there I was that morning where I woke up at 10am (Don't ask me what I did the night before coz I'm not telling! ) and I had a very important-die-die-cannot-miss lecture at 10:30 am, Lecture Theatre 19 in the North Spine.

By the time, I washed up, got dressed and out the door, the watch said 10:10 am.

I was driving a modest Honda Civic Esi at that time as I sped down Ulu Pandan, Clementi and then up PIE via Clementi Avenue 6 that would even put Initial D to shame. However, due to the traffic lights and local traffic leading up the highway, it was 10:20 am when I eventually get onto the highway.

I was at the entrance on the highway and I saw the gap in the innermost lane. I went for it in the smoothest of transition over 3 lanes in a single swoop.

But then hor...

The Nissan 200SX that I ended up in front of wasn't too happy about it and decided to tail-gate me aggressively.

I was thinking, "OK lor. If you not happy, I give the lane back to you lor." and I shifted back to the middle lane for him to pass.

But no....

As I shifted to the middle lane, the Nissan followed suit and continued to tail-gate me aggressively in the middle lane. Figuring that he was just being pissed at me and had no intention to overtake, I speeded up back to the overtaking lane as I tried to make up for lost time. I am going to be late already...

I went back to the innermost lane. Tail-gater again followed suit.

"Damn. What do I have to do to shake him off?"

I move up to 130 km/h. We were still bumper to bumper.

140 km/h? Nope. Still there gnashing at my tail.

Around this time, I could see all the cars in the innermost lane ahead all siam to the middle lane to make way for us.

150 km/h. Still there. Eyes focus ahead toward the road shoulder on the left, looking out for a parked white car in orange stripes.

160 km/h. Not letting up. If I kena traffic police, my driving days hong kan liao.

By now, I passed Corporation Road already and begin to wonder when this guy is ever going to get off the highway? Bearing in mind that during that time, Jalan Bahar is one of the last exits already, surely, he should be getting off earlier?

170 km/h. I am beginning to pull away albeit slightly.

Finally shook him off as my needle breached the 180 km/h mark. Heng ah, no TP in sight.

As I pulled into the car park, my grip on the steering wheel took a while to release. While I wasn't sweating, I was panting like mad, as a result of adrenaline overdose.

The watch says 10:32 am. Technically I was late but given that the Lecturer takes about 5 to 10 minutes to settle down and start the lecture proper, I was still considered on time.

I grabbed my files and headed for the LT where the Nissan 200SX pull up alongside.

My adrenaline relaunched itself into overdrive as I get ready to fight this guy. If this bladdy joker was so adamant in chasing me down, Lim Peh show hand liao. Bring it on!

"Eh? Jinx? WTF?? That was you in the Nissan?? You Mother-F*cker!!! You almost gave me a heart attack!! KNNBCCB!!!!! #$%$#^&*&^*&#@!!@@!!!!"

In return, all I got was the silliest prankster-grin that you can imagine.

Here's the thing. Jinx was my classmate and lived very near me. He too was late for class. I didn't know that he had a second car which explained why I didn't recognise him on the road earlier, without his Volvo 940.

Cheeky Bastard!

Oh yes, one more thing. We both made it for class that day.
- Voxeros

1. Jaschocolate left...
Saturday, 11 February 2006 8:09 am
Huh? Then why he kept chasing you? Purposely one ah? Thought he should overtake u and rushhhhhh to the class..

2. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 11 February 2006 8:56 am ::
Jaschocolate: Yah lah... bladdy joker realised that I didn't recognise him in the 200SX and so decided to play a prank on me lor.

3. Jaschocolate left...
Saturday, 11 February 2006 11:53 am
Then what will you do if u recognise him? Still need to rush to school one leh...
Yipee, i off work liao.. Going home... :p

4. Sly left...
Saturday, 11 February 2006 12:24 pm ::
you damn hiong leh... but bumper to bumper should be able to see his face ma, unless his windscreen is heavily tinted.

5. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 11 February 2006 12:30 pm :: 
Jaschocolate: Had I known that it was merely a prank, I wouldn't have driven so fast. It's really mad to be traveling at that kind of speed in 10am traffic.
With the Nissan, the speeding wasn't about making the lecture anymore, it was about trying to get away instead.

Sly: I couldn't see his face with the sun behind us and casting a shadow over him as we travel west.

6. Sly left...
Saturday, 11 February 2006 7:28 pm ::
yeah, then when u travel in the evening on AYE towards west, the sun will blind u.

7. kIm left...
Saturday, 11 February 2006 8:25 pm
argh!! I could have killed your server. I typed such a long comment then it suddenly say "server cant be found"

Anyhow, shifu!! *kow tow* 180km/hr!!! I dun even dare to go above 120km/hr. (actually, with my mom in the backseat, wanna go above 100 also difficult.. haha)

But hor, if I were you, I would probably slow down so slow, see he still wanna tailgate me not. That is if I don't have to rush to school la. Hahaha..

8. SB left...
Sunday, 12 February 2006 4:26 am
Shit, you had a car during university. All the girls must have belong(ed) to you.

9. JayWalk left...
Sunday, 12 February 2006 5:19 am :: 
Sly: Well, it was in the morning and the sun was behind me then. Just as equally blind when looking at the rear-view mirror.

kIm: Sorry about the server, it's probably a Singapore thing coz it was working fine from my side while Vanna and Jaslyn were also complaining about my blog not loading today. I think everything is back to normal now.

Acherly, there was this other occasion where this idiot was in front of me repeatedly jamming his brakes while deliberately driving haphazardly.

I switched lanes a couple of times only to have him in front of me, slamming his brakes again.

Same place PIE hearding towards Jalan Bahar where I had to make a last minute hand-brake turn exiting PIE only to have him overshoot the exit.

SB: Well, yes and no. A nice set of wheels is certainly a big plus. When I was getting the car, it was a toss-up between a 1-yr-old Toyota Corolla, a 1-yr-old Honda Civic Esi and a 5-yr-old BMW 520i. I picked the Honda based on performance during the test drive sessions. It was really a good and responsive car.

On hindsight, I should have gotten the Beemer, had I known what a babe magnet it was going to be. Dang!

10. winter left...
Sunday, 12 February 2006 10:16 pm
ya lor... i also got problem.. hurhurhur
u SPEEEEEEED till this limit
sibei scary.. luckily got no passengers.. hahaha. i dare not imagine sia
luckily u never puke :P

11. Jaschocolate left...
Monday, 13 February 2006 8:07 am
You already got sooooooooo many gals liao.. u still need the car meh?

12. JayWalk left...
Monday, 13 February 2006 9:45 am :: 
winter: If I have passengers, I will never drive until so hiong one lah. Was that last time you rode in my car considered driving fast? I thought I drove very slowly liao, now that my trips back to Singapore are my vacation time. Super relax one. Besides, not my car. Either rental or borrowed and so don't dare to 乱乱来.

Jaschocolate: Will there EVER be enough? Oops.

13. Jaschocolate left...
Monday, 13 February 2006 10:56 am
Wau lao, i hope ur wife see this leh...

14. winter left...
Monday, 13 February 2006 11:16 am
ya.. luckily u drove slowly..
but that's because u were SLEEPY!!!

15. JayWalk left...
Monday, 13 February 2006 4:11 pm :: 
Jaschocolate: Aiyah. She used to it already lah. Or else still will marry me meh?

winter: Oops!

16. Jaschocolate left...
Monday, 13 February 2006 7:44 pm
Her eyes got stamps loh... Haiz...

17. JayWalk left...
Monday, 13 February 2006 10:03 pm :: 
Jaschocolate: Got stamps? Got ham also too late liao. Married 9 years liao. Muahahaha.....

18. Pam left...
Tuesday, 14 February 2006 1:51 am
it was Jinx?!?! :) how's he anyway? my fastest driving speed is.. oh... 110mph? (what's that in kmh? 140-150?)... given that the speed limit on the motorway's 70, i was chancing it. but not anymore. can't risk the damn points (the police are out to get us! - put more cameras and thingies all over the damn place).

seriously tho, i think they should do like the german autobahn system. it's great. was in a porsche once on the autobahn, it was going ridiculously fast and i was freaking out. better than a rollercoaster ride!!

19. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 14 February 2006 8:25 am :: 
Pam: 110mph is about 170 km/h! At our kind of speed, you can forget about points already. It is straight to Court and having your license kantong-ed!

Autobahn is like wow! You can drive like 250 km/h and still keep to the middle lane coz somebody WILL be overtaking you.

I remembered heading up to Genting on the NS Highway. We were driving at 200 km/h and this motorbike not only overtook us but overtook us convincingly!!

Still, I think we shouldn't have the Autobahn here coz our drivers are not mature enough to use it correctly and safely yet.

20. aloe left...
Tuesday, 14 February 2006 9:44 am
Yah, she too late to back out liao. Cannot Hiam... Married 9yrs and 2 kids.... haaa!!
The fastest I did, 130km/hr nia. Small fry la... heheheh!

21. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 14 February 2006 9:54 am :: 
Anna: Starting our 10th year this year. Mai siao siao hor!

Pam: Btw, last I heard, Jinx is married with a kid. After that lost touch liao.

22. Jaschocolate left...
Tuesday, 14 February 2006 11:21 am
Haiz.. no driving licence.. with ppl like u all driving, i think i am better off without it anyway...

23. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 14 February 2006 11:36 am ::
Jaschocolate: IMHO, I think learning to drive is a good investment.

24. Jaschocolate left...
Tuesday, 14 February 2006 12:31 pm
IMHO is what huh?

25. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 14 February 2006 12:41 pm ::
Jaschocolate: IMHO = In My Humble Opinion.

26. Jaschocolate left...
Tuesday, 14 February 2006 1:38 pm
Oh sodesune... but IMHO, u are not humble ah?

27. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 14 February 2006 1:43 pm
Jaschocolate: At least I got try mah... :(

28. Jaschocolate left...
Tuesday, 14 February 2006 4:29 pm
heehee.. ok loh... i forgive u :p

29. Pam left...
Tuesday, 14 February 2006 6:29 pm
of course, not advocating that the autobahn system be implemented in sg - i meant over here. i'm convinced if the speed limit went up at least by another 10 or 20mph, it'll be better all round. the autobahn is great. really. and funny is, when we're in a car travelling at their speed, you don't really feel like you're 'speeding'... of course, the porsche is different. :)

30. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 14 February 2006 6:57 pm :: 
Pam: Singapore so small, want to autobahn also cannot. By the time you hit any decent speed, you will find yourself sinking into the sea coz you overshot Tuas!

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