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mazaite

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« Reply #40 on: 09-12-2003 00:53 »

Well his parent's house seems to be outside of the city. (where I'm sure he was living still after High School for a while.) And there are places outside of the city proper that people go. So you know a car does come in handy at times. And there wern't ZipCars back then.
SHLEY

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« Reply #41 on: 09-16-2003 20:56 »

i'm amused at the comments made about automatics. go to any drag strip and see what wins the most drags. sure, manuals are cool and macho, but for consistency you can't beat an automatic.
BTW- the chevy citation was a "X-car" not the nova which was the continuance of the Chevy 2.
canned eggs

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« Reply #42 on: 09-16-2003 22:53 »

Not a drag racer.  I'm a road racer.  And in road racing, automatic transmissions have numerous and serious disadvantages.  My uncle was a drag racer; he had a FI 427 that ran 11's back when that was a big deal.  He had a manual, because in those old domestics you could powershift somehow without clutching.  I don't really get it, but it beat automatics all the time.  Consistency and mechanical forgiveness is great if you don't have talent, but a manual transmission is lighter and orders of magnitude less lossy than a torque converter automatic.  And if you're rallying, forget about automatics altogether.  It's all a matter of what you need out of the car.  And an automatic transmission would get in the way of what I need.

And lots of people drive in NYC; that's why there's so much traffic.  Hence Fry's joke in Lesser of Two Evils.
FilthyCrab

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« Reply #43 on: 09-17-2003 12:33 »

The Chevy Nova that Fry would have known about / owned wasn't a cross-brand, it was pure North American (General Motors) "muscle car"  Though lord knows it wasn't in the same class as a trans am or 'cuda.  It was the poor man's muscle car, and it drove like one (i.e. it was crap on wheels).  I don't remember it actually having an exploding gas tank problem, but they were notorious for rusting out within days of leaving the dealership lot.  Again, crap on wheels.

It did come with a manual transmition (a GM 3 speed), so it is reasonable to think that Fry knew how to drive stick. 

The Nova also came with an optional automatic, which given North American laziness in driving, was the likliest way for one of these cars to be delivered from the factory.  Based on this, it could be argued that Fry wasn't likely to have owned a manual version of the car since they were so much more rare.

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mazaite

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« Reply #44 on: 09-20-2003 13:37 »

 
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Originally posted by FilthyCrab:
The Chevy Nova that Fry would have known about / owned wasn't a cross-brand, it was pure North American (General Motors) "muscle car" 

And how do you know this? He never made a time refrence when he said it. It could easaly have been an 80's shitty nova.

And SHLEY I like the way you confuse Gross incompotence at the track as being a plus for automatics. The reason Autos do better is because most of you all can't even manage to drive in a straight line consistantly well.

Dragracers.....
SHLEY

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« Reply #45 on: 09-21-2003 10:15 »

"most of you all"-are you referring to southerners, or americans, or what ?. good god man ! can you make your point in an intelligent manner ?
Frymeister

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« Reply #46 on: 09-21-2003 15:10 »

probably
mazaite

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« Reply #47 on: 09-22-2003 02:11 »

 
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Originally posted by SHLEY:
"most of you all"-are you referring to southerners, or americans, or what ?. good god man ! can you make your point in an intelligent manner ?

Very well. By "you all" I was refering to Drag *ahem* "racers" Who belive mastering one simple driving task (two if your cerebellum is advanced enough to allow you to work your foot and hand at the same time in a coordinated manner allowing you to run with a manual transmission like a real driver) and spending a lot of money on their engine makes them a race car driver.

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SHLEY

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« Reply #48 on: 09-22-2003 20:39 »

racing, like any other competitive sport brings forth the desire for an "edge". whether it's the eclipse driver using nitrous, the rally racer using a "questionable" camshaft, or the drag racer using a highly modified auto tranny, everone(the smart ones)is looking for that "edge" to help them win. again, it has nothing to do with skill, only the desire to win with what's availible.
mazaite

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« Reply #49 on: 09-23-2003 01:24 »

However the rally driver still needs to know the fundamentals of competition driving. But this has gone too far off topic. Feel free to open a race driving topic in the offtopic if you want to keep discussing this.
SHLEY

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« Reply #50 on: 09-23-2003 17:40 »

we both brought up some good points, i'm ready for another topic.
Zamorano

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« Reply #51 on: 09-08-2005 23:16 »

 
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Originally posted by Jamesbondcja:
Getting back to Javiers message yes the Chevy Nova is a great piece of auto-mo-car and Fry is a good driver 2/3 of the time.
That's interesting, cause when I heard Fry make that remark about his Chevy Nova, I thought it was the same as the Chrysler Nova that was released in Australia. I thought maybe it was rebadged as a Chrysler here down under, anyways the Aussie Nova I've seen are real crap cars (although I don't know what the older/vintage models looked like). But that's an interesting point you guys made about the Chevy Nova, I didn't know that so thanks for enlightening me  wink
mint

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« Reply #52 on: 09-09-2005 07:22 »
« Last Edit on: 09-09-2005 07:22 »

 
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Originally posted by Ozor Mox
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You actually see far fewer automatic cars in the UK. Then again it does cost far more to run a car here.

Well over here there is practically none, so little that if you canít drive manual you canít drive here. Conversely in Australia there are plenty of automatic cars. I have no problem with automatic cars.
Demeter

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« Reply #53 on: 09-10-2005 07:18 »

 
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Originally posted by canned eggs:
Maybe.


Homer's car certainly didn't look like a Nova to me.  Anyone have a picture of it?  Also, I like his steering wheel.

That car is so friggin'... Can't think of words  love I don't know why though?
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