planes, trains, and automobiles

Discussion in 'Community' started by jefhatfield, Aug 3, 2002.

  1. jefhatfield Retired

    jefhatfield

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    i have been on an ongoing thread about airplanes and weapons, but while i believe in the right to bear arms, cop killer bullets and high end assasinations weapons are not things i think should be available to the general public...mostly, i am interested in transportaion gear...moving vehicles

    favorites are the lampara fishing boat of the pre world war II era, submarines, f-16 jets, the new beetle, and just about every type of motorcycle

    what moving transportation devices do you like?
     
  2. Ensign Paris macrumors 68000

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    Driving around in a normal cars is one of the best, but these two out rank even that:

    • The Underground, I LOVE the underground, (London) I am not sure why but I could spend hours on the tube being crushed into the trains etc...
    • Soft top cars + warm days + speed = FUN!

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  3. King Cobra macrumors 603

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    I like the bus rides for any class field trips I go on, since there are more people to talk to in cars.

    I also enjoy the ride in my father's corvette. :eek:

    I've never been on an airplane, but I sure would like to be in one, look out the small windows and see the big green squares on the ground, which appears on only 2 dimensions from extreme heights.

    These days, I am not worried about attacks on the airlines, because the odds of that happening are small, and security has been much more improved.

    I've been on a trolly, but I get the blue heck scared out of me to hear that "ding". :rolleyes:
     
  4. Ifeelbloated macrumors regular

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    I like helicopters. I really like helicopters. If you ever get the nerve, try taking a demo flight at a helicopter flight school. You get to try the controls and feel what it's like. Nerve-wracking and a rush.
     
  5. Ensign Paris macrumors 68000

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    I am a member of a gliding club but I haven't gone there for a few months, Gliding is wicked!

    I hate travelling on Coachs because people (or atleast *some* people of the age 1 - 14) seem to have a tendency to practive projectile vomiting.

    Recently I started to pay for storage for my Macs and Hifi gear (the stuff I don't use) and the storage facility was huge, it stores many thousands of peoples stuff and they have pallette trolleys, I have a seriously bad liking for pallette trolleys, they also had a fork lift truck but only the guy who was trained it it was allowed to use it. :( One day I will get a chance.

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  6. AlphaTech macrumors 601

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    Harley Davidson motorcycles, like my Softail Standard (2002 FXST) and Ford trucks (like the 2002 Ranger XLT supercab, 4x4 off-road model I have). You couldn't give me a beetle, new or old, or any vw for that matter. You don't want to get me started on why I selected to purchase a Harley and not one of the imitators.

    For military jets, I still like the F14, an aged jet that has been getting upgrades for several years to make it still a very viable weapon platform. The A10 is also a kick ass military jet. Especially since it was designed to be a platform for it's main gun. The titanium tub that the pilot sits in is also a great idea. Lets not forget about the F4 as well.
     
  7. Ensign Paris macrumors 68000

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    I once made an entire website about the USAF, its not finished and probably never will be but it is still online at:

    http://www.brooklineuk.com/usaf/

    Let me know what you think, if I get good feedback I might make it a project that I will have a look at in the future.

    My favourite fighter has to be the 'A-10' because of the old flight sim 'A-10 Attach' more info is available at http://brooklineuk.com/usaf/Planes/Fighters/a10.html.

    Anyone who wants to have the files for the USAF site and develop it I would be more that happy to release the source code, infact all you have to do is download the offline version.

    I am not a huge fan of the Beetle or VW, mostly because I have never particularly looked at them in any great detail, my favourite car in the world has to be the Jaguar XK8 (Shaguar!)
     
  8. jefhatfield thread starter Retired

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    oh, that's right...i saw a special on A&E on bentleys made at the bentley - rolls royce plant and the bentley is an amazing car

    six thousand pounds but zero to sixty in six seconds with its 400 (or 800?) hp v8 which costs 25k alone...but it's hand done leather and bookmatched wood appointments are just a work of art and only 1,500 vehicles are made each year as opposed to some major makers in the us who put out hundreds of thousands and millions

    i can't imagine spending 200k for a car, but all the human labor it entails makes it worth every penny...the show said the average bentley owner has a net worth of 19 million dollars and they will make almost anything you can dream up

    bentleys can come with leather gloves in the trunk with two bentley umbrellas worth over two hundred dollars each

    you can have dvd, wet bar, and things i only associated with limousines put into a four door bentley sedan

    i could never buy a bentley but i appreciate the amazing piece of art that it is and this car definitely is more than just a vehicle of transportation from point a to point b

    it is kind of like the way i feel when i see a great pleasure boat with all the wood appointments on it or a really nice customized harley davidson motorcycle...art first, transportation second

    come to think of it, macs are art first, computers second:D
     
  9. job macrumors 68040

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    I've got a '74 Super Beetle (sorry Alpha :D)

    It's fire engine red and has a pristine white convertible top (vinyl, since I'm in the Gulf Coast)

    I'm restoring it with help from my dad and our local body shop.

    I'll probably keep the stock 1600cc engine, but I'm going to modfiy the interior and put some 8 spoke/15" rims on it.

    btw Alpha I *think* I saw a new Softail in the parking lot of my local supermarket. He seems to go there regularly because I seem to see him about twice a week. :D
     
  10. alex_ant macrumors 68020

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    - Pontoon boats are great when you're on a scenic lake and have cool people aboard. Come to think of it, any boats are great. Big ships are nice too, but they take away some of the feeling of being on the water.

    - $500 mountain/road bikes. You'll never understand how much fun biking can be until you ditch your Huffy and get yourself one of these.

    - Stand-up mo-peds.

    - I don't really like cars, but how about the blue Subaru WRX and the Lotus Elise. And all the really fast, expensive ones...

    - Golf carts are fun...

    - Forklifts! I got to drive an electric Toyota forklift for a few days a while ago, and it was fantastic.

    - Bobcats! Never got to drive one of these, but they look like hella fun. Makes me want to be a construction worker.

    - Power Wheels! When I was a kid, I wanted one of those sooooo bad. And now I weigh too much for them, damnit.

    Has anybody here tried the Segway?
     
  11. G4scott macrumors 68020

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    Well put... it's fun when you're mountain biking, and you are going down a hill at 20mhp... Of course, you have to watch out for the cactus (where I'm from), and the huge rock, and sink-hole to the left of the hill that you have to climb next :D

    As for cars, I prefer sports cars and small trucks (no extended-cab F-350 for me :p ). I drive a Ford escort (not exactly sports car, but it carries more than 2 people), and a 91 toyota pickup (4 wheel drive, standard transmission...) The truck's fun to drive, but it can only carry the driver and one other person.

    Of course, there was that time that I got to drive my grandparent's new cadillac, and man, does that V8 have power...

    When it comes to boats, My dad has a 18' bay boat. What would be nice to have is a yacht that can comfortably hold 10 people...
     
  12. Royal Pineapple macrumors 65816

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    >i can't imagine spending 200k for a car, but all the human labor it entails makes it worth every penny...the show said the average bentley owner has a net worth of 19 million dollars and they will make almost anything you can dream up

    my friend once hit a bentley with a golf ball, it broke the side mirror, they are in the middle of a lawsuit as we speak.
    fun game golf is ;) ive never played but it looks cool
     
  13. jelloshotsrule macrumors G3

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    "where's your other hand?"

    "between two pillows..."

    "those aren't pillows!!!"



    golf is indeed fun.

    cars and such never got me too excited...
     
  14. Ensign Paris macrumors 68000

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    Golf rules, the last time I played (about a month back) my friend on hit with a golf ball in the back of his leg, he layed on the ground for about 10minutes, it was so fun!

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  15. iGav macrumors G3

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    I used to have a Beetle a few years ago..... a 73' flatscreen 1300...... completely stock....... great fun to drive....... although not in winter cos the heating was crap......

    Over here VW's have abit of a kudos amongst surfers, skaters, snow boarders etc...... where as in the states, they still seem to have that hippy vibe about them...... I'd love a 60's one, with those sloping headlights and a hot engine shoe-horned into the back........

    I've been to a couple of the VW meets over here....... and some of the Beetles can flatten any supercar over the 1/4 mile by a couple of seconds...... and the best thing is like they look totally stock........ great fun at the traffic lights when a Ferrari is on the hunt..........

    Anyways back to thread topic.......

    My favourite modes of transport......

    Mountain Bike,
    SnowBoard,
    An Audi TT (that I'm hopefully getting early next year) or a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 7............ both would do nicely.......

    And just for a laugh a Monster Truck....... :p :p :p
     
  16. AlphaTech macrumors 601

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    To me, there is just something very wrong with the idea of using a club to whack your balls around... :eek: Watching golf is less exciting then watching grass grow as well.

    I do like Robbin Williams take on how golf came into being though (from his NY, HBO special). :D
     
  17. DakotaGuy macrumors 68040

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    I FINALLY bought my dream vehicle...a 2002 Mercury Mountaineer AWD...yeah so what if there are SUV bashers out there...I love mine and they keep their Tercels out of my way! I now can pull my little trailer and haul my big boy toys around and also I can put my mountain bike on it. The only bad thing is that I sometimes feel stupid since I am single and it is designed to haul 7 passengers! Of course, now there is room for all my friends when we take a road trip to the city! Now if I keep working maybe that Navigator will be next!!! (probably not!)

    Otherwise when the snow comes, which it really does out here in South Dakota, I have an Arctic Cat snowmobile that is a blast to ride through the mountains.

    When the snow all melts I have my 4 Wheeler to ride around. Whatever gets me into the mountains I love...
     
  18. job macrumors 68040

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    Yeah, a '63 Beetle would be nice.

    They actually have conversion kits you can buy that allow you to modify a 70s Beetle to make it look like a 60s one.

    They are a bit expensive though.....a couple grand just for new front fenders and headlights... :rolleyes:
     
  19. iGav macrumors G3

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    Well a fifties oval would be real nice... but I'll settle on a early 60's........ I've seen the kits to transform the 70's Beetles into 60's ones....... what with new wings (fenders), the longer bonnet etc..... although they'll always be that slight difference between the original and a 70's one...... the windscreen size.... they're much smaller on the 60's ones.........

    Ah aircooled...... the only way to drive....... ;) :)
     
  20. job macrumors 68040

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    Don't forget, rear wheel drive too.. ;) :D
     
  21. iGav macrumors G3

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    Heh heh.... rear engined, rear wheel drive...... great fun on a wet roundabout......... oversteer....... what oversteer........ :p :p :p
     
  22. AlphaTech macrumors 601

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    ONLY for motorcycles...

    Anything on four wheels, with even a moderate amount of power should have liquid cooling (aka a radiator/heat exchanger system). Which is probably why those bugs didn't have a radiator (no real power when it counts). :eek: :p :D :cool:
     
  23. mischief macrumors 68030

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    It's also why they have a tendency to catch fire.

    You're forgetting their other brilliant design innovation: The Flat-opposed 4 cyl. engine, guaranteed to fly appart at some point.

    I always figured the best use of the classic VW Beetle (or van) was to fill it with TNT and use it as an inexpensive high-altitude-drop bomb.:D
     
  24. AlphaTech macrumors 601

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    The main/only good thing about the old beetles (and maybe the new ones too) is that they float. Keep a few paddles in the back seat, and when the flood comes you are ready. :eek: :p :D
     

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