It’s no coincidence that Mr. Harris references Mr. Holmes in his rant. No doubt a large percentage of owners are concerned with the relative stats of their manhood. These folks undoubtedly care about and base their purchase decisions in part on which car/model is fastest, has the most horsepower, pulls the most G’s, etc. So it’s understandable they feel a bit cheated when they find out someone has a bigger automotive pee pee than they do.
But no one past the age of sixteen should take a car mag’s review at anything near face value. Has any car in the history of automobiles EVER lived up to the company’s claims?
When we drive the Spider, even many non-obsessed people frequently ask how many horsepower it has, how fast it goes, or can it beat a particular car. They always seem a bit surprised and disappointed when I tell them I have no idea. To us, those kinds of stats add absolutely zero to the enjoyment factor.
Come to think of it, when we go out my sweetie always wants to know the venue so she can dress accordingly and, to use Harris’ phrase, “tune”. And I’ve never though of ditching her because she does, nor considered it “cheating”. But even if I did, one of my mottos is: If you’re not cheating, you’re not trying hard enough….