Just wanted to introduce myself and say that I COMPLETELY UNDERSTAND what the hype is all about. I'll explain,,,,,,,,,,,,
First, I'm a Deputy Sheriff here in FL and had the opportunity to meet someone in the Life Insurance/Investment business that owns an F430. Met him through his father who is a retired Deputy Sheriff.
Anyhow, after taking my deferred comp $$ to him and asking him to "stop the bleeding" I noticed that he drove the F430 to work. I was offered to drive it and of course I didn't say no!!!
Let me preface my introduction by telling you all that I am a car nut and have had all sorts of Mustangs recently. Fastest by far was my '03 Terminator. I love racing of ALL TYPES and consider myself a true gearhead.
Well, after my 20 min. test drive I had a "perma-grin" that could not be wiped off my face if you sucker punched me. Talk about amazing!! Switch on steering wheel in race mode, short shifting at 7k and I was in 7th Heaven!!!!!
Well, to make things even better Kevin offered the car to me on my night of choice!!!!! I couldn't believe it!! Who, in their right mind, offers a gearhead a 200k dollar car for the night?????? Thank you Kevin.
So, I pick up the car at the "beach house" and can't believe what is about to happen. As we are leaving Clearwater Beach heads were just popping to see who was driving this car. (Here comes the perma-grin again.)
I get home, clean it up a bit and head out to my Mustnag club's meet. I posted on our boards that I was borrowing this car and people were coming out just to see it. As I show up at the Sonic the crowd this car draws is amazing. We head out to Patterson Rd (lots of curves), then onto Boy Scout Rd, and then to another on our way to the final destination.
The weather was low 50's, knob on steering wheel on Race mode, and my excitement level was pegged!!! Cold tires and cold temps made for some interesting corners and I had the tail wagging ALOT!!! After our arrival at Dariy Queen one guy tells me,,,,,"that darn thing shoots out blue flames when it downshifts!"
To all you lucky 430 owners,,,,,I understand now and am in envy. Ferrari, you sure know how to build a car and if I hit the Lotto I WILL get one. To bad I can't afford one on a law enforcement officers budget.