Lime Green Lamborghini!
For me a car is transportation. It represents a means to an end. RPM and torque are not major concerns of mine. But even a non car enthusiast like me, can appreciate an exotic jolt.
On our latest road trip to Austin, we decided to point out cars with rare colors to entertain ourselves. We chose yellow – not realizing how popular yellow cars have become. Time to pick a new color.
While wending our way out of Florida on the Ronald Reagan Turnpike, I noticed a distant green spec in the rear view mirror. I told everyone in the van to look out for something unusual to pass us in a few minutes. The color was definitely unusual, but there was also something unique about the shape, even as a small blip in the mirror. Then it came up and overtook us in a stealthlike manner. As it glided past us, we realized it was a Lamborghini. Sleek, and racy.
Why didn’t we have our cameras ready? By the time we thought of it, the sportscar was ahead in the distance (held back by other traffic – otherwise I saw no reason for its tires to even touch the road). I decided to push our faithful Honda Odyssey to catch up so I could get the winning photo.
I dug in an pressed the accelerator. We inched closer. Somehow, the green prize remained elusive. I gave the engine more juice. We pulled ahead of the field (secretly hoping no cops were watching).
Once we hit 80 mph the road noise got a little louder. At 85 mph the vibration in the cabin began to increase. At 90 mph I realized that just like the star ship Enterprise, we had pushed the engine to near maximum capacity. Any more would cause the nuclear core to meltdown initiating the self destruct mode. I could almost hear Scotty the engineer telling captain Kirk that the ship was breaking apart! We hadn’t even reached warp speed 1. (the speedometer goes up to 140 mph, but I don’t think the van will be going with it).
So I took my foot off the accelerator and let the van coast back down to the legal speed limit. I re-engaged the cruise control. My speedy friend got away. But at least we were entertained for 15 minutes… of our 24 hour drive. Drive safely All! Check her out in all her glory!!!