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These Are Your Favorite Cars for Having Fun in the Snow



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Fiero 2M4.

1990. I’m a senior in college and have a 86 Fiero 2M4 that I got cheap because it had no A/C. I’m from Virginia, but have gone to college up north and driven in the snow for 4 years (and my dad learned to drive in Erie, PA).

A friend bummed a ride to campus He spotted the VA tags and finds out it is rear wheel drive and was concerned. He asked the questions like “Do they get snow in Virginia?” I decided to not answer and just drive.

For 10 minutes, the drive is uneventful. Roads were slick, but the 2M4 couldn’t spin bald tires covered in bacon grease on a hockey rink. So the drive is uneventful. Just as the passenger relaxed I pulled this stunt on him.

* About 20 mph on a slush covered road (4-6″ of slush)

* I felt the front end getting light and rising up from a wedge of slush.

* I started to slow down, but decided to have fun instead.

* I gunned it and the car got up to around 30 mph and I was really packing a wedge under the front end.

* Passenger noticed we are accelerating while closing in on an intersection he thinks we should turn left at. He started voicing concern

* When his concern switched to panic, I spun the steering wheel hard left.

* Front tires aren’t on the pavement, so the wheel just spins like a top.

* I screamed “I have no steering what do I do?”

* As passenger starts to scream “Slow down!” I nailed the brakes.

* Wedge of snow shot out from under the car, front tires plant and the car spun almost exactly 90 degrees.

* I was still about 100 feet from my turn but going 90 degrees from my travel path.

* I used the gas to just take the turn. The more the passenger screamed, the more I intentionally let the car drift closer to the curb on his side.

And that is how I stopped having people bum rides off of me to campus.

This sounds like a great way to set up big drifts, and a great way to have all of your friends suddenly be busy whenever you want to hang out. Which one is more valuable than the other, is all up to you.

Submitted by: hoser68

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