Monday Musings 67

Some quotes from Socrates:


“There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.”

“I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think.”

“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”

“When the debate is over, slander becomes the tool of the loser.”

“It is better to change an opinion than to persist in a wrong one.”


Supposedly, Socrates himself wrote no texts. He is known chiefly through the accounts of classical writers composing after his lifetime, particularly his students Plato and Xenophon. Whether or not he actually said everything that is attributed to him, the wisdom of those words is timeless, in my opinion.


This article is titled “10 Most Anticipated Exotic Cars Coming in 2021.” I’m actually surprised the author and staff could find ten exotic cars. Here are pictures and descriptions for three of them:


McLaren Elva


This is the McLaren Elva, of which only 249 examples will be manufactured. As like all modern McLarens except the P1, the Elva will be powered by a twin-turbo small displacement V-8 engine (4 liters) with very high specific output: 804 HP/590 LB-FT of torque.


Maserati MC20


This is not the first appearance of the Maserati MC20 in this blog. I am simply smitten with this car, what can I say? I can say that later this summer I may be able to share photos of a “real” MC20. No, I did not buy one, but the local luxury make complex supposedly will have eight examples shipped to them. Of course, all eight are already sold, or so I was told.


Hennessey Venom F5


This is the Hennessey Venom F5, a car that has been “on display” for more than three years, but that has not been sold until now. Only 24 of these beasts will be produced at a price of over $2 million. This car is also powered by a twin-turbo V8, like the Elva, but the output is a little higher, like 1,800 HP! The Venom F5 is supposed to have a top speed above 300 MPH. That’s a mile every 12 seconds.

I’ve probably driven faster than 100 MPH only once or twice in my life; I’ve never driven my Z06 more than 90 MPH and that was for seconds while passing someone on Loop 101. I cannot imagine driving at 300 MPH.

I would very much like to read the experiences and opinions of those of you who have raced cars, like Dirty Dingus McGee, especially as it might pertain to a 300 MPH automobile.










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5 thoughts on “Monday Musings 67

  1. I have never even come close to 300 MPH. 200 yes, on more than one occasion, but 300 is a whole ‘nother world.

    For myself, the speed (on a race track) is after a few minutes not really noticed. Be it 80 MPH or 150 MPH it becomes basically unnoticed. The best comparison I can make is: it’s similar to driving on the freeway. You are more or less traveling at a similar speed to everyone else and all in the same direction. Racing, you are fairly busy watching your gauges, other cars (both in front of and behind you) that you really don’t see the “scenery” flashing by. The only time it becomes obvious is when you are pulling into the pits and have to slow down to 40-50 MPH.

    Or when you hit something. NOT recommended as it usually leaves a mark and tends to be rather expensive.

    Drag racing is a bit different. You are going from 0 to (in my gasser) 150 in around 9 seconds. BUT, as there are many things going on that you have to be aware of, and handle very quickly, again you don’t notice the “scenery.” However, when things go wrong the speed IS noticeable…

    The main sensation in drag racing is the acceleration. In my slower cars it’s not as noticeable, but it’s still there. The first pass of the day is usually an adrenaline rush and not typically your best pass. I imagine if I was drag racing for a living I would lose the adrenaline rush as I would be running every week.

    These are just my observations and feelings and could quite well be different for others.

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  2. I prefer going over 300 MPH in the cabin of an aircraft, being competently managed by an autopilot and supervised by a two-pilot crew to keep an eye on things. >grin<
    I have been over 100 MPH in an automobile, once, with a car nut behind the wheel and me whimpering and cowering in the passenger seat. (OK, so that's not quite true, I enjoyed the short high speed adventure.)
    As a driver of a hybrid and a V-6 Mustang, I am of an age where speed is no longer an attraction to me. 5 MPH over the speed limit (unless passing someone) is plenty of thrill for me, even though I am routinely passed by the Grand Prix drivers on the I-10.


    1. Yes, “speed limit” seems to be a suggestion ignored rather than a statute. I must admit, though, it really is difficult to drive my Z06 at 30 MPH in a 30 MPH zone. I do, however, scrupulously follow the posted 15 MPH signs that are up on a short stretch of road near our house Monday-Friday while the elementary school near us is in session.

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      1. I just slowed to 15 MPH today when going past a school while running errands this morning as well. Of course, my sedate sedan doesn’t mind going slower. >grin<


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