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Old 02-02-2015, 01:52 AM
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Great question,

I think it depends on a number of things, like how long you have had the

car and how powerfull it is.

No one drove my Cobra at first, but after a while I let some people drive it

with me, then I let trusted people drive it alone, have done for a long time now.

I let people drive my Daytona, BUT normally after a few k's they want to swap for

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Old 02-02-2015, 04:30 AM
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I have just let one of my 5 brothers drive mine on the weekend ,, with me in the passengers seat for the second time the only other person was the certifying engineer
my 4&half sit on my lap while drive up & down the drive way but that's no really driving it [[but don't tell her that]
my wife doesn't want to drive it as{{ its only a car }} her words
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Old 02-02-2015, 04:35 AM
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. No guilt. + my insurance expressly states "no guest drivers".
I'm surprised more haven't made the insurance comment.
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Two other people have driven my car. They both have high performance driving experience to say the least. I have had many people ask to drive it. I offer to take them for a ride and they can drive it carefully after we get back. At the conclusion of one ride after a car show, the gentlemen called me an a$$hole for accelerating like I did. I have since seen him at other shows and he tells people I almost made him crap his pants. Hasn't asked to drive it since. And no, he didn't want to drive it after the ride. My 15 year old son will be taught to drive it so he knows how to drive a manual. As you know, these cars aren't very forgiving. Be safe.

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I've offer the wife to drive the Cobra. She said "No Way" do I want to drive that monster. My 30 year old son, who has owned and driven a few Hi-Perf cars has been allowed to drive the Cobra, but, only after an instructional drive with me and some fundamental words on how one of these cars behave. He did Good !!!! Other then that, no one has the "B-lls" to ask me to drive my car.
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My son with me inside, even though he is 33 sometimes he is a hotdogger, my wife can't reach the pedals but I am a bit hesitant because she is a hot footer. Last but not least my best friend whom have helped me with the car as a retired auto tech teacher.
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Only my son both on the road and the racetrack ( the bad side- he's faster than me - the good side - he's a mechanic so he has to fix what he breaks)
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No One, and to be honest, no one even asks, except my wife a couple of times. I took my wife on an autocross run in a vacant lot to try out my new rear end, it was the spur of the moment decision, after about 15 seconds she was almost in tears. When I realized it, I stopped and asked whats wrong. She said she is not interested in driving a car like this and I was never to drive like this again with her in it. I always said the car is just too dangerous in the hands of someone who has never even driven a stick. So I'm in the clear now!
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I've only let one other person drive my car because I wanted to dry pave his Z06!
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I used to let my son drive my GT40 without me with him when he was 18
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I used to let my son drive my GT40 without me with him when he was 18
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I prefer not to be precious about mine. I've let a few people drive including someone from this forum id just met. They are not that hard to drive unless you want to give it some jandall and most are pretty timid if they have a go.
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They are not that hard to drive unless you want to give it some jandall and most are pretty timid if they have a go.
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Funny you should bring this up when you did. Last weekend I met up with a friend of a friend and chatted for about a couple of hours about his Cobra build. He then took me for a short drive. We ended up at a café for a coffee but it had recently closed. When we returned to the car he tossed me the keys. Needless to say, I drove it like a Nanna. Combination of bumpy roads, traffic, more power than I had ever seen, fear of crashing his pride and joy and fear of the insurance dramas. We then swapped back and he showed me what it was capable of. To quote the Hamster "I think a little bit of wee came out..." I was so impressed with the power and the grip. Thanks to Geoff in Canberra for the experience. It was great to get an appreciation of the feel, height, narrow footwell, unlimited visibility, heavy steering (only when slow), heavy brakes, gorgeous sound, wind in the hair pants on fire feel etc. Loved every second of it. I'M HOOKED!!!!!

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Well, my wife expressed interest a couple of times and when she jumped into the drivers seat, as I suspected, she couldn't reach the pedals. I'm not sure if she heard my sigh of relief ..... phew ...but of course I sympathised with her on the outside ��
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I let anyone drive my car, I really don't mind,
providing they're over 60 and have written permission
from their grandparents.

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My Wife used to drive my old red G Force Cobra all the time....i think she put more miles on it than me........
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I've been thinking about this issues all through the build. I am at the go-kart stage right now shaking out some issues, one of which is that the throttle is sticking a little when it is floored. I know how to fix it but that's one thing that I just haven't fixed yet. My brother came over Sunday to look at the car for the first time in the go-kart stage. Against my better judgment I asked if he want to take it around the block. I told him about the throttle issue and he assured me that he would keep it in 1st and not push it. I was in the passenger seat when all of a sudden he floors it. Of course the throttle stuck wide open and he started to panic. Long story short, I shut it down with the battery kill switch. He was visibly shaken. I asked why he did it and he had no answer. I told him because of this situation that he has forever killed the chance of ANYONE ever being able to drive the car. By the way, I have a 408 stroker by Keith Craft putting out 512 hp.
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