2013 Ford Focus ST: Break-In, Prologue
October 23, 2012
"Hey Takahashi," came a voice over the cubicle partition, "what're you doing this weekend?"
In my mind, the next thing I heard was, "I need you to fly to Italy to test the next Enzo at Fiorano," (I've been accused of being a real-life Walter Mitty many, many times).
"Nothing," I answered, "Whatcha got?"
"I need you to put some miles on a new long-termer," was the reply, "I want to be able to test it on Tuesday. Maybe drive it up north. Get a hotel room and expense it, but we'll need about 1,000 miles on it this weekend. Can you do it?"
Rule #8: The answer to "Can you do it?" is always "yes."
"I'm your man," I said.
"Great," said the voice behind the cubicle, "while you're at it, why don't you do the full test for IL."
Rad. This is also why rule #8 is so important.
So what do I do? Where should I go? Why the hell is there a raw steak pictured above?
In my mind (the same place that I'm testing the new Enzo), I needed more of a challenge than simply logging miles. A quest without challenges is merely a road trip, and a solo road trip is just plain boring. So I hatched a plan.
Friday, I would stop by my not-so-local butcher to pick up a dry-aged, bone-in ribeye. Early Saturday morning, I'd head north to Napa Valley to buy a bottle of wine to pair with the steak. The challenge is to get back in time for dinner on the same day.
A few of my colleagues thought this was a bad idea, considering the fatigue of being behind the wheel for so long. Others thought it was a great idea, and appropriate for my love of food and fun roads. I remained steadfast in my mission, plus, the places I like to stay up there are far too expensive.
So, starting tomorrow at 4am Pacific time, I'm going to start posting my adventure as if I were updating you in real time. Some of you may have followed that trek on Twitter, so this may not be news to you. For the rest, I hope you enjoy the ride. Oh, and follow me on Twitter.
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 0 miles