Go-Kart Racing Temptation - 2007 Mini Cooper S Long-Term Road Test
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2007 Mini Cooper S: Go-Kart Racing Temptation

March 12, 2008

Photo by Caroline Pardilla

Last night as a friend and I were leaving Pasadena, we took this long, wide speedway of a shortcut to get from the 134 freeway to Hollywood. Everyone seemed to be ignoring the 40-mph speed limit and zooming past. I was just driving along in our 2007 Mini Cooper S minding my own business when at the corner of my eye I saw this car hanging out at my passenger side door.

"Check out those boys...

They're excited that you have the same car they do," my friend laughed. Sure enough when I looked over, there was another red Cooper S with a black top, 'cept with a sunroof. The 20-something boys in it were excitedly gesturing at us through their driver side window but I couldn't really make out what they were saying since I had to keep my eyes on the road. Hello!

They moved forward a little and then moved back. "They want to race me...but I ain't gonna!" I told my friend. The road was tempting though. There was hardly anyone on it and it had nice turns and hardly any traffic lights. The boys kept baiting us, gesturing, zooming ahead and falling back. I kept my speed constant and my eyes forward. Finally they gave up and zoomed past. I'm sure if I was a 16-year-old boy I would have followed. But I'm not. ....I sooo would have smoked them anyway.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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