“Comfort? Visibility? Get a Camry like the rest of the living dead!”
The race series that employs me, the 24 Hours of LeMons, is now in its busiest part of the year, and that means I don’t always have time to drive something suitable for a Race Organizer Review to every event. A couple of weeks ago, I opted for a rental Chrysler 200 at the Pacific Northworst race, but before that I took a blindingly orange-and-white Fiat 500e to San Francisco for some LeMons administrative meetings. Why not follow up a silly-looking yet oddly practical Italian car with an Italian car that makes no sense? Last weekend, I picked up a Rosso Competizione Alfa Romeo 4C at Midway Airport and drove it to the Autobahn Country Club for the 2015 Doin’ Time In Joliet 24 Hours of LeMons.
My introduction to the 4C involved checking off many items from its long list of weak points: fitting my luggage in the car, climbing in and out of the car multiple times while rearranging everything, driving on rough Chicago streets and then in afternoon rush hour stop-and-go traffic. My Autoweek colleagues have acknowledged some of these weak points, but started their 4C experiences with activities at which the 4C excels.
All of this got me to thinking about the Cool-to-Sensible Spectrum. (more…)