Isn’t she purdy?

A motorcycle is great transportation in the San Francisco Bay Area, but try carting around a couple of servers on the back of a bike.

The more I thought about it, the more I wanted a car again. So, I did a little bit of shopping around and my eyes quickly settled on a slick little puppy whose family predecessor had entralled me years ago. Saturday I went for a test drive with Nancy, did a dealer search for one with the features I wanted, ordered it, and picked it up the following Wednesday.

Isn’t she purdy?

Chris Knight's RX-8

I haven’t named it yet, but it’s formal name is “Stormy Blue Mica 2007 Mazda RX-8 GT”. In the dark it looks black, and in the sun it is a very rich blue. I never thought I would buy a new vehicle that wasn’t black, but this is a really incredible paint. I haven’t worked it through the break-in period yet, so I haven’t been able to really run it through its paces but so far it is one amazing car. The dual rotary engine has a lot of spunk, and the rear wheel drive means I can do rear-slide turns like I haven’t been able to do since my 1974 Pontiac Grand Am. The RX-8 has a 50-50 weight distribution, so it handles far better than my Grand Am ever could have. It’s even poly-practical as a four-door, four-seater; but the rear doors are suicide doors keeping the look wicked cool.

-Chris Knight

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