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I drove the Vagon from Las Vegas to Sonoma CA for LeMons this weekend. Roughly 600 miles each way, 8-9 hours with traffic each way. I've said it before and I'll say it again - the V, and especially IMO the V wagon, is the ultimate road trip car - with the exception of its range. But hey, there are good reasons to stop every 3 hours anyway, stretch the legs, etc.

That aside, it's just a monster GT car. Comfortable at any speed, able to eat up hundreds of miles in a sitting without breaking a sweat, and can also carve the corners like a thoroughbred when the opportunity arises. On the 58 highway between the 15 and the 99 in Bakersfield, there is a point at which it goes over a mountain range. Let's just say I was taking the 55 MPH sweepers at somewhere between 100 and 110 MPH. Both up and downhill.

The rest of the trip was mostly flat freeway, and in touring mode, plenty comfortable.

I was at LeMons to help on my friend's team, The Homer. Over the course of the weekend, a lot of friends drove the V. We're all car guys, we all love the idea of a 700 HP station wagon, especially with a manual gearbox. They took it and made an epic beer run:



So all my stuff is in the back, plus 8 cases of Pliny the Elder, and the back seats were up so they could fit 4 people in there. Even with all the people and gear and beer in the car, they said it was still just stupid fast.

A lot of the people who drove it commented on its fairly extreme dual personality. I have Stainless Works 2" primary headers w/performance cats to 3" piping all the way back to stock mufflers. This allows it to bellow like an angry Mongolian at full throttle, but go right back down to almost stock decibel levels when you're just driving it normally. Pretty much nobody could believe how hard it pulled, and how the power just never ends, and how there's torque everywhere in the power band, because when you look at it, it's a station wagon. Sure it has those stock aero bits like the lower body cladding, the front lip etc., but it doesn't scream performance.

And then you get in it and give it a good thrashing, and it's like WHAT IS HAPPENING. A couple people who drove it commented on how fast it hits triple digits, and wondered how I avoided getting tickets on a daily basis.

I left at 3:30 AM yesterday morning, and made it home in Vegas by noon. I used the Waze app, which was pretty helpful for anticipating cops, which allowed me to keep my average speed up. The trip just reinforced the idea that the V wagon is one of the best road trip cars out there. On one hand I don't like putting so many miles on it, but on the other hand, why do I have it if not to enjoy it?
 

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I remember when Car and Driver used to measure storage room in their test cars using cases of beer as their standard. Love it! I'm looking forward to my 400 mile sprint this weekend.
 

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I drove the Vagon from Las Vegas to Sonoma CA for LeMons this weekend. Roughly 600 miles each way, 8-9 hours with traffic each way.
That's a long way to drive for some lemons. You can get them at your local grocery store, even this time of year.
 

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But I wanted FRESH lemons. Here's some pics of the car. We ended up losing 4th gear, then banging up the front end - both of those were easy to overcome, but them the cam position sensor went out and nobody within a 100 mile radius had one in stock so we had to pack up and go home.





And here's Matt Groening himself signing the car.

 

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Excellent, Smithers...

Sounds like a fantastic trip, and tons of fun. Being a car guy, who's Dad worked as an exec for both GM and Chrysler in the 60's, that Simpson's episode is one of my favorites. Very cool that you got to meet Matt Groening!

I love my Vagon. You are right, it's such a Jekyll & Hyde vehicle. Enjoy the memories, and the beer!
 

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I second everything the man just said!
Just returned from round trip Virginia to Miami trip to visit my son. My 12 Coupe V ran flawlessly, not even a near ticket! 1900 miles. However I was able to have a few folks who insisted on riding in the hammer lane at 60 mph or so say something like "OMG" when I finally had my turn to pass them on the right. I'd let the other traffic have a little lead so I could pop over to 100 or 110 as I went by. She's safe now, hiding in her dark garage!

Peace!!!
 

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Friday I was driving in a beautiful national forest on a two lane country road. Up ahead holding up a string of three cars was a Porsche Boxster with the top down, just tooling along. Passed those mothers at about 110 and kept going! What a car this is!
 

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Haha. Yeah I know that feeling for sure. That's sad when a Boxster is holding up traffic. There are better convertibles to drive slowly in, like a Beetle convertible. A Boxster should be driven... enthusiastically. Like the V. :)
 

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I once saw a Porsche group driving sedately southbound on Bear Mountain Rd, which connects 302 to the Kancamagus Highway in NH. I was bombing northbound at about 90mph in my V1 a few years back.

Driving in a group stinks...
 

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^^^Unless that group drives in a similar fashion to you.
True. In '95 we had the SHO Convention in Dearborn. We had a night at the drag strip cut short by a little rain. On the way home it was dry on the Interstate. I had never been and haven't been since in a line of cars so big(20-30?) doing between 120-140...
 

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True. In '95 we had the SHO Convention in Dearborn. We had a night at the drag strip cut short by a little rain. On the way home it was dry on the Interstate. I had never been and haven't been since in a line of cars so big(20-30?) doing between 120-140...
What memories! The "SHOdown in MOtown" That was my very first car event and it was a total blast. I remember watching about 25 SHOs from the Chicago club arrive at the event hotel in a convoy and couldn't believe it! Lots of fun making a fool of myself at the autocross as well!

Can't believe that was 20 years ago!

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What memories! The "SHOdown in MOtown" That was my very first car event and it was a total blast. I remember watching about 25 SHOs from the Chicago club arrive at the event hotel in a convoy and couldn't believe it! Lots of fun making a fool of myself at the autocross as well!

Can't believe that was 20 years ago!

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I don't even remember if I got a run at Milan. But that was my first autocross and was a blast.

Crazy how time flies...
 
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