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This isn't tech for once, it's more of a rant, or a public information service. Partly as this came up in my 'Facebook Memories' earlier, and partly as it happened to me yet again this afternoon.
In case you don't know what the 'loser flyby' is, it's when two cars end up having an impromptu race on a quiet road, and once it's over, the loser, in a fit of rage/butthurt, does anything he can to get in front, even though the race is long over, and usually while driving in some retarded dangerous way...
Most of us have probably seen this plenty of times, and the car doing it can be anything. More often than not it's not a modified car though, it's just some dick with either something 'quite' quick who's upset and can't fathom/bear another car to be faster than him, or some nobhead with a new but slow lease/finance car who thinks just because it's new and he is spending half his monthly wage just to pretend he owns it, it cannot lose.
Undertaking once the race is long over doesn't make up for you losing, it doesn't save face, it doesn't make you the winner, it just makes you look like a fucking dickhead and tends to show you're really wound up about something that was just a bit of fun to the other driver.
BUT, to be honest, I love people doing the loser flyby, mostly as it's really funny seeing someone getting wound up about nothing, fighting back the tears, being so angry that they think doing such a retarded thing is going to save face.
The one this afternoon was some random de-badged, newish, modified Audi A4 that tried to race me in my E46. Whatever it was it wasn't very fast, but then once in traffic it did the loser flyby undertake down a bus lane about 2 miles after the little tear up has finished. Yeah mate, impressive.
The one in today's Facebook Memories was from 4 years ago, and I don't remember it, but I think I was in my YB Cosworth powered MX5 at the time. It says...
"BMW tries to race, gets destroyed, does the loser flyby on a roundabout to make himself feel better, but misses his exit by doing so. He then has to right round the roundabout and back behind me. Then has another go, gets destroyed again, then sits right back for a few miles until his turnoff, and then does the loser flyby once again."
I mean, what the fuck?
It's most fun when the attempted loser flyby massively backfires though...
I remember an E46 M3 owner so desperate to do the loser flyby on the motorway when I was in my old Skyline he had to literally cut me up at stupid speeds leave at his junction, and then proceeded to almost wipe out in to the Arcmo, fishtailing all over the shop on the sliproad.
Also seen a car plow in to a ton of road cones in some road works in an attempt to do a loser flyby, and no doubt you lot have seen plenty of similar stupid shit.
There's nothing wrong with a little tear up vs another car if it's safe to do so, it's fun, and win or lose I'd be like 'thumbs up' or whatever. But people being so butthurt about losing that they do a loser flyby just makes them look like massive, massive, dickheads.
I'd hope anyone reading this isn't one of 'those' people, but if you are, fucking don't! Feel free to send anyone who does to this a link to this article mind...
TECH ARTICLE TOMORROW! Promise...
Hi, I'm Stav...
You may or may not have heard of me, but I've spent the last 15 years working full-time in the tuning scene, and the last decade or so writing for various car magazines.