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Can anyone explain the constant gear shifting?
« on: August 31, 2009, 12:29:53 PM »
I know how to drive a stick shift... you start at first gear, when speed or RPM get to a certain threshold (I use RPM and shift when the tachometer starts to climb above 2000) then you press the clutch and shift to second gear.  When RPM get too high, shift up again.  And again until you reach highway speeds and you're in top gear.

I don't know how muscle cars operate.... Maybe they have to double clutch... but it seems to me like once you hit top speed, you don't need to keep shifting.  So why in God's name did they keep shifting all throughout the races and chases?


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Re: Can anyone explain the constant gear shifting?
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2009, 01:19:33 PM »
Because with out it driving a car is pretty boring and you wouldn't make a movie about it,but with it you you have VIN DISSEL PUSHES AND PULLS SOMETHING THE MOVIE!


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Re: Can anyone explain the constant gear shifting?
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2009, 01:19:43 PM »
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Re: Can anyone explain the constant gear shifting?
« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2009, 01:49:39 PM »
Well, if you downshift into 3rd or 4th gear, you can accelerate faster depending on road situations (whether you're on an incline or not, etc.). It's horrible for your transmission, though.

However the constant shifting is probably a tad unnecessary.


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Re: Can anyone explain the constant gear shifting?
« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2009, 02:38:22 PM »
Want to be real confused, go back and watch Mitchel when they're downshifting in automatics
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Re: Can anyone explain the constant gear shifting?
« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2009, 09:13:39 AM »
I figure it's how in nearly every driving scene, they're always randomly swerving their wheel to the left and right. In reality their car would be all over the road, but in a movie/TV show, it means, "See? I'm driving!"


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Re: Can anyone explain the constant gear shifting?
« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2009, 09:49:39 AM »
It's the same reason people in movies keep cocking their guns. It's just something for them to do to imply action and motivation.



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Re: Can anyone explain the constant gear shifting?
« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2009, 10:15:13 AM »
It's the same reason people in movies keep cocking their guns. It's just something for them to do to imply action and motivation.

Kinda reminds me of something Bill Lawrence said about Scrubs.  He said that they'll often play slow tempo, downbeat, ponderous music with Zach Braff doing a voiceover to make it sound like he's saying something wise and insightful, but the words are actually just meaningless pablum.


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Re: Can anyone explain the constant gear shifting?
« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2009, 12:13:23 PM »
Pure and simple - it's a metaphor for masturbation.

That's what drag racing...all racing....is.  Guys getting together to compare their "equipment".  "Mine's bigger/faster/stronger than yours."

One big circle jerk.   ;)


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Re: Can anyone explain the constant gear shifting?
« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2009, 12:34:29 PM »
Rule of Cool.

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Re: Can anyone explain the constant gear shifting?
« Reply #10 on: September 07, 2009, 12:38:35 PM »
Pure and simple - it's a metaphor for masturbation.

That's what drag racing...all racing....is.  Guys getting together to compare their "equipment".  "Mine's bigger/faster/stronger than yours."

One big circle jerk.   ;)
If that were true, the movies would be a lot shorter.



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Re: Can anyone explain the constant gear shifting?
« Reply #11 on: September 17, 2009, 12:24:10 AM »
Pure and simple - it's a metaphor for masturbation.

That's what drag racing...all racing....is.  Guys getting together to compare their "equipment".  "Mine's bigger/faster/stronger than yours."

One big circle jerk.   ;)
but if I go drag racing with my wife, which I do, is that mutual masturbation, 69 or sex? but yes it is like that, well like sex, not the circle jerk thing, especially when it's legal and guilt free.

wait, now in like Alabama it's illegal to perform oral sex, but it's legal to watch nascar? that's much more like a circle jerk
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Re: Can anyone explain the constant gear shifting?
« Reply #12 on: September 20, 2009, 10:06:19 PM »
wait, now in like Alabama it's illegal to perform oral sex, but it's legal to watch nascar? that's much more like a circle jerk

More like an oval jerk, really.
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