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Tim Suddard
Tim Suddard Publisher
10/19/20 8:50 a.m.

Picture the sleepy hamlet of Amelia Island, Florida, early on a Sunday morning. Spanish moss drapes the trees. A cool blanket of dew covers the ground.

And here I am, driving to the judges’ breakfast for the day’s concours. I’m trailing a Ferrari F40–wing, scoops, the whole nine yards. 

While I’ve never really been an F40 guy, I have …

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TurnerX19 SuperDork
10/19/20 9:18 a.m.

Well prepped straight pipe Honda S800 on the straight at Bridgehampton. The car in photo.

Floating Doc (Forum Supporter)
Floating Doc (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UberDork
10/19/20 10:12 a.m.

There's so many fantastic sounding engines.

I was starter at a Porsche Club autocross yesterday. They sure sound good when they get revved.

I love the sound of a small block Ford. A hot straight six sounds fantastic. V12 engines, of course.

I don't think anyone finds the sound of a Miata to be wonderful, but I love to drop into first and roll into the throttle coming through the tunnel at Daytona Speedway. The best time was when I had a Ferrari behind me do the same thing!

And then there's the time that my mostly deaf 90-year-old father shot out of his chair and went racing out the front door of my house before I even heard the radial engines coming over the house at treetop level. Four T-6 engines flying below 100 ft make quite a sound.

Datsun310Guy MegaDork
10/19/20 10:15 a.m.

All of them 

Datsun310Guy MegaDork
10/19/20 10:17 a.m.
2_3 New Reader
10/19/20 10:24 a.m.
Datsun310Guy MegaDork
10/19/20 10:38 a.m.
L5wolvesf Reader
10/19/20 10:39 a.m.

Back in the 1980s we were camped out at Riverside between turn 6 & 7. It was dead quiet until we were awoken by the sound of a Jaguar IMSA Prototype (IIRC a V-12) making its way up the front section of the track. It was out on track alone for a couple laps. The sound was very close to perfection.

The only other notable engine was a P-51 simulating a strafing and very very low off the deck at a small airshow. The engine sound as it grew in volume was very distinct and amazing.  

dean1484 GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
10/19/20 10:49 a.m.

This is high on my list. 



bearmtnmartin GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
10/19/20 10:53 a.m.
frenchyd PowerDork
10/19/20 10:56 a.m.

In reply to Tim Suddard :

My Black Jack with Dual megaphones out the back has this really big deep bark on the overrun. Totally unmuffled. 

ShinnyGroove (Forum Supporter)
ShinnyGroove (Forum Supporter) Reader
10/19/20 11:01 a.m.

The howl of a 911 GT3.  My Cayman does a reasonble impersonation though.

oldeskewltoy UberDork
10/19/20 11:37 a.m.
codrus (Forum Supporter)
codrus (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UberDork
10/19/20 11:45 a.m.
Mndsm MegaDork
10/19/20 12:15 p.m.

Anything with a big whiny blower. Terminator cobra, lsa caddy....

frenchyd PowerDork
10/19/20 12:23 p.m.

In reply to Tim Suddard :

Chris Craft Cobra with a KBL engine. ( not Cadillac  or Chrysler Hemi. ) 

350z247 New Reader
10/19/20 2:10 p.m.

Really anything with a V10: Carrera GT, LFA, E60 M5, but the best were the F1 cars. Those Sauber BMW V10s were just incredible...

akylekoz SuperDork
10/19/20 2:20 p.m.

A whole fleet of Can Am cars coming up the front straight under the bridge.   Hemi, then Ferrari, Jaguar, SBF, BBC, What ever they were running, they were flat out and looked like they may take flight.  

Second is engines that are about to make their innards become their outards.  Not sure why I like this, maybe its the prospect of seeing what went wrong.

LanEvo Dork
10/19/20 2:25 p.m.
Saron81 HalfDork
10/19/20 2:54 p.m.

Any of the v10 F1 engines... 20k rpms is unreal. 

sir_mike New Reader
10/19/20 3:00 p.m.

Liked all the answers but mine is when I go to start one of mine they start.

AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter)
AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
10/19/20 3:02 p.m.

My buddy James' 458 Challenge car @ Road Atlanta


pirate HalfDork
10/19/20 3:13 p.m.

As someone who likes all car but is at heart an old hot rodder there is nothing like the sound of a old Hemi with a with a supercharger. When it's reved up you can hear the whine of the blower belt and deep throaty exhaust as well as feel it in your chest.

bigdaddylee82 UberDork
10/19/20 3:43 p.m.
Olemiss540 Reader
10/19/20 4:02 p.m.
ShinnyGroove (Forum Supporter) said:

The howl of a 911 GT3.  My Cayman does a reasonble impersonation though.

Just got longtubes and muffler deletes put on my 3.6L GT3 and it SCREAMS. SCREAMS.

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