1998 Pontiac Firebird Trans
It is a brilliant, brittle winter weekend, much too cold to permit
the removal of the twin roof panels from this T-top version of the 1998
Pontiac Firebird Trans Am.
But there are other ways for a middle-aged motorhead to revert
to adolescence when the engine bay harbors a new Corvette variant with
305 horsepower and enough torque to pull down a four-bedroom colonial.
And one of those ways comes to mind as I pull alongside a five-year-old,
five-liter Ford Mustang.
As the Trans Am rolls to a stop, I depress the clutch, slip the
slick, strong six-speed Borg-Warner into first gear, and play with the
gas pedal a little.
My next-lane neighbor glances in my direction, then stares straight
ahead. He's only packing 225 horses, and doesn't seem interested in a humiliating
role in my road movie.
There aren't any gendarmes in view, so I figure I'll launch the
Trans Am anyway. I preface this childishness by turning off the traction
control to harvest a maximum amount of tire noise and smoke.