We are already back to quattro weather in these parts and that meant the first chance to use the APR Stage I map and new Pilot Super Sport 235 all round combination. The usual quattro all weather pace remains devastating but the map does mean you now have the power to get yourself in a bit of trouble in a couple of ways. I'm glad to say it was nearly trouble rather than actual trouble but still an ooops moment with that horrible sinking feeling for sure.
I was on a cross country jaunt for work in a combination of drizzle, low cloud, poor light and fairly wet roads - pretty much the perfect conditions for the RS3. Exiting a 30mph zone I was behind a debadged A4, very dark blue and didn't look anything special, another sales rep on his travels was my thought. As we exited the village to a 60 zone on a long straight I'd already made my decision to overtake and shot past the A4 and a dawdling Astra in front. The A4 booted it as I went to overtake - I'm used to that behaviour now - but didn't follow the overtake of the Astra.
On we went through another village at the 40mph limit and this time out on to a short dual carriage way. Overtaking chances are limited on these A roads so I it's fair to say I did the dawdling line of traffic like a junkie who hadn't had a fix for week. So you can imagine my surprise when the same A4, now about half a mile back, suddenly sprouted the full blues and twos :busted_cop: :faint:. It was pretty clear he wanted a chat so I pulled in to the next side road wondering what was coming next, I was fairly sure I hadn't been speeding at any point (certainly not in the 30/40 zones in any case, maybe ever so briefly on the dual carriage way). Ooops here we go were my exact thoughts at the time.
What followed makes me glad we have sensible British cops who have a positive attitude to motorists. I was already stood outside the car when the officer, in just black clothing, donned his hat and walked toward me. "Whatever the rush is, it stops now" were his first words. I've learned to be polite and contrite and just said "fair enough, point taken" (but still wondering what was coming next and glad he hadn't invited me to take a seat in the back of his car!). "I know your car will pretty much do anything you want but this isn't the day for it", again I replied "Ok, I will take it easy". He then did a quick check :detective2:, who was I , where was I going although it was pretty obvious he already knew and was only listening for the right answer. He asked for photo ID to confirm - again I think this is a good thing, if the car had been stolen you'd want them to do this kind of stop and check. As I thought speed nor any other actual wrong doing was mentioned at any point. His point was a fair one the RS3s performance and capability is way above other cars in these conditions and he was just concerned for the safety of all. Hardly a view I was going to argue with. He then bid me a safe journey with a smile and a this cheeky amusing comment "I'll let you be on your way now and drive safely in (this county) at least, I don't care what you get up to in the next one." ;) "Umm thanks" I replied :laugh: "but I work with them quite often so lesson learned for today."
"Remember my car will also do anything I want it to", were his last words as he waved me farewell.
Phew, how lucky was that! :happy: There was nothing to mark the A4 out from any other I saw that night so be careful out there folks! Note to self: try to avoid overtaking unmarked Police cars in the rain!