Place your bets!

Two cars were racing down the crowded northbound lane of the Manila-Cavite Coastal Road as I was driving to the office at 9:00 o’clock this morning. One was a champagne colored Honda Civic while the other was a black Daihatsu Charade. If you know cars, you would probably remark offhand that it’s a no-contest.


Without much thought, you’d probably guess that the more powerful Honda Civic would outrun the humble Daihatsu Charade. I can’t blame you.

And why not?

A stock 1.6-liter Honda Civic Vti produces 127 horsepower (hp) while a stock Daihatsu Charade has a 1.0-liter engine that probably outputs only over 80 hp (I’m not so sure about the exact figure) under its tiny hood.

But that’s not how it was this morning.

The diminutive Daihatsu humbled the noisy Honda all the way to the Toll Plaza where you pay the toll fees before crossing over to Pasay City from Paranaque.

The above story is from Investment Banker S@RZI and I think it was a powerful anecdote of life.

Don’t judge by appearances.

It’s not always those who look stronger, faster, and more powerful who wins the race.

Small is not always bad.

(And don’t place your bets on the worse horse!)

Enjoy your Sunday!

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3 responses to “Place your bets!

  1. That is such a rare incident, but it reminds me of this beauty of a quote I came across yesterday.

    “If the axe is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed but skill will bring success.”

    So perhaps the Honda had more strength but because the driver of it lacked skill, it needed still more strength which it didn’t have in order to win.

    On the other hand, the mini Daihatsu driver’s axe is already sharpened, so with the skill he has, it was effortless for his car to overtake the one with greater power.

    What do you think? Makes sense?

  2. Nic

    Reminds me of Initial D, where the dinghy-looking AE86 plummeted all the sports cars

  3. @clonic – actually I think the daihatsu was modified, so “don’t judge a car by what you see outside” but yes, your point also makes a lot of sense

    @Nic – yeah, something liddat.. just that not many ppl might have watched that show Initial D

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