Hello all!! This forum is awesome. I've already learned a lot. I took delivery of my first Viper 7 days ago. A 2002 Red RT/10.(One of the last 3 Red RT/10's left for sale in the midwest region). I have never owned a vehicle like this before. I fell in love with Viper about 10 years ago, and have dreamt of the day I'd be able to cal one "my own"!!! As a new owner I have a few observations and questions that maybe you much more experienced guys (and girls), can help me with. Sorry if this post gets a little long. But I'm just so **** excited to talk with other people who are excited about their car as I am. 1. I have noticed a very interesting phenomenon when out driving.....more than a half dozen times or so, Mustangs or Corvettes, (or on one occassion a Honda Civic!!), will pull up beside me at a stop light....rev loudly and attempt to peel off in front of me.........of course I'm still in the "break in" phase for the engine...and to be quite honest I'm still learning to "drive" this car, so I'm not about to try to compete with them. Can I expect these shows of macho-ism to be a routine event? 2. I AM TERRIFIED TO PARK MY CAR AND LEAVE IT!!!!! I have heard of this kind of behaviour before with other "exotic" car owners, but I alwasy thought this was stupid....now I am one of them. This car attracts attention, like a hot naked woman showing it off for free!!! 3. I love watching people getting whiplash turning their head so quickly as you drive by them. However, is it normal to feel a little uncomfortable at driving such a "flashy" car? Also....I'm not good with receiving complements....people tend to lean out of their car windows from across the street, just to yell out how cool your car looks!!! 4. Can someone explain the "Shift Lock" that occurs...which sometimes prevents shifting form 1st to 2nd, and forces a change to 4th. The owners manual states it "occurs in certain conditions"...but what are those conditions. So far I have noticed it occurs much more often during slow accelerations. Is there a way to over-ride this feature...is it a bad idea to over-ride this feature? 5. I am pretty much a "car-speak virgin"....I have noted that many of you guys on this forum have performed certain modifications to your vehicles.....I have read words like..."Corsa" and "Ripper" etc...where is a good source to educate myself more in the ways of modifications? I hate feeling like an idiot. 6. Viper is a very different driving experience, and the car is aptly named....I get the feeling that if the power of this vehicle is not given a great deal of respect it will turn around and bite very hard!!! So I pretty much drive like Granny in it right now. I have read on several occassions about Viper driving schools....I live about an hour and half south of Minneapolis.....does any one know of any driving schools occuring in the midwest in the near future? What kind of driving experience is required for these schools? Do I have to drive like a Nascar driver...or will it simply provide me with the knowledge tools and experience in order to adequately handle this car? Anways...thank you for letting me ramble on....I'll probably have more questions as time goes on. Oh!! Lastly....is it normal to get this huge *** grin that lasts for many hours everytime you walk into your garage and see you have a Viper sitting there? Thank you guys!