Wednesday, December 5, 2012
What Makes You A Car Guy?
Driving to work today I was asking myself these questions and I can't really pinpoint a specific answer. I don't know if its a lifestyle or a sub-culture, but I like being known as a car guy.
This past year while experiencing my "Automotive Burnout", I still knew I was a car guy because I would see an older car on the highway, or drive past a cruise night and I felt that spark inside me light up for a moment. I can still tell most makes and models by the headlights or the tail lights. I still liked to see the cars even if I didn't want to stop and look around.
I finally snapped out of it and have a new upgrade to focus on at the moment. The questions still linger. What is it about these older cars that I like? Well, I like making something worn out work again. I like making something old, new and usable. I like being seen in my car when I drive around and taking time to talk to people in parking lots about cars.
I like upgrading old technology with new components to improve its function. I like putting my personal spin and custom touches on a stock design and making it my own.
Ask yourself some of these questions. Why are you a car guy or girl? Why do you do it? Do you like NASCAR or NHRA, SCCA, or all of the above? Do you like restored originals or custom built machines? Do you appreciate the craftsmanship of a "built, not bought" muscle car? Do you like driving around in a classic or walking around the local cruise night once in awhile?
Is it the smell of grease, oil and gas in the garage? Is working on your car some form therapy for you? Do you like body work or building a 400 HP small block? Do you want to see how fast you can go or how many MPG you can get? Is it the smell of a burnout that gets you going?
Is it the music you listen to and the food you eat at car shows that keeps you coming back? Do you have fond memories as a kid of your Dad's or Mom's car?
Or is it just the feeling of driving down the road, any road, in your car with the radio blasting your favorite tunes, drinking a Coke and just enjoying the ride? Yeah, That works for me!
Post your reasons in the comments below.