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The pursuit of automobiles

Miles Black

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[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]A car drives by and you don’t even notice. You just missed a 1994 Acura NSX drive by, something you may think to be just a junker car from the ‘90’s but is really a hidden jem. My head turns to the slightest muffled sound of an exhaust or the reflection off of a rear fender’s elegant curve. Cars are one of the most meaningful aspects in my life; I have grown up around them and have spent most of my time studying them inside and out. To me, being without cars is like an artist without a vision.

The sad reality is that I have been left to face the fall in car culture. No one today cares. They don’t care about the design. The power. The history. The dream behind the machine. Wealthy collectors who have spent their lives assembling collections that even royal dignitaries have marveled over, have been leaving their collections to their children who do not care about “a piece of metal with four wheels.” Classic cars have flooded the automobile market causing the prices to fall drastically. When people do find the spark about a car they usually only want one that boasts their wealth. They usually buy BMWs, a Mercedes-Benz, or Porsches that cost more than some people make in a year. There are nearly a million of these cars rolling around in Texas alone.

Those arent real cars. Those cars all have electronic nannies such as power steering, automatic gear boxes, ABS (anti-locking braking system), and traction control that really drives the car for you. A real car would be a 1956 Maserati 150S that swept Lemans, an Aston Martin DB5 made famous by James Bond, or a RUF Porsche Yellowbird. You can’t zone out or take a peek at your phone to drive these cars. You need both hands and full focus. People don’t like  these cars because they are “unreliable” or constantly break down. This is all part of the experience; if you can’t handle it don’t drive it. I can’t count how many times I have changed a flat tire, put out an engine fire, jumped a car or seen the belt break on an engine. Whenever people today run into car trouble, they call for assistance. You should be able to handle your car when it runs into trouble.

I understand that people just don’t care anymore. It bothers me and I want to be able to share my passion. The only good thing that could come out of this would be the prices of once unachievable rare cars dropping tremendously to the point where I would be able to posses my own humble little collection. Hopefully things will change with time and movies like the “Fast and Furious” series that have fought to bring back the fascination. Either way I will always keep cars a big part of my life and hope that they become a part of our culture and society once again.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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