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Avoidable Contact #75: How did I get a son who doesn't love cars?
By the time you read this, my 11-year-old son will have ridden perhaps 50 miles in the new 2020 McLaren GT. I'm picking him up from school tomorrow and taking him for an early dinner so we will both be free to help my photography crew get some pictures of this utterly gorgeous quarter-million-dollar metallic-blue-with-cream-interior supercar later on in the evening. I know this car is catnip for kids because about 20 different neighborhood groms came over to my house this evening to watch the doors go up and down, ooh-and-aah at the roar of the engine, poke-and-prod at the various expensive-looking controls scattered throughout the interior, and stare open-mouthed at the way the nose can lift itself to clear the breakover angle of my driveway.
A parent who worries about being a good parent is a great parent, and they are in short supply....!
My son loved racing dirt bikes but he had to do all his own wrenching. I loved the bikes, he loved the competition, we both loved the speed. He learned to drive in the 4-speed Mustang I bought during my senior year in High School. We both thought we were a cool breeze in the same car in High School! He does the wrenching on that now too. Still has it (to humor me I suspect). Runs a computer tech company now. Always his first love was computers, but he feigns interest in car stuff so we have something in common. He is a good human and I am proud of him. How cool is that?!