We all come to where we are one step at a time. Each of those steps makes sense, even if the resulting destination surprises us. I thought I’d explain how I reached the point where I live in the densely populated city of Newton, Massachusetts, on a 6600-square-foot lot and own 11 cars.
I blame Hagerty, but let’s start at the beginning. Read the full column on Hagerty.com:
Rob, Been there & done that and super sized it. Relate to your story all to closely. We car guys are something else aren't we? Great article. I know that there are millions of car guys reading your story and relating to every aspect of it. I personally had a big smile on my face while reading about your adventures. And I also know that your story is condensed due to space limitations. What we car guys go through only we can justify to ourselves...sometimes...
It's a disease.
Plain and simple. I have 65+ cars, trucks and motorbikes (I'm not sure of the exact number)
I have 2 large barns and several storage facilities. I even have a Nissan Frontier in Saipan!!
I will never finish all of them before I die. Boo.
Think you're all set? Guess again, you know better.
Seven cars does seem a lot.
The problem is similar to any new sport... a new sport or acquisition requires you subtract new sport time from the others. This thought keeps me from several things..
I used to flip 2002s, I've had fifteen of them, I think. Nowadays they're scarce, expensive or beat nearly to death. But I too have a 3.0CS which mostly sits, and a BMW K1300GT bike that is way, far more than enough to kill me. These are "enough" for now.
I'm not sure why, but every time I read one of your articles, I either feel like I know you from somewhere, or that maybe I wrote the article...but I am not a BMW guy, I live in California, and I am a retired software/management person who still teaches part-time. I never have enough space for my cars. I have some at home, rent some space, and still fall short. Currently, my wife and I have 10 cars, although she doesn't know about the latest one yet. There will be an opportune moment for the revelation. I never miss a story because they validate my continuing quest for something useful to do!
I have been reading you for years in Roundel, and now at Hagerty. I came across your Bavaria article, because I just bought a real nice, 1973 Bavaria 4 speed for 8 grand!
I also just received my Hagerty insurance bill for $36! Any idea where I can find replacement rear speakers? Thanks,
Tim Doyle , Pembroke, NH email@example.com