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SamAdamsPaleAle
Detailer

How I became a Car enthusiast.

Hey every, my names Sam. You may know me from my interview back in October. For everyone who didn’t read that, I’m fourteen and love cars. That’s gonna be my post for today, just talking about my relationship with cars. 

 

I can remember being eight, maybe nine. My dad, mom, two older brothers, and I went to the New Hope car show, in New Hope Pennsylvania. We pulled up to a spot, hopped out the car, and to our right was a late 1950s Corvette. I really don’t remember much about the car, other than it was this beautiful pearl white with a gorgeous red interior. It’s quad headlights looked deep into my impressionable eyes, burning the image into my brain. From what my brain’s telling me, that was my earliest car memory. 

 

My main exposure to motorsports and the like came from video games. Forza Horizon was the game that made 8 year old me love cars. Ripping around the Colorado wilderness in a Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa and Shelby Cobra Daytona all while blasting Arctic Monkeys and Black Keys is what made me a car enthusiast. But I didn’t really know that at the time. My brain could only process what I could do in Forza. 

 

Fast forward a couple of years. Now, I’m 11. Life was turbulent but beginning to stabilize. I had always wanted a Razor dirtbike. I think every boy in my age range has wanted a Razor dirtbike or something like it. Fast enough to scare a child, but not enough to kill them. The perfect toy for boy. Anyways, as an 11 year old, I wanted a Razor dirtbike, so I watched YouTube videos of them. Well, YouTube has this funny thing called an algorithm. It recommends videos similar to the ones you watched previously. So, as I’m watching these videos on Razor bikes, videos for mini bikes pop up. Me, being the curious kid I was, watched those videos. And I fell in love with mini bikes. They were cool, loud, and looked like tons of fun. So I only watched mini bike videos. 

 

With the videos on mini bikes, and then eventually go karts, I learned that I was more interested in getting those old machines working rather than actually, ya know, riding them. Youtube also realized that, and handed internet obsessed me videos on cars, mainly classic American muscle. It was like heaven.

 

There’s times I wish I could forget about cars and then learn about them again. I was in a state of Nirvana. All I thought about was cars. Shelby's, Camaros, Plymouths, you name it, I loved it. I loved hearing them drive, and I loved learning about them. Cars were a great distraction for school, I can tell you that. 

 

But it was a fateful day in 7th grade, where I discovered my favorite car of all time. I was coming off of my critical reading class, which I absolutely despised by the way, and I walked into our school’s library. I walked up to our librarian and I asked her “Do we have any books on cars?” Her face was perplexed, then she looked down at her computer, and gave me my answer. “Sure, there's a small section right next to the elevator.” I walked over, and she was right. The selection was small, but there was one book that piqued my interest. It was Consumer Guides’ Cars of the 1960s. The book was very well worn, with the pages falling out of the book when I had borrowed it. 

 

I remember sitting in my bedroom and flipping through the sections and landing on the Chevrolet section. I read through it, and on the next page, it read about the Corvair. It was like falling in love. A rear engine, air cooled, flat six? With a turbocharger? Sign me up sir. After reading that, I went on my computer, and just googled everything about the Corvair for a solid hour. I loved everything about the Corvair. It's history, its controversy, the Yenko and Fitch Sprint cars, etc. 

 

I don’t wanna drag this post on for much longer. You guys get the gist. And to those who read all the way through that, cheers. What got you into cars?

9 REPLIES 9
Sajeev
Community Manager

Wow, it's fascinating to see how video games and YouTube's algorithm really took your love for cars to another level! And its always nice to see how modern technology is making our lives better, because we hear about the bad stuff far too often these days. 

My moment came when I was in 4th grade when my parents bought our Continental Valentino...not gonna re-hash that again as I've said it plenty of times on the Community, and will likely make another Media/Blog post about it soon. 

jonZ
Instructor

At the age of 66 now, I'm not sure I can remember that far back so I'll cop out and just say for as long as I can remember I've been a motor head. As a side bar....reading is critical and I'm glad you stuck it out, but I'm not to sure about critical reading. The corvairs got a bad rap back in the day. One of my uncles had a Monza that was bad to the bone.

Guitar74
Technician

Nader used the Corvair as a platform for whatever gripe he had with GM. He was the soundbite sensationalist before there was such a thing. 

gerald102413
Detailer

Excellent story. For me, my love for cars began as a year kid and from the moment my dad purchased an "88" Ford Taurus, I loved that auto because of the original movie RoboCop. Love the original film and the car looks very urban and a mean ride. In addition from the late 80's Taurus, the C4 Corvettes, XJ series Jaguars and no shame to admit, I loved the Cadillac Allantes. Those are the cars I love back then and even more today. 

Guitar74
Technician

I always liked the 1st generation Taurus. It looked VERY futuristic at the time. The SHO was nothing to sneeze at back then. The Allante was very popular with the dentists around my area. It was almost as if you couldn't be part of the club without one. I was in high school at the time they were popular. I would like to have one of the Northstar equipped Allantes.

gerald102413
Detailer

No doubt Guitar that the Ford Taurus was without question ahead of Its time in terms of the body exterior style. My parents friend still owns his "91" Allante and still rides fine even till this very day. The computerize dashboard that read the MPH,e.t.c...still is impressive after 30+ years later.

hyperv6
Instructor

Some people choose to be a auto enthusiast. But there are a select few that are born auto enthusiast. I am one of the latter. 

I literally can say from the time I could show interest in anything that was automobiles.  Once I showed interest my great uncle a GM engineer fostered it as have a host of people along the way. 

My father could hardly check oil. He worked at Goodyear but was into computers and didn’t even know tires. But he let me go to be in the. Environment I needed to be in to learn. 

Even today I make my living in the performance industry. I have gotten to meet and work with many of my hero’s over the years and got paid for it. 

My wife understood my life style and has Let me put some of my automotive collectibles around the house. How many have a framed signed John Lingenfelter poster up in the bathroom of the house with a Enzo Ferrari poster and a Shelf With Grumpys Toy between them. My wife is very special to put up with me. 

My job and the people I know have afforded me opportunities over the years to endulge be it climbing into Craig Breedlove Sonic 1 Sprit of America jet car or building a complete top fuel short block with used parts from racer friend who broke them. I made it into a table with a glass top and each piston is signed by a different driver. 

This life is how I have always lived and I don’t expect to ever change. 

So I can’t really put a finger on when I went car crazy as I have always been this way. 

Guitar74
Technician

Kind of the same way. It didn't hurt that my Dad was into muscle cars, mom worked for a dealership early on in her career, and that the cruising culture was huge where I am from. The youngsters are really missing out on that one.

Rob1
Instructor

Niagara area of Ontario Canada was my stomping grounds up till retirement two General Motors plants many steel mills industry flourished from the fifty's on money flowed in that area the young guys had high paying jobs and car culture was off the hook my father worked at Ford dealerships at the height of the muscle car era Ford would put on performance clinics and as a kid dad would take me to them the dealerships Ford or otherwise had car shows on weekends you name it we would attend,Ford of Canada race team would pull up with the big cabover rigs and show off the new Cobra Jets and their drivers would sign glossy prints so my childhood thru my teenage years was filled with cars my uncle and farther both shade tree engineer's to not grow up interested in cars would have been unnatural for a young lad street racing was big in our area and these guys were considered kings to us young guys local drag strips circle tracks dirt and paved.Today the area is a rusted out shell of its former self  as has happened all over America industry is all but gone high paying jobs are few at 20 grand you can own a small used economy car if your lucky,police not tolerant of even a squeek out of your tires my generation and the car culture we hold onto dinosaurs for the most part yes still some car shows yes still some clubs but not even close to what it was progress I guess,now living in a more remote part of Ontario  I thought me and my relic car would be a oddity come to find out a great number of muscle car guys here in the north I think I will stay.LOL R