If the only person who gets hurt is the driver then it’s just like any other high risk sport and to be encouraged. We are only truly alive when we take (calculated) risks. But when it’s others that will be hurt by the stupidity or lack of skill that the rest of us should draw the line and say enough is enough. Hard to say where that line is with supercars. I could drive any car too fast and too stupid and kill myself and others. But some cars, like the 765LT, sound like they might be a bit much for most. Thank God most cars like that are just driven down the Avenue for the ‘gram!
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Jack, you had me until the very end and then you swerved into the tire wall of ridiculousness. I don't think anyone in any power gives a damn about curtailing anyone else's freedom unless there is profit or power in it. They only care about themselves just like the rest of us. Which is kind of why all of this is ridiculous. OF COURSE politicians are going to score political points with constituents with genuine concern over the quality of the air they breath and the effects of global warming. OF COURSE car corporations are going to score branding points with the largest consumer base in history--about to inherit the largest transfer of wealth in history--with those same genuine concerns and who are all about the story they are told. So you bet they are gonna roll out them EVs like mad and market the hell out of what great corporate citizens they are while still shipping gas guzzling SUVs and CUVs and V8 supercars by the mega-ship load out the back door. The marketing story alone is worth more than the car sales. And OF COURSE switching every car on Earth to EV won't solve global warming. But it's an easy straw to grasp and that's what politicians do. The first thing that always happens is blaming the individual for the problem and then making it their solution to bear (as you note). Takes the heat off the systematic changes that really need to happen so the cashing in can go on uninhibited (see paragraph one). At least until it can't. And OF COURSE internal combustion cars aren't going away until there is a real alternative. Imagine the riots, the likes of which have never been seen. Yet EVs make perfect sense in cities where most everybody lives today and where 90% of trips are short and range never matters. So all the worry about them coming to pry our cold, dead hands off our V8s is just a lazy way to score cheap points. The small percentage of us who want or need cars with gas will still have them or a reasonable substitute. And yes, EVs are only for the wealthier, but cars aren't going to solve inequality. The prices will come down eventually, and really they are mostly status symbols anyway. And other factors yet unforeseen will change the game and life will go on like it always has. Winners, losers, and we all get where we need to go. So why are we taking all this what might happen in 15 years fear seriously? More to the point, why so often lately have you been painting such dismal views of the future in your column? You OK man? Look, I thought and hoped that hagerty.com was a community of car enthusiasts. I was and am real excited about it and love what's being built. You are among my favorite authors and I'm always on the lookout for your words. You tell great stories about the cars themselves, the people who love them, the places they drive, and the companies who build them, and bring great insights along the way. But your writing has gotten kind of dark and negative lately. I'm really hoping that isn't the new direction for you or the site. I'm loving what Sam Smith has been writing, and I want to hear more from that guy at the dealership who worked with the drug dealers. And about the next generation of enthusiasts and what they're into, not just all the old white guys who can afford Hagerty Insurance. I want to hear about the women enthusiasts. And more about what it's like to race. And things I don't even know I want to hear about. You recently wrote about pulling up ladders for the next generation. The biggest ladder is not being enthusiastic and celebrating this hobby in all its forms, but falling into the anger and disappointment and fear that surrounds each and every one of us all the damn time. Don't we all come here to escape that? Isn't that what the freedom of our cars means? The second is clapping our hands over our ears and screaming that you'll never take my internal combustion cars away from me. That will take all those potential enthusiasts and turn them instead into what you most fear. After all, things will work out. Remember all the doom and gloom bull**bleep** when they took the lead out of gas? Oh God, my old car will have to be scrapped!!! Every change brings anxiety. But we can do the opposite. Let's celebrate and look for the fun and the good in change and new technology and ideas, because it's there. How the hell else did we get what we value about yesterday and today?
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