It’s very easy to say “I’m a car guy”, but what does that really mean? Does it mean that you simply like the looks of a car, are you constantly wrenching one or does being a car guy simply mean that you appreciate everything that the automobile is and represents. I find that car guys come in all shapes and sizes, from every financial background that you can think of and run the gamut as far as age goes as well. Some car guys love the exotics, others muscle cars and yet others antiques and imports. One thing that is usually constant is that a “true” car guy appreciates every type of automobile on the road today and doesn’t pigeonhole themselves into one specific automotive genre.
Not too long ago I was speaking to a gentleman that I met at a car show and we got on the subject of exotics, Lamborghini’s to be exact. The guy was in his mid-40’s and obviously successful based on the lime green Murcielago that he was standing next to. We talked about the power it made, how well it handled, its all-wheel drive system, etc. But, then as the conversation progressed and I started injecting other cars into the mix, the Murcie owner began to get defensive, almost like I was insulting him by bringing other cars into the equation. We spoke about Ferrari’s new and amazing 458 Italia, to which he said was one of the most overrated cars to come out in the last 10 years. We also hit on the Corvette ZR1, a car that costs a third of the price of a new Murcielago and has 99% of its capabilities. Being a Corvette however it was dismissed simply because it was a Chevrolet.
The more we continued speaking the more my dislike for this gentleman grew. Here was a guy that was in possession of one of the most amazing cars ever produced, but because I didn’t put it on a pedestal, he simply disregarded every sentence I said unless it had the name Lamborghini in it, due to this I politely bowed out of the conversation and walked away.
Over the years I have had thousands of conversations about cars of every year, make and model and the majority of people that I speak with are true car guys and gals. They love the automobile for what it represents, what it does and how it makes people feel and they are, for the most part, appreciative of what every other manufacturer has to offer. These are the “real” car people in my opinion. The guy with the green Lambo, well… he was the definition of a “poser’, he knew everything about the car that he owned and was the master of his own little world. Once taken out of his fishbowl though he would flop around like a guppy on a hot dock. For thousands of men, women and children out there cars are a way of life. They’re what make us get out of bed in the morning, they inspire us and believe it or not for some lucky bastards like myself, they provide us with careers. Being a “car guy” to me simply means you love the automobile and all it represents and by having that attitude means that you are granted rights into one of the most exclusive clubs in existence.