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Why being a car guy sucks.

Posted in AMC, Best of, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Corvette, Dodge, Domestic Rides, European Rides, Ford, Mercedes Benz, Pop Culture, Rides by MrAngry | December 28th, 2011 | 3 Responses |

1972 Ford Galaxie

It would’ve been so much easier if I was just into video games or something because there are times when being a car guy totally sucks. You see I don’t just like cars, I love them. In fact every aspect of my life revolves around them. I write about them, build them, race them, film them… hell, they encompass everything I do. Who knew that back in the day when I was playing with Matchbox and remote control cars that it would turn into an obsession that has taken over my life. The problem is this; I want everything, but the fatal combination of a writers salary and lack of space prevent this from happening. Sure being in the industry helps, as we get to drive press cars and go to different automotive related events, but still, that doesn’t change the fact that I jones for something different in the garage on a daily basis. Take this near perfect 1972 Ford Galaxie 500 that I spied recently on eBay. Folks, if I had the money this sucker would be in my garage tomorrow. Sure it’s big and cumbersome, but it’s a classic piece of American iron that I would love to use as a daily driver. Maybe it’s because it’s different, or maybe its because cars like this remind me of my childhood growing up in the 1970’s. Whatever the reason though, road yachts like this always get my blood pumping.

1973 Mercedes-Benz

Understand that it’s not just vintage American stuff that excites me either. Take this old 1973 Mercedes-Benz 200-Series 280 SEL for example. It was build in a time when a Mercedes-Benz was still built like a tank. Cars of this vintage not only drove great, but they have a timeless style that even now, 38 years later, still looks great. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll hit lotto, or perhaps be in a position to get that 40 car garage I’ve always dreamed about. Either way though, there are times when being a car guy is a drag, as there are just so many wonderful rides out there and so little time to experience them.

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3 Responses

  1. T says:

    Sucks as in, gives you something to live for…

    Besides, this is bordering on being a “collector” — you can’t daily drive a car colletion, look at Jay Leno.

    To me it seems pretty clear what you should do: buy cars at amazing prices, drive them until you get tired of it, sell for profit (or fix them up even).

  2. Ben T. says:

    True that… J Leno is living every petrol-head’s dream. And when he was asked why he does it, he just said “Because I can…” and it’s true, he wont bring it his riches to his grave anyway, so why not spend it doing what makes you happy.

  3. Greg says:

    Its those Magnum 500 wheels, they make any Ford look dead sexy.