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Date registered: Aug 2002
Vehicle: And what was left was what was guilt was what u gave to me
Location: A cavalcade of strangers came to tear ur world apart
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Every time you drive a car you damage it. Period. Rock chips, bird dropping stains, water splatter, dirt, not to mention the catastrophe of an accident, any kind of accident as all cars are actually so fragile that even a parking lot bump does incredible damage. If you ever restored a car to as good or better than original condition you would know what I am talking about and would know the level of detail I am abiding by. Once YOU place all the incredible hours of effort upon an automobile, the expense in time, the years of knowledge through mistakes, making a neglected car new again, then you will understand my dilemma regarding driving them like drivers. I drive my old ones just about two miles on perfect Sundays once every two months when all the assholes with their disposable can openers and like minded appliances get the fuck off the road. About 2 miles, just enough to lubricate and warm all the fluids. My ideology is not rare, it is merely respect for the effort given.
Now I do have three newer cars I use as drivers. They will be used as designed, they will be toilet paper. All cars are toilet paper. They are designed (especially the plastic laden late models) as 25 year maximum life automobiles. I don't pretend not to notice all the accrued damage, I just accept their minimum life span and my neglect and abuse. This is what I urge you to do, acknowledge you treat a car as a throw away piece of used up trash, as a device you took from minty new to raw sewage just as we do our bodies. We have only ourselves to blame, ignorance is not accepted as an excuse from the law and certainly not for car care.
Old cars drive like shit. Pure shit. Undiluted, pure shit that swirls and doesn't evacuate. You cannot get around this fact and you should not delude yourself or listen to faggoty magazine editors who should be enslaved for a year in genuine car restoration in order to get a more balanced and broadened approach to car ownership. A new Kia drives better than the best Benz of 25 years ago, which really was the best made car on the road at that time. Sure some cars always drive better than like era, comparable ilk, but does anyone think a 1930 anything drives good? No. We keep for their beauty and rarity, their inherent design appreciation. The older a car gets the more immobile it becomes until it is museum or collector bound art, then the drive qualities are especially irrelevant. The most expensive cars in the world drive like shit. Take a vintage Ferrari race car with the presumed famous driver/race provenance (faked of course, just like all these rare muscle cars), or any race car for that matter, a Mercedes 500K, a Cadillac V16, a Pierce Arrow V12, a Duesenberg SSJ, or even a genuine Bugatti Royale; they are all horrible drives by standards of the 1950's, not to mention today. Why do you think they were so cheap in the 50's and 60's for crying out loud? Now they are basically static art work and all the more valuable for it. All I am saying is that design matters most, image helps, and provenance sells.
Last edited by Shane; 02-01-2009 at 10:09 AM.