Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Passion for Performance Promotes Impracticality

Amanda and I have been pondering selling my 300ZX. If and when this happens, then I would drive our Ford Escape and we would get a minivan for her to drive the kids around in.

Since our two kids both need to be in car seats, my Z currently only serves three purposes - 1) for me to drive to work in, 2) for either of us to use when accomplishing tasks by ourselves, and 3) to drive when we're on a date. Besides the limited use, if I get tempted to drive it too fast then tickets are freakin' expensive (I have only received one in it though).

So why do I hesitate to sell it, or why did I even buy it in the first place? I was thinking through this and coming up with various questions such as: Am I trying to maintain a last desperate death grip on a rapidly escaping youth? Do I have too much pride to drive an 'uncool' vehicle? Am I not responsible enough and/or dedicated enough to my family and wife to give up what might be typically considered as a bachelor's car?

The most accurate and honest answer that I can come up with though is this: Ever since I was old enough to make a "vrooom" sound with my mouth, I have been fascinated with cars. I played extensively with Matchbox Cars (and Hot Wheels of course). I built numerous plastic scale models of them. I made cars out of Legos. I loved TV shows and movies that featured some sort of car. I pretended to drive them fast, slow, jump them off ramps, and skid around turns. I have enjoyed all three The Fast and the Furious movies, and I'm pretty sure that it wasn't because of the stellar plot. Hopefully, you get the picture by now.

I know other family men who have given up their aspirations of performance for a sensible sedan, SUV, or spacious minivan. But whenever I have seen it happen, I always feel sorry for them, especially if they're intense about their automotive appreciation. No, it's not the end of the world, but it's the end of a dream, and the day that your dreams die is a sad one indeed. So basically, even though it makes all of the sense in the world to sell my Z, it would mean giving up on one of my lifetime passions. And frankly, until I either see a need to part with it, or can afford a acceptable substitution for it (like maybe a Subaru WRX or a Mitsubishi Evo), I think I'll just hold steadfast to this hobby/project/passion of mine, as impractical as it may be.


Susan said...

Have you thought of a Solara...They are sporty, fast, and have room in the back seat for two car seats.

michael said...

No, I had never considered buying a Solara before, but there are several reasons why I wouldn't want one.

1) Yes it's sporty, but it doesn't look like a sports car.
2) It's front wheel drive, which is significantly less fun to drive as a rear wheel drive car. Also makes it less of a sports car.
3) It's too expensive. My Z is a 1991 that I purchased for $6k and then sunk another $1-$1.5k in repairs and upgrades into (plus many hours of labor). That's about the limit of my price range.

Thanks for the input. I'm sure the Solara is nice, but the WRX and Evo are both 4-door sedans and well respected sports cars. Either of those would probably be my choice when and if I can afford it.

Amanda Lomonaco said...

You should drive the minivan, you bunny;-).

BTW, you are such a snob.

Anonymous said...

Keep the Z as long as you can. It is a part of who you are and sometimes as responsible as we are all the time with life, it is nice to keep one treat that links us with what makes us...well, us. It's like you told Steven to take the trip to Italy.(maybe not the most practical decision but the best for his spirit and joy) Also I believe that it is good for our kids to see us doing things we love. To really know who we are and what makes us tick. For me that is many things, but nothing makes Mia happier than to see me paint and ask questions about it. I imagine it will be the same way for Lucas to see you working on your car. As it is for Max to learn all he can about sports and football from Daniel. Hope that makes sense.


Anonymous said...

I understand. But I just sold my Tahoe because of fuel reasons. I am now driving my brothers '89 Mazda Protege. Good on gas, it is a stick but very simple. The van we have has gadgets and TV so I'm ok driving it.
One Day,
Stephen Bock

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