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I am a car guy and just thinking is there car enthusiast here? I have always being interested of cars and i have owned a few classic cars which i have been driving in the summer time. Cars i have owned most of them has been european starting at 71 vw beetle.. Now i have a american made car and i am just restoring it slowly as i will use it again in the next summer.

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Great topic.  I must confess I've never owned anything special and if I started now it would no doubt be branded a mid-life crisis.

My parents were avid motorsport fans before I was born, and my toddler years were spent with plenty of visits to our local racing circuit where they held season tickets. Back in those days the weekend club racers could find themselves on the grid next to the F1 greats of the era. I got my middle name from the British F1 legend who was world champion of the year.  So that was an era of Lotus Cortina's, Minis, GT40s, Lolas and the Cosworth DFV powered F1 cars.

The next few years saw a bit of austerity and my motoring experiences were helping my dad trying to keep a string of 70's rust bucket cars on the road - everything from being the extra pair of hands for the brake bleeding to the changing of engines on the driveway.

Later was my turn... still only a spectator unfortunately - taking in stages of the RAC Rally at Grizedale Forest. taking my own son a few times to the circuit I'd been brought up, to the now closed F1 Museum at Donington and generally being an armchair enthusiast.

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I have never owned anything special either. Have had quite a few cars in my time, starting with a Morris Minor when I first passed my test, then a company-provided Ford Fiesta XR2 hot (ish) hatch. Mid-life crisis car was bought for aesthetic rather than performance reasons, but it's still fun: Peugeot RCZ which I love dearly.

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Here are few of my dream cars which i would buy if i got enough cash, maybe someday if i work hard enough or win a lottery..hah. But hey it is free to dream about everything, right?

Porsche and Ford mustang gt350( or any mustang) prices are skyhigh nowadays here, but the 2nd gen firebird is still in somewhat reasonable prices allthough they are creeping up prices too.

Now i own a 3gen firebird and they are still quite affortable but they are getting more pricey aswell, and there is a still quite of them on the market in very different conditions.

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Just following on from your posts @willinglywet. My RCZ is a lovely car and handles really well, but it's only the small engine (1600cc, 156bhp). They did make a 200bhp version with stiffer suspension, but it was quite a bit more money even when I bought mine second-hand 3 and a bit years ago.

If I were looking to change (I am not, at the moment) and thought I could get the idea past K (my wife, who is an excellent driver and who enjoys driving, but who considers a car to be purely functional) I thought I might see if I could stretch to an old Porsche Cayman or Audi TT Quattro, or failing that, a Toyota GT86. So those are the 'nearly realistic dream cars' for me right now. After that, I guess I would be quite keen to try out a Jaguar F-Type. I will never own one, but it would be fun to test-drive I think. 

I have two friends who are in the fortunate position to have made enough money in their careers to indulge their petrol-head nature: one has a Bentley Continental GT, and the other a Ferrari Portofino. Am I jealous? Just a little!

Pics show my RCZ and the three potential replacements - you'll see a type emerging: pretty coupés!

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1 hour ago, Kupar said:

Just following on from your posts @willinglywet. My RCZ is a lovely car and handles really well, but it's only the small engine (1600cc, 156bhp). They did make a 200bhp version with stiffer suspension, but it was quite a bit more money even when I bought mine second-hand 3 and a bit years ago.

If I were looking to change (I am not, at the moment) and thought I could get the idea past K (my wife, who is an excellent driver and who enjoys driving, but who considers a car to be purely functional) I thought I might see if I could stretch to an old Porsche Cayman or Audi TT Quattro, or failing that, a Toyota GT86. So those are the 'nearly realistic dream cars' for me right now. After that, I guess I would be quite keen to try out a Jaguar F-Type. I will never own one, but it would be fun to test-drive I think. 

I have two friends who are in the fortunate position to have made enough money in their careers to indulge their petrol-head nature: one has a Bentley Continental GT, and the other a Ferrari Portofino. Am I jealous? Just a little!

Pics show my RCZ and the three potential replacements - you'll see a type emerging: pretty coupés!

Audi-TT-Quattro.jpg

Porsche Cayman.png

RCZ 2.jpg

Toyota GT86.jpg

Nice cars indeed and i bet quite fun to drive too. In the perfect world where i would have enough money i would propably buy a new Porsche as a daily driver, but for my hobby and summertime car has to be classic. Dont know why but i love the simple mechanics and pure driving experience without any modern aids nursing you, its just you who is driving. And offcourse one major thing about older cars is the looks, i cant deny that i love how they look. Offcourse there is a plenty of cool modern cars aswell but its not same to me.

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19 hours ago, gldenwetgoose said:

Great topic.  I must confess I've never owned anything special and if I started now it would no doubt be branded a mid-life crisis.

I wonder what would be the most un-mid-life crisis sort of car? A campervan? A very old, slow and basic (but now classic) VW Beetle, or a Trabant? A Citroën 2CV? Maybe a Smart Car...

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12 minutes ago, oliver2 said:

I wonder what would be the most un-mid-life crisis sort of car? A campervan? A very old, slow and basic (but now classic) VW Beetle, or a Trabant? A Citroën 2CV? Maybe a Smart Car...

Vauxhall/Opel Vectra Estate. No doubt about it.

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On 1/22/2021 at 4:53 PM, gldenwetgoose said:

Great topic.  I must confess I've never owned anything special and if I started now it would no doubt be branded a mid-life crisis.

My parents were avid motorsport fans before I was born, and my toddler years were spent with plenty of visits to our local racing circuit where they held season tickets. Back in those days the weekend club racers could find themselves on the grid next to the F1 greats of the era. I got my middle name from the British F1 legend who was world champion of the year.  So that was an era of Lotus Cortina's, Minis, GT40s, Lolas and the Cosworth DFV powered F1 cars.

The next few years saw a bit of austerity and my motoring experiences were helping my dad trying to keep a string of 70's rust bucket cars on the road - everything from being the extra pair of hands for the brake bleeding to the changing of engines on the driveway.

Later was my turn... still only a spectator unfortunately - taking in stages of the RAC Rally at Grizedale Forest. taking my own son a few times to the circuit I'd been brought up, to the now closed F1 Museum at Donington and generally being an armchair enthusiast.

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What a beautiful and family oriented story. Good for you witnessing history during these competitions..

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Man, I can see the UK influence strong in this thread! 😂 I've watched enough Top Gear to know what a Vauxhall is, but we don't have that in America. (If we do, it's under a different brand name. I forget what it might be.)

I'm not really a car enthusiast, but there are definitely some cars that I love. I've always loved the Lamborghini Murcielago - the lines of the car are gorgeous, and I think it's the best combination of Audi and Lambo. (Also, i think it's the last of the V12s, don't remember.) Its design is just so elegant.

I don't own a car at the moment due to where I live (it's cheaper, and honestly, cars aren't really worth it if you don't have to own one) but if I had to buy something for pleasure, I would honestly probably buy a Mazda MX-5 (the fourth generation, the newest). They're small enough that you can have fun driving them in everyday conditions, yet they're great roadsters. They aren't hideously expensive, either. They have drawbacks - roadsters are designed for driving ("motoring", as you all say) instead of hauling passengers and groceries - but you know what you're getting into if you buy a roadster. I owned a 2010 Mazda 3 for a little while - the standard-shift version, which was difficult to find, in the States - and I was really pleased with the experience even for a five-door FWD sedan, so I imagine that an MX-5 would be a blast to drive.

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The MX-5 seems to have been the go-to affordable rear-wheel-drive, fun two-seater for a very long time, and it's very tempting, unless you want more power. 

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9 minutes ago, Uroguy said:

If a 2-seater, then no thanks. What do you make of Ford cars?

I've only ever had one Ford - a new Fiesta XR2 in the late 1980s / early 1990s. I loved it. But I was a pretty inexperienced driver then so I can't really give you much of an answer.

I chose a SEAT Altea over a Ford C-Max many years ago when I needed a decent sized family car because the Altea felt more comfortable, looked nicer and was less plasticky inside. 

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On 1/23/2021 at 7:56 AM, willinglywet said:

Nice cars indeed and i bet quite fun to drive too. In the perfect world where i would have enough money i would propably buy a new Porsche as a daily driver, but for my hobby and summertime car has to be classic. Dont know why but i love the simple mechanics and pure driving experience without any modern aids nursing you, its just you who is driving. And offcourse one major thing about older cars is the looks, i cant deny that i love how they look. Offcourse there is a plenty of cool modern cars aswell but its not same to me.

There's actually something to this, yes. I do feel like the driving experience of today is much farther removed from the act of actually driving; cars are almost like little personal pod spaces that cater to more and more needs without making you work for it. (I actually drove a car one - a friend's later modal Mazda 3 - and while it was a stick shift, it had a clutch assist on hills. I didn't know about it, so when I went to do a hill start, I was completely surprised by the lack of rollback and it threw me off. While I can understand how things like that can be useful, they're weird to get used to and I don't like them as a crutch.) It's true that the mechanics can be easier as well, although I wouldn't say that the basics have changed all that much. It's just that a lot of the timing stuff for engines is now computer-controlled, and you need to be able to access those systems if you want to make real changes.

I used to have a motorcycle and one thing that was nice about it is that it is by definition simple. I learned how to drain the float bowls on the carbs because I got water in my gasoline (long story) and it was something that I could do on the side of the road when necessary. These days, you can't even push-start an automatic - hell, if the battery dies, you can't even get it out of Park because the solenoid won't fire!

I find myself wondering what you think about the newer takes on older designs. (I felt as though at one point, Ford had a pretty decent design with the newer Mustangs, but now they look like Porsches to me. Not that Porsches are bad, but Mustangs shouldn't look like Porsches. I don't find Ford's recent designs appealing, but the Chevys aren't bad at all.)

On 1/23/2021 at 4:25 PM, Uroguy said:

Does anyone own or has driven a McClaren F1 sports car? 

The average person doesn't have the money to buy a McLaren, much less drive one for a day. (Also, the F1 is an awesome car, but it's twenty-something years old now, so the people who own them are keeping them - there aren't new ones entering the market.) But who knows - you might be well outside everyone's tax bracket! 😂

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I am not outside everyone's tax bracket. I was merely asking a question. I used to play a racing car video game, and weirdly enough, I liked that vehicle. I have always wanted what the F1 was like in real life. So I asked the above question. If no one knows so be it. No harm.

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I've driven loads of cars, the most bizarre one being a hearse, that was fun! I used to rally prep mini's and escorts for the lads to rally around the lanes near me in when I was younger, I've owned all sorts, capri, cavalier, allegro, marina, maxi, maestro, skoda, several astra's, granada's landrovers, and many more that I've forgotten, I'm a police trained driver so I can throw them about pretty well, and yes I have owned a police car, the fastest I've driven was 145 mph in a bmw. I've just converted a landrover to two wheel drive after it suffered a VCD failure, it will wheelspin in 1st, second, and third if I push it.

The funniest experience I ever had was with a ford capri that decided to fuck me about, it regularly refused to start and I worked out it was an ignition problem, I replaced every electrical componant and it still played up, one day it pushed me too far so I snapped and attacked it with a Stihl saw (a petrol driven disc cutter), needless to say it didn't annoy me any more. lol

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