If you can name it, then there is almost always someone out there who has developed a passion, or higher appreciation for such a thing. The level of passion can vary from a means of leisure, up to a way of life and full devotion. Sometimes it is easy for one to explain their passion to others to understand, and sometimes it can be a bit more difficult.
For me and many others like me, it has always been a challenge to fully explain what exactly it is that draws me towards my passion for cars. There isn’t exactly one particular reason to pinpoint why, but rather a collection of reasons. The first main hurdle faced when trying to explain to a non car person your passion for cars, is getting them to forget what their definition of what a car is. For a non-car person, what they want in a car is completely different than a car enthusiast.
You see, when someone has a special interest for something, almost all practicality goes down the drain. A non-car enthusiast will generally seek an economical car that gets great gas mileage, is dependable, is relatively inexpensive to maintain, and will be the most comfortable for them. For a car enthusiast, these factors play a much smaller role in the cars they choose to own. Things such as performance, aesthetics, collectability, and personal preferences are more important to them. Understanding this is the biggest hurdle to overcome in understanding car culture.
I happened to find a small article that covers some great reasons that can be easily relatable to even those who don’t consider themselves to have a passion for cars [Article]. One reason covered in the article that all should be able to relate to is the sense of freedom that is given by having a car. As a kid just getting your license, its exciting to be able to now drive yourself places without the dependency on others. This sense of freedom sticks with us all.
Another great reason the article discusses is Personality. The article describes it as your car being a “direct extension” of how you view yourself as a person. This couldn’t be more true for car enthusiasts. Many car lovers see their car as a representation of themselves and invest large amounts of money into their cars to get them to be most appealing to themselves. This is why car meets (events held where car enthusiasts gather to display their cars) are a popular activity amongst car enthusiasts. It gives them the opportunity to share with like minded people everything they have done to their car and why.
In the end, we all have our guilty pleasures and areas that we probably shouldn’t spend as much as we choose to in. It’s just what we choose to spend abnormal amounts of time and money in that separates us. Hopefully this post can help to better explain the reasons behind car enthusiasts and their decisions.
Do you think someone is a fool for spending lets say $3-$5,000 to upgrade their car?