I woke a few months ago feeling puzzled. I’ve been a petrol head since I can remember, and I’ve always lusted after the latest, fastest motorcar. But now I’m getting older and my tastes have become more defined and specific, I often look away from supercars and instead focus on older, more story-driven wheels.
A new car off the lot doesn’t excite me as much as, say, a car that’s been passed through a family, loved and cared for by its owners, and traveled the country in search of excitement. Maybe I’m just getting boring, but I have always had a dream to buy an old Citroen 2CV from somewhere out in the sticks of France and bring it back home after putting it through its paces on some of France’s best roads and through its tiniest of towns.
But is the 2CV my dream car? No, I don’t think so.
So instead I turn to the faster stuff. An R34 Skyline? Supra? Maybe an old American muscle car that has an engine larger than than the car I learned to drive in. I wouldn’t say no, but I certainly wouldn’t call those dreams.
But a couple of weeks ago I woke up and looked out my window after having an epiphany. I own a rather crappy Lexus IS200. It has a 2.0-litre inline-six producing little over 150hp and has been sat on my drive not doing anything for about 10 months now. I’ve since moved on to a diesel wagon while I do up my house (it’s perfect for journeys to the local hardware store), so the Lexus has just sat there gathering dust.
Today, I’ve decided that I’m going to create a track car out of the poor thing. I’ve owned it for many years and I’ve always wanted it to be more than it is, so I’m pulling out the interior, setting it up with some nice suspension, and welding the rear differential. That’s right, I’m going to learn how to drift.
That’s my dream. And yes it’s not overly flashy with my slow saloon, but I can’t wait to make some memories with a few mates around a battered old Japanese car.
What’s your dream car?
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