Running on Fumes: Automotive Appreciation

Editorial : December 5, 2008

There’s no technical jargon or breaking news in this blog today folks.

It’s Friday, my brain is fried and I’ve come to realize something lately.

With everything automotive that I’ve been surrounded with in the past year or so, I think I’ve really taken it for granted. Once in a while everyone needs to slow down and realize how impressive some things are around them. I walk into work every morning and barely nod my head at the twin turbo ford GT, big singled Supra, or the RHD R32 Skyline I’ve gotten accustomed to seeing. If this was me a year ago, I’d be in pure awe of what I was seeing. It happens to everyone, but I never thought I’d see the day.

National Speed - Event Coverage

A quick glance into the parking lot and it’s a manufacturer fanboy’s dream. I’m not jaded, but I have noticed it lacks the usual “punch”, if you will. Whenever I drive around I barely notice the stares, double takes and occasional cameraphones being whipped out anymore. I don’t understand why someone would be interested in my car until I realize it looks like a purple and green children’s concoction.

National Speed - Nissan 240sx

I think every now and again everyone needs to take a look around and really appreciate what they see. Sure, 500hp is the new 300hp but it still takes work to get there. Far too often I see clean work often go unnoticed just because of a power number. Today, everyone needs to go outside to their car/truck/bike and appreciate it. Chances are you’ve forgotten how much it means to you.

Enjoy your weekend readers,

Greg Martin