Well, let me just start this off by saying that automobiles take up a great deal of my life. I'm a passionate enthusiast; everything about the automobile just sparks my curiosity. I know there are people out there that think I'm a bit like Rain Man or something, but the more I'm on Oppo/Jalopnik/Forums, the more I realize that I'm not. I'm quite proud that I'm so obsessed with cars. Anyways, there's just something quite magical about automotive enthusiasts. It's a great community for the most part; there may be some exceptions, but overall, the community can make complete strangers become friends. It's quite difficult being 17, in a small private school where no one honestly has half a clue about automobiles, and that's why I'm always on here and the Golf-Mk6 forums. It's great getting involved and being in the community. Even though there are rivalries between cars, with examples being the Mustang vs. Camaro and the STi vs. Evo, the owners all have something in common. They all love their cars, and there truly is a deep connection between man and automobile. It's more than just point A to point B for me. I love my GTI; there is a connection I have with it, and even though normal people view this as borderline insane, I know that people on here can understand this. My car always manages to put a smile on my face, and that right there, is what makes an auto enthusiast. It's not what you drive, or how expensive/luxurious your car is, what matters is that connection. Tonight as I was filling up my car, I had a WRX pull up to the other side of the pump. It was definitely modded a bit, and tastefully done. The man looked over to see my GTI, and he had said "That's a nice car, how do you like it?" At first, I was shocked. I was expecting something more along the lines of "Wow, you really bought that? My WRX can totally blow you in the dust, bro!" I had responded in usual fashion, saying that I really love the car so far, and I've had it for about two months. I had complimented his car in return too, and it was an awesome WRX. He started to talk to me about how he had owned a VR6 GTI awhile ago, and how he loved that VR6 engine note. I had told him that I plan on adding some performance mods to my car this summer, such as an APR Carbonio intake, and a Neuspeed cat-back exhaust. He had recommended a place for me on Long Island, where I live. We filled the cars, both told each other "have a great one!" and drove off. That really made me pause for a moment and think about automobile enthusiasts, and I just began to appreciate this community that we have, because to me, it is quite amazing. I'm proud to be one, and it really just puts a smile on my face. It's something that I'm passionate about, it's something that I love and enjoy. Anyways, goodnight Oppo, and here is a quote from Jeremy Clarskon, on car people:
"It's what non-car people don't get. They see all cars as just a ton and a half, two tons of wires, glass, metal, and rubber, and that's all they see. People like you or I know we have an unshakable belief that cars are living entities… You can develop a relationship with a car and that's what non-car people don't get… When something has foibles and won't handle properly, that gives it a particularly human quality."