School me on cameras.

Let’s say I wanted to get into this whole taking pictures thing, mainly of cars but also other stuff, and planned to set a budget with a maximum of $500-600. What should I get?

P.S. I know there are plenty of articles out there about this, but I wanted to gain insight from my fellow Oppos, since you all seem to use your cameras in the ways I’d intend to use one.

P.P.S. I don’t intend to go hardcore into photography. Just want the ability to take some cool pics of race cars, and nature, and shit.