Like many of you, I read Jalopnik on an (almost) daily basis, but I'm nowhere near the level of knowledge that many of you have with regards to Jalopnik-related stuff. I'm 18, majoring in mechanical engineering and phsyics, drive a boring 2012 Honda Civic (automatic, but please don't judge me), and am really interested in learning more about the inner workings of things with motors.
But where do I start? I obsess about Top Gear, I'm learning how to drive a manual, and I'm ordering shirts from blipshift, but I really want to dig into the meat of cars. I want to be able to turn a 40 year old disregarded car into a beautiful work of art. I want to be able to change my own oil. I want to be able to recognize cars based on their A/B/C pillars or blurry shots of engine parts. I want to be able to distinguish cars by the way their engines rev up. I want to do something to set myself apart from the rest of my booze drinking not-really-all-that-studious classmates.
So for those of you that are more "seasoned" than I am, where do I start? How can I become a gearhead?