I love drifting. If only this could happen every day.
Pictures speak louder than words, and this picture says it all:
Can anyone guess what this was??
Instead of guessing here is a picture of what it looked like prior to that fatal day (car fatality, nobody was harmed not even me)
I always like those movies that show the ending first and then discuss how it all happened in a fairy tale like setting. It’s romance for a gear head, our wedding, love story so to speak.
You can refer people to my blog ya know rather than saying thank you…..just saying.
This go’s out to all my Honda junkies out there, those guys who will always be a lover of N/A (normally aspirated cars…..in non car junkie terms, a car that does not have the help of forced induction aka a turbocharger or supercharger to produce more output from the motor). Those who love N/A more than anything are the true car junkies, and the ones that can really understand where I get the term a car and the “soul” it has. There is nothing like a car that produces over 100hp/litre from a normally aspirated engine. Drive one and you will understand exactly what I mean.
Car number 2 I first fell in love with when I saw a more base version of it driving around town. I always wondered what the hell that little car was and finally I was able to inspect one in a parking lots one day and saw “Prelude”.
Yes I know my titles are a little strange, maybe a little of the mark in terms of grammar and proper writing technique but I don’t care. So just ignore my extra dots and awkward quotations and hear me out.
If you are an enthusiast like myself, a true gear head who just loves motorpsorts and driving any type of sports car from 1000-1000000$ this is the most important thing I have realized in my days of driving several cars in all different price points and classes. It’s not about how fast a car is or how it performs statistically, it’s the soul the car has when you drive it. It’s the intangeables that make you feel truly connected to that car. Things like the sounds it makes, the way the tail gets finicky if you push it too hard, the way the turbo boost just randomly kicks in, the way the car looks and feels, the way the shifter feels as your shifts through the gears, the engine note as you move higher into the RPM’s, and so much more things that have nothing to do with performance and all to do with how it makes you feel.
Let me give you an example that should rather effectively explain this:
Which car is significantly faster??
This is one of my favorite categories and is also something that everyone can appreciate. Of course my background and passion has to do with performance variants (Thanks Tiff, Jeremy, Chris for ruining me) but I will make sure all my recommendations actually make sense for the masses.
All of these choices will be amazing all around SUV’s suitable for year round driving (even in harsh Canadian winters), solid reliability, great resale values and most importantly make you feel special going to and from work every single day. When someone tells me they have a price range in the 30000’s for an all around SUV, they are in for a treat.
I am using 35000$ for my price range for the simple fact that most new SUV’s (entry level of course…..CRV, RAV4, Escape, Tuscon, CX-5, etc etc) fall within this price range once you add a few options to the base model. Many people will look at these vehicles and immediately think that they are way too harsh on gas consumption, they are over the top in looks/luxury, they are way beyond my means, I can never afford that, maintenance will be too expensive, and so on. Then again nobody thinks about how pathetic their vehicles will depreciate once they drive it off the lot, they don;t have the ability to calculate that the depreciation curve destroys any saving you may get on fuel economy and maintenance (which by the way most of these vehicles I suggest will be CPO and many well below 35000$).
Fifth gear has some of the most knowledgeable and respectable automotive journalists I have ever seen. Tiff Needell is one of the most influential people in my passion of cars. Keep up the great work guys.
In this series of blogs, we will talk about sports cars, which is my true passion!! There is nothing like redlining a sports car, and pushing it to it’s limits, either in a straight line or carving the corners. Whether it be that high-revving 4 banger or that thunderous V-8 american muscle, here is a list of cars that you may have have never considered in the sports car market. Since these are “toys”, things like warranties are not going to be considered. Most of these cars are usually just weekend warriors, although consideration for good daily driver and year round usability (ie. Canadian winters!!) will be taken into account. In this specific post, we will look a what I consider are the best sports cars you can buy for under 10000$.
You may not think 20000$ can get you much when in comes to a true sports car, but that is the furthest from the truth. These cars I believe are just as good or better than some of today’s brand new sports cars, since many of them were the top dogs in their respective categories during their prime years. When it comes to spirited driving, these machines are hard to beat at this price. If you want to see some of my sports car choices for under 20000$ you know what to do:
Shall we begin!
On my 16th B-day I already was a severe addict for the automotive world, more specifically having the “mod flu” that could not be healed unless I bought a cold air intake for anything and everything. I even considered putting an after market exhaust on my lawn mower just for the hell of it to gain /001 hp and potentially cut 10 more strains of grass per revolution. Yes it truly is an illness but let’s share our stories of our cars we had owned and loved and what we remember most of them…..all of mine will be about mods of course haha!!
I was 16 yrs old, and 8 months (quickest route to get license in Canada) and I had my sights set on one car for a very long time, the mazda MX-6. The year was 2002, and my local dealership had two on the lot, a 1994 v6 mystere 5-speed, and a 1997 mystere v6 4-speed auto. Since I was a coward I decided to take the easy way out and purchase the more expensive auto v-6 for 9500$. I remember the day I picked it up like it was yesterday, god I was so excited. Finally I could begin fighting the mod flu…..little did I know it’s chronic and untreatable at the time.