Month: March 2015

Need for Speed

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fast car cravingThe appeal of racing cars is very widespread. Car racing has been around as long as cars themselves. Anywhere that cars are found, so are organized races and tracks designed for them. They may be competitive or they may only involve one solo driver, such as on the Autobahn in Germany. Regardless, the theme of racing is clear: push the vehicle to its limit to see how fast it can go, and to measure what the driver is capable of handling in a vehicle.

Competitive car races may be held formally or informally. Formal vehicle races are held at race tracks, which many large cities maintain. These may be drag racing tracks or tracks for doing laps. Some races involve only timing one vehicle, some pit two vehicles up against one another and others involve numerous vehicles. These races are sanctioned and as safe as vehicle races can be. Informal races on the other hand are frequently unsanctioned, unlawful and unregulated. In some parts of the world, people carry out elaborate measures to hold unofficial races without the authorities catching on. These races are often highly dangerous and highly illegal.

What brings racers together into a community is their love for cars and their love for speed. The racing community is very diverse, but what they have in common is that they enjoy the burst of adrenaline that racing gives them. The thrill of racing is a high for many people. Some even claim that racing is in their blood, and they have a “need for speed.” There are, of course, other methods of racing, such as bikes, boats and marathons, but for car aficionados, it is the element of racing a vehicle that they are passionate about. Mastering the motion mechanics of a vehicle is a skill, a passion and a talent that many cannot get enough of.

Car Collectors

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big collections of carsIndividuals who collect cars have an unrivaled passion for them. Some collectors simply love to possess cars while others also work on them, maintain them, feature them in auto shows, drive them and race them. There are some individuals who literally own hundreds of cars. Investing in high quality cars is a common thing for wealthy people to do because high quality cars retain their value. Car collections are an investment as much as a hobby. Commonly, the investor is also an automobile aficionado who takes pride in his knowledge of cars and cares for the vehicles properly.

Often, car collectors will collect within a niche, such as European cars, motorcycles or vehicles from a particular maker. Vehicles are incredibly diverse and range extensively in their appearance, their parts and their performance. Collectors frequently invest in vehicles that they are familiar with, have worked on or that they have an affinity for. Investing in cars that come from a similar background also means that they will require similar replacement parts that come from similar manufacturers. This makes vehicle maintenance easier and more accessible. The ease of vehicle maintenance is a huge consideration for collectors because it can drastically change the cost of the investment.

There are some collectors who keep their vehicles entirely to themselves and do not display them at all. Some collectors take their vehicles out minimally for personal commutes. Others are more willing to share their vehicle collections with the world and enter their cars into car shows, contests and exhibits. And there are others still who collect cars in order to make use of them. They freely exhibit them, drive them, race them and let others borrow them. All call collectors are individuals and have unique motivations and philosophies behind their car collections. There is clearly more than just one type of car collector.

Why We Love Cars

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love talking about carsCars are much more than a transportation device to many people. While most of us think of our cars as mere utilities, car enthusiasts consider cars a passion, a hobby, a pass-time and a vocation. Cars offer a great deal of interest to certain people. The complex machinery within a car interests those who are mechanically minded, the speed and maneuverability of a car interests those who like to keep their adrenaline up and the stylish design of cars interests those who have designing talents. People can and do spend their lives working on cars, investing in cars and driving cars because of how much they enjoy them.

The mechanics of cars have evolved a great deal since they were first introduced in the early 20th century. They have gone from being entirely mechanical to being essentially run by a computer. These changing mechanics of cars are mind boggling to the average person, but to someone who takes an interest in the topic, they are endlessly fascinating. This may be someone who works as an automobile mechanic or it may be someone who simply takes an interest.

The potential for driving fast and racing is the appeal that cars have to a number of people. This can be seen in automotive sports such as drag racing, drifting and other forms of racing and performing stunts. These types of activities engage those who enjoy exciting, fast-paced activities; people you might consider adrenaline junkies.

The designs of different car models are another reason that people take an interest in them. There is a strong creative element to vehicle design that appeals to creative personalities. The challenge of creating and acquiring continuously improving vehicles for their design and their performance abilities has a lot of appeal to those who invest in cars and those design cars. The range of interests that cars appeal to are why they are such a popular hobby item.


Crazy About Cars

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obsessed with carsCars have proven to be a weakness for a great number of people. There is something about the speed, power, agility and style of a high performance vehicle that makes people crave access to cars. Some people spend their entire lives collecting and investing in vehicles – rare, classic, exotic and otherwise – just for the pleasure of owning them. Vehicles are a crowning achievement in industrial technology and have been a household necessity since the earlier part of the twentieth century. But to some people, they are much more than a necessity. They are a way of life.

We all know someone who’s interest in cars exceeds the average person’s. Their focus on automobile’s is one of their highest priorities. They can tell you about the make and model of every vehicle on the road, they care for whatever number of vehicles they possess meticulously and anytime they have the chance to drive a new car, they are completely in the moment. Typically, people with an interest in cars that is this strong are mechanically minded. Cars appeal to them because they are naturally drawn to understanding machinery. Either this or they view cars as some kind of status symbol and are interested in what a car can do for them. Either way, cars become the object of many people’s interest, fascination and even obsession, which is not always mentally healthy.

Some people become so obsessed with cars in general or with one particular car that they become addicted. Their obsession over cares consumes all of their time, money and energy. There are even cases of people becoming romantically involved with their car, imagining that they are in a mutual, loving relationship with their car. It is all right for cars to be a hobby or even a passion, but when they become a personal obsession, addiction or delusion, it is possible that intervention is required. In these cases, a counselor or addiction treatment specialist is often the most effective remedy.