ARE YOU REALLY A PETROLHEAD, IF...? SERIES
In the third installment of this series, we will ask this question, Are you really a petrolhead, if you have never been to a track event?
THE ARGUMENT FOR THE "NO" VOTE
For the purposes of our question today, let us assume a "track event" really represents any kind of motorsports event where you are the driver of a motorized vehicle. It doesn't matter if its drag strip, dirt track, road course, rally circuit or karting event. There are so many different ways for a petrolhead to participate in these events, how could you not? Most organizers and event venues will cater to participants at all levels of experience and host events at different price points to increase the overall participation. These events can help teach everything from the techniques needed in motorsports to getting the most out of your own speed machines to just improving one’s everyday driving skills. A petrolhead wants these skills and respects those that have them. They can use these track events to obtain new skills or improve their cars. and Sometimes you just have to walk the walk, if you are going to talk the talk. Is there really any better or safer way to enjoy an automobile to its fullest than to seek out one of these events. Sure, you may not have the time, money, or car now, but if you’re a petrolhead you crave your time at the track and you're just waiting for an opportunity to come.
An air-cooled Porsche 911 putting in some laps.
THE ARGUMENT FOR THE "YES" VOTE
Well, there are any number of reasons you have for not going to one of these track events. Obviously, there are the logistics of getting to one of these events. Not everyone lives near a track and then there are the costs. Event entry costs alone can be as much as a house payment and then there are the track inspections, insurance costs the wear and tear on your vehicle. Depending on a number of factors these machines can sustain anything no damage to catastrophic mechanical failure or even worse a crash. How could anyone that really loves their car want to risk that kind of damage. Sure, you can enter events where the cars are provided for you, but do you really want to beat around the track in a 7-year-old Miata while every Mustang, Corvette, BMW M, Porsche, Ferrari, and Lambo sucks your doors off as they lap you over and over again, I think not. Do any one really need to be pushing the envelope on a car to really appreciate it. Some once might own a new BMW M5 Comp 617BHP and never break 80MPH and still love and appreciate that car. Does a petrolhead even have to drive at all to really be passionate at cars?
One can admire the beauty of this old Jag without ever taking it to a track.
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