Can you be a Car nut without ever owning a V8?
Well ,having been a car nut myself for more than forty years ,i would say the answer is yes. It all started in the late 1970`s , when my Dad brought home a brand new Holden Kingswood wagon. This had a 253cu V8 ,which i later found out was nicknamed the "noise maker" as that is all it really did. The power output was a dismal 120kw or 161bhp. But ,what a lovely noise it made indeed ,through those dual exhaust pipes.
The car that started it all. well not the exact car ,but pretty close.
This was the start of a lifelong love of cars, not just V8`s though, as i was soon to find out. A few years down the track and the Holden was replaced with a Ford Falcon. A six cylinder this time, but it was an S pack ,so not all bad. Then ,when it was almost time for me to start driving , it was replaced with a beige Nissan Bluebird Wagon with obligatory poo brown interior. What was the old man doing to me? What drugs was he on that day?
Come the late 1980`s and Mum now has a nice sporty Honda Prelude in the driveway. Having just got my license and wanting to impress the girls ,i borrow the car for a Friday night rendezvous. Before i head out that night, i am told in no uncertain terms. No hooning around and as neither parents smoked ,definitely "no smoking in the car" .
Well, after my dad found a cigarette burn on the back seat the very next day ,needless to say i was banned from ever driving the Honda again and in hindsight ,rightly so. I then went on to own a series of quite awful cars. It all started with a 1967 VW Beetle. My parents must have cared deeply for my safety with this first offering. Four bald retreads and drum brakes all round, what a sweet ride.
First car. It just went downhill after that.
This was shortly replaced with a clapped out Toyota Celica and over the next 20 years came a series of rather average cars ,based purely on family and budget constraints. But over this time ,i still loved cars. Looking at them ,researching them, reading about new models ,etc. Then in 2012 ,i finally bought a car i really wanted. A Mk5 Golf Gti. Wow ,what a great car. It had it all ,performance handling ,looks. i just loved it. But not the maintenance and repairs ,as i soon found out.
Probably the first car i bought with my heart not my head. The MK5 Gti.
Will i ever own a V8? well ,probably yes. i have always thought of buying an old Kingswood like my Dad`s one day. But being a car nut ,i like everything. It could be a newer Mustang or Monaro. i also like other non V8`s like the E46 M3 or the first MX5 ,who knows what will fill the driveway in the future. We have a thriving "cars and Coffee" event in my area, each month and i always come away wanting something new or old. I can`t help it ,i`m a "car nut".