Every car commercial you see today is about some parents handing down the safe and reliable car. They market these cars as the only way to protect your child on the road. Some parents will buy the blandest cars on earth as long as they're promised to be a metaphorical tank. This is the thought process of most parents. Luckily these parents thought differently. My friend Emmanuel doesn't drive a camry, impreza, or any other ultra safe vehicle. He drives a 1984 Mazda RX-7.
He chose the RX-7. It wasn't passed down to him and he didn't buy it because it was cheap and its all he could afford. He bought it because his father's first car was an RX-7 and because he is an automotive purist. The car has plenty of issues, but he doesn't care because he loves the raw feeling it has on the road and the thrill of the classic rotary engine. It isn't comfortable and you constantly feel like you're about to pass out by fumes when you're driving down the road. For some reason, you're always excited to get a ride. He loves the car for what it is. He strives to make this car perfect. He sees the imperfections as opportunities to make the car better. He isn't just a car enthusiast, he is an automotive hero.
Now a days people drive cars to get from point A to point B. Emmanuel doesn't think like that. He drives the RX-7 because he enjoys it. That is what cars are all about. The thrill of driving and not the economics of the trip. To quote a man who might have been President of the United States, he drives the car "Not because it is easy, but because it is hard.".