Meet the DriveTriber - Adam Mace
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Today my Guest is Adam Mace, classic car lover, engineer, traveler and so much more, as you will find out reading this interview. Adam doesn't lead any tribe yet but he's the author of great quality contents, so don't forget to have a look to his profile! Now let's start with the questions.
Where are you from?
I’m from a sleepy little village in the Lake District originally, but I’ve currently migrated to Sheffield until after the Winter.
If you’d have asked me the same question a few months ago I’d have been able to give a much cooler answer, but my year-long travel plan has abruptly come to a halt so t’city of steel is where I’m based.
What do you do?
I’m a content writer, so I spend the majority of my time tapping the keys of my laptop in overpriced cafes in strange countries.
I write as much automotive content as possible, but plane tickets aren’t cheap so I write what I can where I can. It’s a lot of fun and has given me a well-deserved break from my degree in Mechanical Engineering.
I’m looking to write stories about cars to make a living and chase interesting metal around the world - but that’s more of a pipedream than a reality at the moment.
How did you join Drivetribe?
I joined DRIVETRIBE quite recently after looking for somewhere to get my voice heard in the automotive world. I made my own website to document car culture around the world (NEVERIDLE), but I wanted somewhere else I could share the inner workings of my brain. My head is constantly ticking over and debating non-sensical car-related issues and there’s only so many of them I can spout my girlfriend’s way. It’s kind of like therapy really, only with less opening up about my childhood and more looking through archived pictures of 205 GTI’s.
What's your daily drive?
It’s quite embarrassing really - I’ve currently got a 1.6 Petrol Astra SXI on a 56 plate. I bought it cheap off of Facebook marketplace as a little runaround and it’s only got 59,000 miles from new. It reeks of cigarettes and came with a free yellow-ish smoke-stained umbrella that promptly went in the bin. I’d love to get my hands on some sort of French hot hatch in the coming months though, ideally a Clio 182, 106 Rallye or something of that calibre.
What's your favourite classic car?
There’s so many to choose from, it’s like asking which Cheerio was your favourite from your breakfast. I’m sure my answer to this changes on an almost daily basis but the recipe tends to stay the same. Something with a quirky design with bags of character that’s nice and small, not inundated with power, but no slouch either, naturally aspirated and that can be properly used. Let’s say an Alpine A110, but my answer will be different by the time I’ve proofread my response.
What's your favourite modern car?
Favourite modern car - that’s a question. If you gave me free rein of a dealership and asked me to pick something that I’d have to use every day, I’d probably go with a BMW M2 Competition. There’s something special about those that really resonates - I quite fancy one of them. I’ll have a look through the classifieds in a few years and see what they’re going for when I’ve got a little more cash.
What do you think of electric cars?
I think the development of electrical cars is one of the most exciting things to happen in the automotive industry in recent times. Obviously the infrastructure isn’t quite there yet, but the technology is creeping up quickly. In the next few years, especially with the likes of Porsche and BMW throwing their hats into the mix, I think the stigma and the negativity will slowly wash them away. But I’ll always remember Colin Goodwin’s Collecting Cars podcast where he says something along the lines of:
“Well imagine if we’d have had 120 years of electric cars and someone invented petrol and said, pour some of this in, it takes 3-minutes and you can go 600 miles without stopping. And, incidentally, have you heard what the engine sounds like!?”
Electric cars will never fully replace the feeling and the event that is a proper petrol motor, but as a vessel from A to B, the technology is quite exciting.
Automatic or manual?
There’s only one answer for that one isn’t there - manual. Come on.
What are your hobbies?
I like quite a lot, but I’m rarely given the opportunity to double down on any one thing. Outside of cars I love to travel, I’m a big fan of good food, I try to keep in decent shape without it taking over my entire life (been there, done that, don’t recommend) and spend as much time with my family as I can. I’ve got 3 brothers and 2 sisters so getting in a proper conversation with everyone takes up a full weekend.
What's your dream road trip?
There’s so many to choose from and hardly any that I’ve actually managed to complete.
I’d love to do the Mongol Rally one day, but I’ve not got anywhere near enough mechanical skill to commit to driving 10,000 miles (or whatever it is) to Mongolia. Probably that one, but chuck me a set of keys to a decent car and I’ll happily only leave the seat for petrol and dismal snacks from the garage hot-cupboard.
Tell us something funny that's happened to you in a car ...
The indicator of my first car, a plucky turquoise Peugeot 106 XL, refused to indicate to the right on one trip. When I returned home I tried to solve the problem and forced the indicator stalk upwards. The relays clicked like crazy and a small poof of smoke came out of the steering wheel and me and my brother near enough collapsed in laughter. Only a Peugeot could set on fire through indicating alone. I loved that car.
Tell us a song that you particularly enjoy to listen while driving
The Golden Age of Rock ‘n’ Roll - Mott The Hoople.
Get a good stretch of road on a summers day with that blasting through your speakers and all problems drift away.
Are you a Motorsport fan?
I’m big into Formula 1 this year, in no small part due to the Netflix Documentary. I went from not really caring about the big leagues to not missing a race. Motorsport has always been about the people and the documentary has really opened my eyes as to exactly who I’m watching. But yes, the battle for midfield and being invested in the names on the screen is something properly special. Didn’t think I’d ever catch myself speaking positively about modern F1.
Who's your favourite racing driver ?
I quite like Lando Norris as both a driver and a personality - he’s only 20 and is an incredible talent. He doesn’t seem to take things too seriously in an industry which has been forced to become PC. Looking forward to the Ricciardo/Norris dream team next year.
What's your favourite tribe?
My heart is in “All Classics”, that’s what sings to me in the right key.
Are you a Clarkson Hammond and May fan?
Of course, who isn’t? Those who say they aren’t are simply showing off to their friends or acting up to impress.
What's your favourite Grand Tour /Top Gear moment?
The Modern Peugeot Drivers episode of Top Gear. Unbeatable for me - I was in absolute tears the first time I watched that. And the second and third, come to think of it.
What do you think of Drivetribe?
I think DRIVETRIBE is a wildly exciting place and I’m spending far too much time both browsing through content and making my own. Who knows though, if it leads to a job taking old and new cars to interesting places and writing about them, I might have to spend even more time on the site!
Thanks for reading!
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