It’s a pleasant trip down memory lane, pinpointing the precise machine that elevated our evolution into the species known as the petrolhead. Each individual car enthusiast owes their existence to a specific car. Whether it be a real car, a toy car, or even a slot car, we are all forever indebted to the vehicles that first planted the seeds to our passion.
Sometimes, this influence can happen in our difficult to recollect infant years, where our most guiding cognition occurs. For others however, the moment can be more memorable - primarily because of how it made us feel.
My love for cars can be documented in two stages. The first was in early childhood. I was given a book on performance cars - one that I still have in my wardrobe now - and out of all the wondrous machines depicted in the pages, there were two that hypnotised me more than any others: the Aston Martin Twin-Supercharged Vantage, and the Vauxhall Lotus Carlton.
The Aston seemed to be so much more inviting than all of the other supercars in the book. The comfort that graced the interior often resulted in me losing myself in a daydream, envisioning I were driving it - even at the age of 3. Yet the performance statistics listed were completely out of character for such a luxurious car.
The Carlton broadly resembled the Astra we had on our driveway - only the quoted performance figures were more akin to exotica than a family saloon. With a 175mph top speed, I struggled to believe that a practical car could be capable of such absurd performance. It was official - I was a petrolhead.
The point at which my interest elevated into a full blown passion came in 2005 when a little known car called the Bugatti Veyron appeared on the scene. Much like the Vantage, it offered luxury and performance - only with the Veyron, the speed made absolutely everything else at the time seem utterly pointless. And so, my interest became an obsession.
Now though, I want to throw the question in the title back to you guys: what was the car that made YOU fall in love with cars? Let me know by commenting below.
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