Question of the Day: Is There an Automotive Generation Gap?

Jonny Lieberman
by Jonny Lieberman

After reading Wilkinson's GT-R review, I sent him an email expressing how much I enjoyed his take on Godzilla. And how I'm humbled by his wordsmithery. More importantly, I agree with his impression of the baddest ever Nissan. Are we driving cars or driving computers? Several of TTAC's Best and Brightest (however) highlight the fact that the ex-Car and Driver editor didn't grow up playing video games. He can't possibly "get" the car. (Which is a polite way of calling him old.) One commenter asked to hear Stephan's 28-year-old daughter's take on the car, assuming her age would make her take more relevant. While I'm older than his daughter, I'm in the demo that came of age with a joystick in hand [Ee: so to speak] First of all, what kind of a car is only enjoyed by a single age range? A bad one. Look– a friend of mine in his late 50s says that selling his '65 GTO was the dumbest thing he's ever done, I get it. I get it, big time. Just like he gets my WRX– although he thinks it looks stupid. But you know something? It does look stupid. It's a station wagon with a spoiler– it's supposed to look stupid. Oh right, the question. Do certain cars only work for certain age groups?

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  • Pahaska Pahaska on May 09, 2008

    # Theodore : Wandering off topic, I know, but what did you fly? I was a T-33 and F-86D instructor back in the Korea era and during the Berlin crisis. Later, I flew C-119 and C-123 in the Reserves. The F-86D was the first single-pilot interceptor with radar, electronic fuel control, etc. An intercept mission at near Mach 1 could burn the fuel load in 30 minutes. That taught me to be constantly aware of what the instruments were telling me. That habit has stayed with me ever since.

  • Theodore Theodore on May 09, 2008

    Pahaska, And there were a lot of instruments and switches in that cockpit! No wonder you like your gadgets.

  • Ricky Spanish Ricky Spanish on May 09, 2008

    I'm 27 - and I absolutely hate modern cars. My favorite cars of all time include my 1991 Miata, my 1993 RX-7 turbo, my 1988 Porsche 944 turbo, and the Porsche 964 (the unloved stepchild of the Carreras). Why? Modern setups in terms of independent suspensions and good power output, but with no traction control, computers, other handling nannies and hell, NO CUP HOLDERS!

  • Joeaverage Joeaverage on May 12, 2008

    Yeah there is a generation gap. A friend told me the most interesting thing about his old car (Corvair convertible) to his grandkids were the manual crank windows. They kept rolling them up and down, up and down. I think we as a society have had some many creature comforts for so long than the youth think they would die without power accesories and all the technology in their lives. Meanwhile at 38 I'm rolling backwards thinking all I need is a decent 60s vintage car with A/C and manual everything else. FWIW I work with technology everyday at work and most days a little at home. Getting tired of the technology bloat in my daily life. Not that I am losing my facination with it or that I'm unhappy with my career - just that the more "modern" appliances become, the less technology I want involved in keeping them useful or keeping them in working condition.