Happy (Insert Holiday Here). Now Go For a Drive.
Today is President’s Day in the United States and a confusing mix of regional holidays in Canada. So, we’re going to take the day off here at The Truth About Cars.
Why is that? The time we get off is rare. Sometimes we get caught up in the politics and mechanics of the automotive industry that we forget what’s important: the cars. So, I’m going to put my time off to the best possible use — and go for a drive.
Sometimes readers don’t realize the amount of work that goes on here behind the scenes. We are constantly juggling stories and looking toward the future. Hopefully I’ll be able to tell you more about that future soon. In the meantime, I want to ask you all something.
What’s your most memorable drive? It doesn’t need to be the stereotypical Hollywood picturesque cruise along Highway 1 or the first time you flogged your Miata through the Tail of the Dragon. Simply put, when you think of the most enjoyable time you had behind the wheel, what experience comes to mind?
Terrific stories here . -Nate
A couple of memorable drives for me. One was heading through North Walles to the coast at Abersoch in a Lotus Elan Sprint, top down on a summers day and sensory input turned up to 11. The other was a mad dash through London many years ago from the northern outskirts to Paddington Station to catch a train. That was one of the times when every bit of looking ahead to judge traffic worked, every traffic light caught at just the right time, less than 40 minutes elapsed time for what would normally, even in those days, take close to an hour. That was in a Renault 16TS, as epoch making a car in its way as the Citroen DS but just about forgotten nowadays.
Driving a MY98 Contour SVT from Bremerhaven to Frankfurt, fall 2000. Flat out 156 mph before you felt the "Ford". Driving a MY95 Mustang Hardtop Convertible from Bremerhaven to Regensberg, summer 2015. 140 mph before you felt the "Ford". Driving from Frankfurt to Rotterdam in a MY88 VW Scirocco GT 4spd, red with black whale tail, aftermarket 15" wheels and tuned exhaust. Took a detour south through the Ardennes in November of 2002 just for the f of it. No power but man that car loved the twisties.
My most memorable ride has to be the drive up to Grand Canyon from Tucson, Arizona in a 2014 Ford Fusion. I'm from NYC and that kind of scenery is completely foreign to me. I've only seen it in movies, and my desktop backgrounds. It was so beautiful to me that it was tear inducing.