QOTD: Do You Fit the Profile?

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
qotd do you fit the profile

“Huh, I wouldn’t have figured you for a [insert make and model here] driver.”

“You don’t seem like the type to drive a…”

You get the idea. The personality we project in polite social and work settings might not be the primal being that emerges when no one’s around. There’s a bit of Jekyll and Hyde in all of us, and it sometimes manifests itself in what we drive. All too often, of course, the mundane reality of personal finances keep even these urges under wraps.

But not always.

Meek and mild men sometimes leave their accounting or insurance job to hit up something fierce for the drive home. Hardcore types who parkour their way out of the office complex while saying “bruh” at every opportunity might end up sliding behind the wheel of a minivan or sensible compact crossover. Something your grandmother would drive.

Of course, kindly five-foot tall grandmothers, my own included, might cause double takes wherever they go by preferring Mopar muscle over something that’s expected of them.

An environmental type who talks of fighting climate change and banning single-use plastics, who microwaves tofu and soy-based meals in the office kitchen, might just go home in an F-150 or Silverado at the end of the day. No Prius in sight. That thrifty hybrid, however, might just be the personal property of someone who scoffs at such overt virtuousness.

What we drive reflects one side of us. It’s not the entirety of who we are, but it’s a part of it — and sometimes that proves jarring to those who think they’ve got us pegged. Have you ever thrown co-workers or casual acquaintances off-balance with your daily driver? Do tell.

[Image: Shelby Automobiles]

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  • -Nate -Nate on Jun 11, 2020

    Sweet . I enjoy reading about what others like . When I was young I swore I'd always row my own and never have a slushbox, the moto crashes kinda put a crimp into that idea but the 2001 Ford Ranger with 2.5 and 5 speed manual box is giving me some fun after all these years sans a clutch pedal . Agreed : most who drive what they drive because they think it looks cool or to impress others rarely enjoy whatever it is they have at the moment . I laugh when guys tell me "I got this ride to pick up chicks !" those guys usually couldn't get laid with a $100 bill tied to their dicks . -Nate

  • Lightspeed Lightspeed on Jun 12, 2020

    Gotten some raised eyebrows when I take my helmet off and they see they guy on the crotch-rocket is an old bastard.

  • Flipper35 Flipper35 on Jun 12, 2020

    I once owned a Chrysler 5th Avenue and 427 Cobra replica at the same time. Still have the Cobra but have a minivan now. I like the older BMWs but I also use my turn signals. I have a Yamaha XT600 for a bike.

  • Dividebytube Dividebytube on Jun 12, 2020

    I like the performance of sports car but not the brashness of them. Ideally I like boring looking sleepers but those are becoming hard to find. Something like a Ford Fusion Sport that's been debadged would be ideal for me. I gave the Mustang to my wife, who likes her cars flashy. And took over her sleepy silver Infiniti M35x. I'm a lot happier now without having the "Mustang Tax".