I’ve been a Porsche fanboy since the 959 debuted in 1986. I was so into the car that I wrote a short story about it in 6th grade; imagining what is was like to be the car itself coming from the factory out into the world, ready to hit the open road, only to learn that you were too valuable to be driven hard, and you’d spend your life in a garage somewhere. The story didn’t have a happy ending, but I have been fortunate enough to own and drive a wide variety automobiles in my life from a 1979 Pontiac Firebird to my current toys, a 2016 Mazda Miata Club and 2017 Porsche Macan GTS.
Of course, cars also represent freedom and independence in a way electronics never could. A new iPhone is nice; a new car is truly special.
I’ve also been known to talk about cars incessantly with my brothers to the point where my nephew makes fun of us. This happens several times a year, and our only excuse is that while we were growing up in the 1980’s cars were kind of the equivalent of electronics today. They got better with each new model; there was always something new coming out including technologies that took years to develop like the semi-adaptive suspensions on modern vehicles.