I’ve been asked by many people ‘Why do you drive a ‘vette?’ (or any other sports car for that matter). I always have a bunch of logical reasons like safer, good gas mileage, not as outrageously expensive as one would think, etc… What it really comes down to is two reasons: 1. I love to drive a nice sports car and 2. I learned it from my Grandpa.
For the first reason, I drive a LOT. My current ‘vette has over 135,000 miles on it (and it’s a 2000 model). I actually have had very few problems with the car, for the amount of miles it has. The ‘vette I had before, a 1998 model, had almost 80,000 miles on it. I really love driving these kinds of cars. What else can I say?
The second reason is probably much more interesting… I think that I learned my love of sports cars from my Grandpa. I don’t ever remember him having something that wasn’t at least sporty. He NEVER had a car that had more than two doors. Over time, he owned everything from a ’72 Corvette to an ’89 Honda Prelude. And he always used them as daily drivers, and he drove almost as much as I do now.
In fact, he *encouraged* me with sports cars. At one point in time, I needed him to co-sign on my first car loan. I had found a nice little early nineties Nissan 240Z. I drug my grandfather out to take a look. We test drove it, he’s like, ‘Not bad’. The dealer also had a brand new Corolla in the same price range. We took it for a test drive. My grandpa wasn’t impressed. We decided to skip both cars, but we had an interesting conversation on the way home. We were discussing practicality, feasabiliity, insurance, and maintenance. I finally asked, ‘Which one would you get?’ He smiled and said, ‘Definitely NOT the corolla’. I ended up not purchasing either one, but later, he helped me get my first real sports car, an MR2.
Enough walking down memory lane for now…