Revhead Ramblings: The ‘One Car for Life Challenge’
- March 19, 2019
- Posted by: Alex Baker
- Category: Revhead Ramblings
I toyed with the idea of writing about the perfect three-car garage, it’s a question that can tell you so much about a person. But nothing says more than someone’s automotive soulmate.
A three-car garage allows you to prepare for a number of eventualities; most will pick an SUV for their day-to-day pottering, shopping and human hauling. They’ll then pick a flash and rapid piece, perhaps a supercar or stripped back racer like an Ariel Atom and finally, most will pick a classic or a reminder of their childhood.
Guidelines Rather Than Rules
The One Car for Life Challenge instead makes you blend all of these cars into one; or makes you sacrifice one aspect in favour of another. To make the question more manageable, this doesn’t have to be your full-time car; this car’s sole purpose is to bring you as close as possible to complete driver fulfilment and the idea of swapping it out should never cross your mind.
When posed with this question, I’d say the majority of people will opt for a Porsche 911. The newer cars are completely manageable as a daily driver, they’re very handsome and they’re incredibly capable across the board. The BMW E92 M3 gets thrown around a lot too, four seat practicality and a V8 to please both your need for speed and for noise as well.
I’m personally more drawn to something along the lines of a Caterham. I can only imagine that the feeling of throwing a car that’s roughly the same weight as a grizzly bear around twisting and undulating B-Roads is one of the most exhilarating feelings a car fanatic can experience. Narrowing down my choice in the range is a topic for another day, but given the choice, I think that’s where I’d go.
We Change Our Cars Like We Change Our Underwear
I don’t believe this is a question that will excite many other than the most devout motoring enthusiasts. Keeping a car for more than four years is becoming an increasingly rare idea. We change our phones year on year thanks to short term flexible contracts so there’s little doubt in my mind that cars will end up like this too. In the not too distant future car subscription services will be rife and the One Car for Life Challenge will be an even more alien concept than it is today.
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