Losing interest in cars :(

Losing interest in cars :(

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_Mac_

Original Poster:

78 posts

85 months

Tuesday 18th January
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Car meets are full of scrotes doing donuts far too close to other cars and onlookers,

New car releases are all rebadges clones of each other,

The local McDs is now hosting the "credit card" championship with everything bought not built,

Even F1... Don't get me started.



So the lad and I went to our first banger meet - BLOODY LOVED IT

Should have done it sooner


Rowe

237 posts

103 months

Tuesday 18th January
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F1 has been great this year

S16KBW

426 posts

46 months

Tuesday 18th January
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_Mac_ said:
Car meets are full of scrotes doing donuts far too close to other cars and onlookers,

New car releases are all rebadges clones of each other,

The local McDs is now hosting the "credit card" championship with everything bought not built,

Even F1... Don't get me started.



So the lad and I went to our first banger meet - BLOODY LOVED IT

Should have done it sooner
This all depends on what you're looking for in a meet, If you're going to the friday night retail park meets then yeah its idiot doing burnouts and teenagers in £40k financed cars, thats the scene.

If you want to walk around and look at cars and chat away, go to a cars and coffee at the Motorist, or Caffine and Machine, or a more traditional car show like Players Classic or Goodwood FoS depending where your car interests lie.

I attend both the friday night street racing/donuts type meets and a nice sunday morning cars and coffee, depending what im looking for that week!

Networkgeek

214 posts

14 months

Tuesday 18th January
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Rowe said:
F1 has been great this year
Really? It has been a yawn fest again. I used to be a massive F1 fan, I even went to the Singapore F1 3 years ago, but now, I can barely watch the highlights.

F1 lost its way when they dropped the high revving V engines, since then it has been a struggle to stay interested in (IMHO).


Shnozz

26,018 posts

252 months

Tuesday 18th January
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I have had a funny year car wise. Lost interest in meets and lost interest in just going for a blast in the UK. Crap, heavily congested roads and bad weather. The miles I have done have been out of necessity instead of pleasure but usually you have a little opportunity of some fun along the way.

Few times in the last year have I looked back to think of enjoyable drives. Sold the Aston with the intention of buying something fun to replace it with and haven't got around to it. Usually the money would be burning a hole in my pocket and see me in the classifieds every day and yet that hasn't happened this time.

Agree with another poster though, the F1 was superb this year, although I put that very separately to "car things".

Bennet

1,863 posts

112 months

Tuesday 18th January
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I'm interested in cars, but I've never attended a car meet, bought a new car or spent more than 5 minutes watching F1.


Hoofy

73,733 posts

263 months

Tuesday 18th January
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I hardly go to meets, only going to meets that don't have boyracers (Ok, some might classify us all as boyracers) where dangerous stuff is going on.

As for cars in general, it's about driving. I'd rather have an empty country road with a shed than a clogged up city street with a supercar.

_Mac_

Original Poster:

78 posts

85 months

Tuesday 18th January
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Hoofy said:
I hardly go to meets, only going to meets that don't have boyracers (Ok, some might classify us all as boyracers) where dangerous stuff is going on.

As for cars in general, it's about driving. I'd rather have an empty country road with a shed than a clogged up city street with a supercar.
Maybe that's my problem. I'm an engineer at heart (a crap one, granted) but I always loved seeing what others had done in the garage - maybe jerry-rigged a bigger turbo onto their Starlet or DIY'ed a 4-1 exhaust manifold from tubes bought off eBay. That just doesn't seem to happen anymore.

I should buy a car to drive and not fix up - maybe the spark will return again

rampageturke

2,152 posts

143 months

Tuesday 18th January
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_Mac_ said:
So the lad and I went to our first banger meet - BLOODY LOVED IT

Should have done it sooner
back in my day it was called dogging

OverSteery

3,320 posts

212 months

Tuesday 18th January
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I was a car nut from the age I could walk. At 6 I took a film roll (my second ever film) of 24 pictures - 22 of Citroen DSes (and the final 2 of a GS).
I knew the registration number, make and model of all my friend's and father friend's car.

Now I love motorbikes. Unless required by passengers, luggage or snow, I use a bike 90% of the time.

I still love cars, but I can't think of much made after 2000 that holds any interest. New cars totally fail to engage any enthusiasm or emotion.

Limpet

5,591 posts

142 months

Tuesday 18th January
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_Mac_ said:
Maybe that's my problem. I'm an engineer at heart (a crap one, granted) but I always loved seeing what others had done in the garage - maybe jerry-rigged a bigger turbo onto their Starlet or DIY'ed a 4-1 exhaust manifold from tubes bought off eBay. That just doesn't seem to happen anymore.
I think that's the inevitable result of a couple of things that have been going on over the last 20 years or so.

Firstly cars have become less DIY friendly, with everything hidden under "don't touch" plastic covers, and any replacement of an increasing number of parts needing coding with specialist kit. You can't even change the battery on a lot of cars now and have the charging system work properly unless you plug something in. Mechanical and fabrication skills are just part of the requirement to modify cars now.

Secondly, cars have become much more reliable, capable, as well as increasingly configurable 'out of the box'. So there's less need to get involved in the oily bits in the first place.

I've said it before, but much of my love of cars came from tinkering with and fixing them, and gaining a good understanding of how they work, and why things are designed as they are. An unintended consequence of the massive benefits of increased reliability, sophistication and ability is that the car has become much more aloof, and if I were starting out with cars and driving today, I'd definitely not feel as drawn to them as I do.

Mastodon2

13,624 posts

146 months

Tuesday 18th January
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I love cars, but bikes are just way more fun. That said, I wouldn't go to meet to look at other people's cars or bikes. My riding mates used to love it, going down to a local nature reserve where everyone would park their bikes up and looking at what came in. I couldn't think of a bigger waste of time, I'd rather just be riding.

M.F.D

522 posts

82 months

Tuesday 18th January
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If you're a petrolhead, you're a petrolhead. I don't think it ever actually leaves you.

Pick better meets. Plenty decent enthusiast ones you can attend (usually ticketed events) that don't have the usual idiots you are describing.

Plenty old cars to buy/be interested in, but I agree most new stuff is ultra dull.

F1 was mega exciting this year, best season since the hybrid era began IMO.

P5BNij

12,323 posts

87 months

Tuesday 18th January
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M.F.D said:
If you're a petrolhead, you're a petrolhead. I don't think it ever actually leaves you.

Pick better meets. Plenty decent enthusiast ones you can attend (usually ticketed events) that don't have the usual idiots you are describing.

Plenty old cars to buy/be interested in, but I agree most new stuff is ultra dull.

F1 was mega exciting this year, best season since the hybrid era began IMO.
The Bicester Scramble is well worth attending - lots of variety from vintage right up to the modern supercar stuff. Last weekend's meet was very busy despite the weather and it was encouraging to see a lot of younger folk there wink

Hoofy

73,733 posts

263 months

Tuesday 18th January
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_Mac_ said:
Hoofy said:
I hardly go to meets, only going to meets that don't have boyracers (Ok, some might classify us all as boyracers) where dangerous stuff is going on.

As for cars in general, it's about driving. I'd rather have an empty country road with a shed than a clogged up city street with a supercar.
Maybe that's my problem. I'm an engineer at heart (a crap one, granted) but I always loved seeing what others had done in the garage - maybe jerry-rigged a bigger turbo onto their Starlet or DIY'ed a 4-1 exhaust manifold from tubes bought off eBay. That just doesn't seem to happen anymore.

I should buy a car to drive and not fix up - maybe the spark will return again
Fair enough. In that case, I'd find groups where they actually modify cars properly rather than drive around car parks with McDonalds trays under the rear wheels.

anonymous-user

35 months

Tuesday 18th January
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Networkgeek said:
Rowe said:
F1 has been great this year
Really? It has been a yawn fest again. I used to be a massive F1 fan, I even went to the Singapore F1 3 years ago, but now, I can barely watch the highlights.

F1 lost its way when they dropped the high revving V engines, since then it has been a struggle to stay interested in (IMHO).
I've never understood this TBH. The V10 era may have had screaming engines which made your chest cavity vibrate and your head spin, but they produced some of the worst racing in F1's history, about the only thing good about it was the noise.

This season was epic.

Xcore

1,037 posts

71 months

Tuesday 18th January
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Find some local classic breakfast meets.
Do some track days, autosolos and other club level events.

0a

23,674 posts

175 months

Tuesday 18th January
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Buy a convertible. Specifically a cheap, straight 6 manual one. My BMW Z4 2.5 was great fun. No pretences.

FlammableTulip

132 posts

93 months

Tuesday 18th January
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Get a cheap off roader and go green laning. It’s fun.

lb3nson

384 posts

70 months

Tuesday 18th January
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_Mac_ said:
Maybe that's my problem. I'm an engineer at heart (a crap one, granted) but I always loved seeing what others had done in the garage - maybe jerry-rigged a bigger turbo onto their Starlet or DIY'ed a 4-1 exhaust manifold from tubes bought off eBay. That just doesn't seem to happen anymore.

I should buy a car to drive and not fix up - maybe the spark will return again
You 100% need to get yourself to one of the two Retro Rides shows then