Almost all of us have loved cars at some point in time in our life while many still continue to do so in one way or another. So to speak, that passion and dedication is what separates an enthusiast from your average person
No matter what anyone tells you, there’s no right or wrong way to be a car enthusiast. You can be the encyclopedic type who has knowledge of car brands and models, you can be the type that provides meticulous care to your car, or be the type that has the tendency to ruin other people’s conversations with brutally technical car talk, just to name a few!
Although the love towards cars might differ from personality to personality, the fact remains, cars rock!
We’ve decided to differentiate the different types of car enthusiasts we’ve encountered through our time, want to know what kind of car enthusiast you are? Let’s jump right into it!
The Appearance Car Guy:
Some guys are in it for the looks. Appearance Car Guy can’t help but washing, waxing and detailing his car and going to car shows. They would rather spend money on new wheels than upgraded brakes (unless they look good). They frequent car shows more than track days, and if they do go to a track day, they’ll wash and wax their car right when they get home.
The Road Tripper Guy:
You are the first person to say NO to flying when it comes to any outstation trip. For you, solace is when you are behind the wheels of your car, or your friend’s car, or friend’s friend car and so on, and you see those miles pass by. You don’t belong to the concrete jungle. And you are always on the lookout for every possible excuse to drive towards open highway stretches, hilly terrains, and other unchartered territories. Your love for a car begins and ends on road-trips that you make with friends, family or even alone at times!
The Mechanic/Tuner Car Guy:
Some car enthusiasts are just as happy holding a wrench as they are holding a steering wheel. They like to improve their car little by little with better brakes, better cylinder heads etc. They’re the tinkerers of the car community and love to see how far their car has come. They would only take their car into the shop if they had two broken arms or an ECU was too complicated to crack. Look for a toolbox and grease-stained hands and you’ve got yourself a mechanic car guy.
The Track Addict Car Guy:
You don’t find the streets safe enough to showcase your maneuvering skills. Every sharp turn you take while driving on the city roads reminds you of the Daytona 500! That sound of downshifts and turbo spooling in with thrust coming from the free flow exhaust is what keeps your heart pumping! 10 in the morning might be your daily wake up time, but when it comes to early morning track days, you can barely sleep and wait for the sun to come out.
The Thrill Seeker Car Guy:
Some people see cars as giant toys, and they sure treat those cars like toys. Whether it’s jumping a rusty Bronco off a dirt mound or drifting a Miata at a track, they like doing fun and crazy things with their cars. They might also like cars with ridiculous acceleration or amazing cornering grip. They like to have crazy fun with cars, just as long as they don’t die doing it.
The In-Car Entertainment Car Guy:
People get to know you are arriving even before spotting your car. The thumping bass generated from the bass-tube or woofer from the trunk of your car speaks of your arrival. You are the one who can practically live inside your car and all you need is a solid entertainment unit. Multi-channel amplifiers, built-in amp speakers, tweeters, touchscreen or double DIN console are some of the must-have features in your car. You don’t want to drive fast or race against the clock, in fact, the slower you go the better it is as you gain attention.
The Competitive Car Guy:
These guys are likely arguing that car racing should be considered a sport and quoting Nurburgring times. Whether it’s drag racing, track racing or rallying, it’s all about who’s number one. They could be your average bench racer or a legitimate competitor at their local drag night or autocross event. They dream of standing on the podium among cheering fans, after all, second place is just the first loser.
The Exotic Car Guy:
You are the perfect rival of the modified tuner enthusiast. For you, the ultimate nirvana is going for an exotic choice of wheels which is well made and has undergone enough tuning from the manufacturer itself. You don’t trust the aftermarket mods and hence you sort of look down upon the tuner type. After all, if you have a British, Italian or a German luxury badge by your side with enough horses under the hood roaring to pass any other mass-market or tuned car (at times though) gracefully, who needs modification anyways?
The Driver Skill Car Guy:
Driving a car is a skill, and some car guys want to perfect it. From heel and toe downshifting to trail braking, they drive or yearn to drive a car like a concert pianist pecks away at the ivories. They tend to like cars like Miatas and Porsches where they feel like being a good driver is the most rewarding. If you want to find them, look for them at drift events, track days and rally spots. After all, there aren’t many driver skill-oriented people at the drag strip.
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