Many of us are trapped in the cycle of earning, dreaming and spending. I know I am
Autonomous cars are nothing to worry about
I HAD ALMOST forgotten how good a naturally aspirated V8 could sound at idle. There I was, climbing aboard the Walkinshaw W407 test car in the MOTOR office which you’ll read about later this issue. It was already on, hunting around below the ‘1’ on its tacho, an offbeat burble rocking the car with a familiar impatience. It spoke of an old-fashioned big-cube donk and a lopey cam, and it brought back memories of cars I’ve known or owned. For me, these cars are more likely to be a mad, hissing turbo thing from Japan than something with an enormous V8. There was one Nissan Silvia I now can not get out of my thoughts. It wasn’t anything flash to look at – it had faded silver paint, every corner was scuffed and the interior was full of a previous owner’s dog hair. But it went like a startled lizard up a twisty road and came on boost in a way that made passengers go very, very quiet. In the last few days I’ve found myself hunting around online for something similar. The itch is back. The only problem is, I’ve already got a gadget in the garage that needs attention. But my AE86 Toyota Sprinter, while surprisingly entertaining in a big roundabout for a 32-year-old car, has about half the power I think I’d like. I sense a fight with my credit card isn’t far off, and it’s not gonna be pretty. This is a problem many of us have and some of us just go with the flow and end up with a driveway full of cars. Or bookend our online car classifieds browsing with some real estate, with the ‘garage’ criteria set to four cars. That’s just the life, I’m learning. Earning, dreaming and spending, a cycle we’re all trapped in. Every few years, or months, we try to extricate ourselves with help from loved ones – tidy up our act, try to grow up. But we are doomed to helplessly but predictably tumble back into the whirlpool. Perhaps the bigger issue in all this is you just don’t know when it’s coming, and what’ll be the trigger. Enjoy the issue.