DREAM­ING

Super Street - - Hole Shot - Sam Du Ed­i­tor-in-chief / sa­[email protected]­tortrend.com @dus­peed

I have the most dif­fi­cult time an­swer­ing what should be a very sim­ple ques­tion for any car en­thu­si­ast: “What’s your dream car?” It’s a ques­tion that al­ways seems to come up when I meet some­one new, whether it’s a reader at a car show or a cute girl at a bar. My dum­b­ass al­ways re­sponds with, “I don’t re­ally have one.” Am I that blank in the head?! Maybe it’s be­cause I spend more time ad­mir­ing your builds ev­ery day or per­haps it’s the sen­sory over­load I’m over­whelmed by at the shows I at­tend, but I re­ally never take a mo­ment to sit down and think what my uni­corn would be, my Eleanor… So on a re­cent two-hour flight home from a work trip, I dis­con­nected my­self from my phone and the In­ter­net and started jot­ting down in a note­book what would be my ideal car. I re­al­ized I would need ap­prox­i­mately a 10-car garage to con­sider all the ve­hi­cles that’ve in­spired me over the years and that I would still love to own one day. My taste is a bit quirky, but hope­fully you get a kick out of the cars that made my list. Hope­fully, the next time you run into me or the next time I chat up a girl at the bar, I’ll have a more ar­tic­u­late an­swer than, “I don’t re­ally have one.” Cheers!

1. The Nis­san. I men­tioned it in last month’s Nis­san is­sue, but the R34 Sky­line GT-R is still the hottest Ja­panese sports car I would bring home to mom and dad. Stock, mild, or wild, I’d be a happy kid if this dream ever came true!

2. The Su­per­car. Most folks typ­i­cally have a Fer­rari or Lambo on their list, but the mo­ment I laid eyes on the Pa­gani Zonda R some 11 years ago, I knew that was the one for me (money no ob­ject, of course). V-12, car­bon chas­sis, ba­si­cally a race car in street form… On the used car mar­ket to­day, it’s val­ued around $1.5 mil­lion, plus the Zonda R model isn’t ex­actly street le­gal in the U.S. I’m afraid this dream might never be­come a re­al­ity un­til I hit the Power­ball. Le sigh!

3. The BMW. Through high school and col­lege, BMW was my num­ber one man­u­fac­turer. My older bro had built one as well as my two best friends at the time. If I could to keep one in my garage, it would have to be a mint E30 or E36 M3. Both couldn’t be stock, though… The E30 would likely sit on a set of BBS while the E36 would take sev­eral styling cues from a DTM race car.

4. The Honda. Call me crazy, I would pass on the NSX. I’d rather take an EK9 Civic Type R. It was the car I fan­ta­sized many hours about sit­ting in sec­ond pe­riod cal­cu­lus: Cham­pi­onship white and out­fit­ted with a solid col­lec­tion of rare JDM parts.

5. The VW. For those who are fa­mil­iar with my his­tory at eu­ro­tuner mag­a­zine, you’ll know I have a place saved in my heart for a Volk­swa­gen. To this day, one of my fa­vorite sound­ing en­gines is the VR6, so I’d build a tur­bocharged Mk3 GTI vari­ant, although I wouldn’t mind an Mk1 Rab­bit with a funky en­gine swap.

6. The Fer­rari. OK, one sim­ply can­not have a dream garage with­out a Fer­rari. And since the Pa­gani is al­ready my elite su­per­car, I’d be con­tent with a F355 Chal­lenge, 360 Chal­lenge Strasade, or 430 Scud­e­ria. Whichever model, it would have to be low­ered and ob­nox­iously loud.

7. The Porsche. Can’t say I’m a huge Porsche guy, but I’ve messed around with a hand­ful of 911s enough to ap­pre­ci­ate how well they han­dle and how they’re ba­si­cally turnkey track cars. I’ve al­ways kept the GT3 RS on a high pedestal, in par­tic­u­lar, the OG 996 model.

8. The Off-roader. For those days I want to get dirty, I’d lean on a Land Rover De­fender—one that’s been restored, lifted, and up­dated to take on any ur­ban ad­ven­ture (aka cof­fee run) or wild sa­fari.

9. The Wagon. I’ve al­ways been a fan of wag­ons, my fa­vorite be­ing the Eu­ro­pean-only Audi RS4 Avant (B5). Qu­at­tro, six-speed man­ual, up­graded twin-tur­bos, slammed on a set of pol­ished wheels… Oh, man!

10. The Ro­tary. Last but not least, an FD RX-7 would take the last park­ing spot in my dream garage. Be­hind the R34, the time­less styling and mo­tor­sport her­itage of the RX-7 makes it one of my fa­vorites of all time. A four-ro­tor would be nice, but I’d be re­al­is­tic and OK with a 500hp 13B.

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