Designed, engineered, tested, refined and then manufactured resulting in a very well balanced, finely tuned performance machine; the factory built car is a known quantity and is consistent. At the other end of the spectrum is the home-built kit car, drawing drivetrain and other parts from a donor car and marrying it to a kit chassis and body panels. This car is almost anything you want it to be, but well balanced and finely tuned is all up to you. In between are the modified cars, taking something really good and making it better suited to what you want. Where do you sit in this spectrum? I’m trying to answer that very question as I get ready to purchase my first fun sports car.
Am I crazy to even consider building a kit car? I’m a GT car type of guy; performance with great handling that can go the distance. So why even consider a kit car that’s described as less refined than a Lotus Elise? Well, my son who is studying to be a mechanic at UTI came up with the idea. What do you think, compromise on what I really want or build the project car?
Have you ever just felt the need to get out? A stirring of the heart to move? For me it’s about driving when the sun is shining, the air is fresh and it’s not stifling hot. For you it may be hiking, biking, running, dancing or some other activity, but I think the impulse is the same. Watch and let me know if you agree.
Accelerated thoughts, because the car doesn’t, about on ramps and being in the pack. The dream is an open road, and if that’s not available than to at least be at the front of the pack so you can drive your own drive. This video isn’t about either of those.
A beautiful day and a narrow, winding road, this is one of my favorite roads. Short and sweet but with plenty of character.
Windows down or up?
It's good to enjoy the simple drives as well.
White Pine Scenic Byway
This is another one of my favorite roads, the White Pine Scenic Byway (Hwy 3) in North Idaho. Running south from I-90 between Fourth of July Pass and Kellogg Idaho, this rural highway runs a valley in the foothills of the Rockies and hugs several lakes. It is not only scenic, but also a really good rivers road with very little traffic.
Thanks to David Fesliyan for the background music ‘Tears of Joy'
The Constitution of the United States of America guarantees our access to sports cars, SUV’s, trucks, sedans and hot hatches! What you say? No it doesn’t? Oh most assuredly it does in that it protects our private property rights and sets forth the foundations of a free market economy. But with this great privilege there is also great responsibility, both financially in owning, operating and maintaining the car but it behaving responsibly. Let’s celebrate the rights enumerated in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights this Independence Day, but let’s also celebrate our freedoms which allow each gear head and enthusiast to pursue their passion.
Am I crazy to even consider building a kit car? I’m considering a kit car that’s described as less refined than a Lotus Elise? How much would this cost to build after configuring the kit for my intent, buying the donor car and then buying upgraded parts to replace worn items or make the car handle well? Let’s take a look.
What kind of driver are you? If your car is more than an appliance, what kind of car do you drive or do you want to drive? The media launch of the 2020 Toyota Supra this past weekend got me thinking again. Is that the car for me? What are your thoughts?
Any day of driving is a good day. It’s rainy and cold and you can’t put down the windows? Good. Slow down and contemplate the day. The rain means the car is getting dirty and the walk into work will be wet? Good. The grass, trees and flowers need the nourishment and you will get to enjoy their brilliance very soon.
Take the longer way.
I get to drive to work, yes it really is a privilege.