Over the weekend I took my toddler to a local show to see some cars. Though it wasn’t advertised as an itasha event, fully 85 percent of the cars there had anime characters plastered all over them, even cars like Dodge Chargers and assorted traditional muscle cars. Maybe this is yet another sign that I’m getting old, but I don’t understand the appeal of the “painful car” subculture.
What are your thoughts on itasha?
The best comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “How has car ownership affected your love life?“.
The comments this week were some of the best we’ve ever received for a QotW. Reading everyone’s stories of love (or love lost) were truly entertaining. Even my wife enjoyed them, and she reads rarely reads what I write.
If we learned anything, it’s that the car most likely to spark romance is the Miata, which is only natural for a fun two-seater that begs to be driven. Taylor C. and Ian G. both provided evidence of that. Is there anything the Miata can’t do?
Kevin H. reassured us that obsession with a car does not necessarily mean family turmoil. desktopspeedshop revealed that it was his fiancée who launched his love of old Hondas. Meanwhile, Curtis‘ S13 and Supra ownership proved to be a stronger bond than the one with his partner, and vic showed us what true devotion (to a car) spanning multiple decades and relationships really means. Also, we hope Jonathan P. can join the ranks of the non-lonely drivers’ club soon.
We wish we could’ve picked more than one this week, but we had to give it to Shaun. His story of his JNC’s janky electronics led to a meet-cute — and the way that relationship fizzled out — was straight out of a rom com script.
An introduction AND breakup:
Introduction: In 1994 I met my first serious girlfriend. After work, she would stand out front waiting for her ride home and my workplace was directly opposite. We finished around the same time, and one day I had the courage to go over and introduce myself. She immediately replied “what took you so long? I was wondering when you’d come and speak to me!” Perplexed, I said “what do you mean?” It turns out she thought I had been ‘winking’ at her with my car for a few months. At the time I drove a white 1983 NA Nissan Exa. Wiring problems caused left headlight to randomly pop up and down when starting cold. I just went with it.
Breakup: A few months later, the same girl got her first car – a banged up green Datsun Stanza (82?). To celebrate, I bought her a cap with ‘DATSUN’ in letters on the front. She immediately put it on and found the nearest mirror, then said “NUSTAD…..what does that mean?” My jaw dropped. Broke up shortly thereafter.
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