One time I was explaining to my non-car guy friend how there are entire schools specializing in automotive design. Car companies spend millions on every visual detail, like picking just the right shade of red. And everyone knows that buying a car is, for many, an emotional decision, and that a beautiful shape can dupe unsuspecting consumers to buy a car that’s otherwise crap. My friend was confused, and it was warranted. His exasperated response:
Why aren’t there more good looking cars?
The most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “What automotive dreams would you fulfill with $1.9 billion?”
If we had billions we’d happily contribute to all the respondents to make their dreams come true. What was particularly heart-warming was that many chose not to use the money for personal gain (well, maybe a little), instead opting to do things for the greater car community.
Sedanlover kicked off the theme of positively adding to JDM car culture by creating a Goodwood Festival of Speed-type event. CycoPablo wanted to fund Ukraine with Bushmasters and buy a race track for people to use. Similarly, Jonathan P. also said he would buy land for an autocross/drift circuit and open it for car meets, proving there’s a dearth of such venues in the world. Steve merely wanted to, selflessly, revive the JNC forum (if anyone knows someone with the technical skills please let us know!). Nigel‘s succinct and straightforward cry of “Honda reboot!” spoke volumes and nearly won the week. エーイダン would start a show about cars, dankan a new race series that recalls the heyday of open-wheel competition, and Michael K. would build a real-life Gran Turismo garage.
However, the winner of the week was Nihontekko, who concocted a hilariously roundabout Rube Goldberg plan to drive his dream car, but doing a whole lot of good along the way:
Let’s see if I can land this dream on a $1.9B runway…
I’d start with a dealership. Mazdas to be specific. The lot is full of only MX-5s at first. Is it profitable? Doesn’t have to be, right now. Start a dealer-specific modification package a-la Don Yenko, so my last name becomes as recognizable to speed-thirsty Mazdafarians as Zoom-Zoom. Within 3 years we start buying junkyard rollers: RX-3s, 4s, 7s, NAs, NBs, Cosmo APs, MX-3s, B2200s, you name it. The factory restorations begin. We need unobtanium trim pieces? We start making them. Owners the world ’round can come to us for high quality repro parts at the service center where we service any model, any year, properly. Eventually our own like-new restorations get placed on the showroom floor like any other car and we become the worlds only Mazda Universal Dealership. It becomes so popular, SevenStock moves to our dealership, we host JCCS in 2032, and eventually Mazda Corporate absorbs us into their factory restoration program. With a mountain of humility and years of Mazda faithfulness, I humbly ask for a drive in the 787B…It’s a beautiful say in Sarthe as I don my period-correct race suit and helmet. Men and women in light blue pour over the internals for one final check before it’s newest pilot attempts a flight. Strapped in, the last though before takeoff is “It may have been an elaborate plan, but it worked!”
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