Whats the big deal about cars anyway?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by IAMERICCOCHRANE, Aug 5, 2003.

  1. Ok, I've never been into cars my whole life, they just never did anything for me. Now that I am driving, I encounter tons of gear-heads and car afficiandos(sp?) who talk cars 24/7 and spend every last dime of their money on cars.

    I just don't understand why people get so into big mobile pieces of metal. I mean I use my car to get me to point A to point B, not to show off to chicks or race around and ram into a light pole at 150 MPH. And also, its such an EXPENSIVE hobby, which really leads to nowhere in the end except for a new $150,000 dollar piece of metal.

    I ask you car freaks, why are you so into cars? I just dont understand why people go crazy over them, when all they can do in the long run is take you places. Any and all input is welcome, Peace.
  2. Brendan

    Brendan Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2000
    Portland, OR
    Well now, seems you've answered your own question.
  3. BaroqueBass


    Jul 8, 2000
    Salem, OR
  4. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    I understand where you are coming from Eric. My interest in cars is marginal but I still have an interest. Ultimately I don't care if I'm driving a matress with wheels, just so long as I have a kicking sound system in there.

    But, as baroque suggested, it is no different with bass players, seriously, look at guitar.com or any other gathering of ignorant musicians that don't "get" it. They don't understand bass, why it is really neat, and likewise they probably share the same view about bass that you do about cars.

    I know, that some people love cars because they love speed. A friend of mine is rebuilding a chevy nova, he is supping it up, and doing all sorts of mod work, he loves it, because he loves working with tools and building things, and ultimately he loves speed, One of the greatest moments in his life was when he went to a drag race for his 17th birthday.

    some people like the glitz, they see their car as a perfect accessory to ice out and make it look sick riding down the street, it's an image thing there.

    some people like their cars to do certain things, think the whole drift scene. They want their cars to slide, and they likewise spend their time finding what cars will do what, and how well.

    There are all sorts of reasons to like cars, I have only just scratched the surface.

    ultimately it's just a hobby, but for some it's a profession, not unlike any other hobby/profession out there.
  5. Edit- Well, I guess i'll keep the thread open unless a flame war or something of similar notions starts...


    Jun 1, 2003
    Orlando, FL
    yeah, robot man pretty much got it right. i have a bunch of friends who are all into the modding their import cars and such, honda civics, mitsubishi eclipes, etc but im not really into it. i would much rather spend my time and money on bass playing and gear buying :smug:

    i myself would be *quite* happy with a honda element :D
  7. LoJoe


    Sep 5, 2002
    Concord, NC USA.
    Yeah, it's just plain silliness! Why I even know some people that have a Web Page totally dedicated to their car. Sheesh! :D

  8. BaroqueBass


    Jul 8, 2000
    Salem, OR
  9. ARA punk

    ARA punk

    Jul 11, 2001
    USA, Shelby, NC
    lol. RICE!!! I love driving. I drive a Saturn. Five-speed Manual. I dont care to spend alot of money trickin' out cars. I just love good driving cars. Some cars just look beautiful too... look at '57 Corvette... BEAUTIFUL car... But as people have said, certain things do certain stuff for different people.
  10. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    Its my job.
    High octane runs thru my veins.
    Im into cars alot deeper than I'll ever be into Bass. Theres nothing quite like the feeling of being plastered to the seat when you nail the gas. Thats a feeling imo I'll never get standing on a stage.
  11. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    I spend a lot of time in cars, so I figure i might as well get one that I like. It's unrealistic for me to get a daily driver that goes 165 mph., but a car with a decent amount of torque for it's weight and a good suspension system are a lot of fun and do wonders in reducing road rage. [​IMG]
  12. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Inactive

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    What's the big deal about anything people like?
  13. Tom Crofts

    Tom Crofts

    Mar 15, 2001
    I never thought cars were that interesting... Til I passed my test, it doesn't matter what car or whether it is fast or good or whatever, it's the challenge of driving... Just... the fact that you're controlling a great big lump of metal around, it requires skill and finesse and is great fun. I don't drive to impress anyone... except myself...

    BTW I have a Ford Escort 1.6 16v with big high profile tyres that fold under round sharp corners. And I love it. :)
  14. Ever see all the fine rides in a bad part of town???

    Here's a piece of ghetto wisdom -

    "You can sleep in your car, but you can't drive your house."
  15. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    What about trailer homes?
  16. secretdonkey


    Oct 9, 2002
    Austin, TX
    I took a few years virtual hiatus from playing bass, after failing to find a band and pouring myself into my career. I bought a sporty car. I started autocrossing (it's a low-level form of auto racing using regular street cars, and sanctioned by mainstream motorsports bodies like SCCA). I can tell you that the process of becoming a better driver is very similar to that of becoming a better bass player. There are strong elements of technical know-how and plain 'feel' that need to be combined if you want to be successful. And in both cases, practice, practice, practice is the only way to get better.

    Driving is a life skill, and it is rewarding to become good at it. Problem is, of course, anyone with an ego and an attitude can call themselves a good driver. Proving it on the track in a safe environment really separates the men from the boys, though. I feel much better taking my life in my hands behind the wheel, knowing that I've got skills and knowledge that most drivers are clueless about, and have a pretty good idea of what a vehicle will and will not do at the outer limits.

    That said, I'm not campaigning seriously this race season, trying instead to find a good working band. Music, GAS and all, is a far cheaper hobby...

  17. Nick Gann

    Nick Gann Talkbass' Tubist in Residence

    Mar 24, 2002
    Silver Spring, MD
    Car people probably wonder why you spend thousands on bass gear.

    Photographers wonder why car people spend thousands on car gear.

    Rock climbers wonder why phorographers spend thousands on telescopic lenses, new cameras, and everything else.

    Everyone wonders why people spend so much money on the things they do.

    Why? Because they like the things they spend their money on.

    To each their own.
  18. :confused: When did this thread get into RV's :confused:
  19. jive1

    jive1 Commercial User

    Jan 16, 2003
    Owner/Retailer: Jive Sound

    When someone asks me why I have so many basses, I respond by asking them about why they have alot of what they own. That usually answers the question. When one lady asked me why I would want more than one bass, I responded why do you have more than one pair of black shoes?

    The truth is that we are not rational beings. We like to think we are, but really we're not. Take a look at anything people are into, and someone can call it stupid (or cool).
  20. Selta


    Feb 6, 2002
    Pacific Northwet
    I'm a bassist and a gear head. Between each, I have no cash leftover.


    The reason I'm a gear head: the sound of an AMERICAN V8, being able to fix my own car when it's broken and just cos I'll drive at 150MPH, doesn't mean I'm gonna hit a phone poll or anything for that matter. It's idiots that give good drivers bad names.

    I still have to say this much: I absolutly H-A-T-E :spit: :spit: IMPORTS :spit: :spit:. (at least the ones that think they're fast cos they hit 150 when they press the red button :rolleyes:) I can't stand them at all....I have rants all through my AIM profile, check it out sometime...