What is a Car Enthusiast?
An individual that loves anything to do with cars and their counterparts, one who can talk for hours about cars and not get tired of it. These people do not hate on others for their vehicle choice and modifications (so called “rice” is irrelevant, that is total shit) but simply encourage creativity and learning. These people are in a somewhat small but lively community worldwide which engages in car meets, TV shows, blogs, forums, games, magazines, etc. Some enjoy just talking about their rides and others like to get their hands greasy. There are those who put time and money into a project car that brings pride to themselves and a beautiful sight and sound for others. Some enthusiasts will form their own cliques such as drifters or those at the drag strip. There are the young teenagers who have less resources but can manage to build up a nice ride and learn from the best. Some enthusiasts prefer American muscle over imports and vice-versa. Some of us bump our music cruisin’ down the road. We can look at any car and say anything about it: where it’s from, it’s drivetrain, it’s value. For some it is all about that great rear-wheel drive. Sometimes we just want to get in our car and drive a hundred or so miles to think over things and enjoy the car for what it does, what it’s capable of in your hands as a driver. Car enthusiasts will always be where the cars are, sharing our love of the automobile for what a car is, art.
What Does it Mean to be a Car Enthusiast?
No matter what anyone tells you, there’s no right or wrong way to be a car enthusiast. You can be the encyclopedic type who memorizes every spec or you can be the type who just really enjoys driving well-balanced cars. To prove as much, we assembled a group of three very different enthusiasts to drive the entire Genesis line-up. Michael Prichinello of Classic Car Club Manhattan, Racing Enthusiast Jeannette Klein, and Industrial Designer Nolen Niu describe their passion for cars and how that frames their view of the world around them. See the entire series here