Cars are things, and we treat them too gently. Cars are not meant to sit in climate controlled basements with soft covers on them. Cars were built to be driven, built to be experienced, and built to be touched. We’ve all seen the little decal on decades old hot rods saying “look all you want, but don’t touch”, and that’s always rubbed me the wrong way. Last week Kristen Lee ranted at people to kindly refrain from putting hands on the automobiles. In response to both of those things, I’m going to make a decal with a quote cribbed from one of my long-time friends, “Go ahead and sit in it. It ain’t the fuckin’ Mona Lisa.” Your fingers are soft and pliable. Cars are made of metal and leather, carbon and chrome. Get your grubby mitts all up in there. You won’t hurt anything. Small children experience things by shoving them in their mouths and getting their tiny little hands full up with brand new stuff to feel. We should never lose that childlike wonder, and we should always look for new experiences for our phalanges. I want to know what a Bugatti Type 35 feels like. I want to know what a McLaren F1 LM feels like. Touch the cars. Of course, people will see this as disrespectful, because you shouldn’t touch things that aren’t yours, or you don’t have permission to touch. I would argue the opposite. It is disrespectful to the car if you own it… [Read full story]
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