by Mark Alt
I tend to blog about things I am passionate about. Hockey is one. Video gaming is another. Cars are yet another. Unfortunately, my taste in cars far outstrips my bank account and practicality. I tend to gravitate towards driver's cars. Cars that are fast, handle great, and are fun to drive. These tend to be very expensive cars like M-class BMWs, AMG Mercedes, Astons, Ferraris, Lambos, and the like. Seriously, how many of us actually see them (outside of car shows or Beverly Hills), let alone drive one. I drive a Civic Hybrid. As a driver's car, it's terrible. I, unfortunately, didn't get it to drive. I got it to commute to work and get my growing family around (try getting a 7-month old in and out of the back of a two-door sport coupe - if it even has seats in the back). When I want to have fun on the road, I get on my Ducati and look for some twisties to carve up. But it doesn't have a place for groceries or a baby's car seat.
That said, I tend to live vicariously through others who do have access the types of cars I like. As a result, I love TV car programs. However, not American car shows for the most part since they pretty much deal with everyday automobiles. Too mundane for me. I gravitate towards the two major British car shows - Top Gear and Fifth Gear.
Do I watch them too much? Perhaps. I guess the indication that I do manifests itself when I start using British slang - for example, when I see a police officer now, I tend to think "there goes a rozzer." But they are fantastic (okay, there's another one).
Fifth Gear tends to be less entertainment and more nuts and bolts overall. Top Gear is more entertainment. But both are excellent shows in my opinion.
Top Gear just closed out its 13th Series last Sunday. The final piece is fitting. It's a beautiful piece by Jeremy Clarkson supposedly on Aston Martin's new V12 Vantage. But really it's a commentary. I'm not going to spoil it or taint it by giving you my opinion more than I already have. But it was a very fitting end to their 13th Series. I'm going to have to find something to occupy my time until Top Gear returns in November.
Of course, there is that little thing called hockey....