bastard behind the eyes wrote:Mr Wode, I knew bikes would come into the thing pretty soon but I just don’t get them
then you know my thoughts towards fast cars. a bit like a fancy fridge in the kitchen. sure it looks flash enough, and if you have one then you obviously love it, but ultimately its just white goods. modern consumerism packaged and sold to the particular target market. moreso these days when things like car companies are owned by huge multinationals, and the fans of vw seat, skoda et al all defend their own marque to the hilt, despite them all being the same under the skin. bit liks the baseline jags, theyre a 3litre mondeo made by ford, but with the jag bodywork and badge, and their owners drive them with the feeling that they are a cut above the rest of the plebs in the mondeos cos they are driving a jag.
now dont think im some automotive luddite, despising all that is new and modern. cos im not. neither am i a car hater. i just dont get them, same as i dont get why my mrs has a room full of shoes and another full of handbags. she still has them and i dont resent them. i just fail to see the appeal, and likewise she fails to see why i need to put an old motorbike on a plinth in my lounge, but she puts up with it cos its what i want.
now before you point out the gaping hole in my argument about cars being sterile mass produced white goods, yet failing to mention that my bikes are the same, i know, i agree. i realise that you see the bikes and see, well, bikes. but its like everything else in life, it wouldnt do if we were all into the same stuff, and what stirs my soul has 2 wheels and an engine, each to their own in life. i cant be enthused by your nice car. i might if it were an older jag, but thats more about my love of engineering and mechanicals rather than the fact that its a car, im a bit of a sucker for classic vehicles.
final thought i think is, i wonder if we all lived in some kind of logans run/1984 world, where we were forced to conform and be the same, and the law restricted everyone who wanted a car to a range of jags, ferraris, mercs porsches and lambos, if we wouldt all swivel our heads and drool at the prospect of driving a moggy minor or a ford escort, just because it was different and stood out from the norm.