Thanks Dr. Mike!
Cmon man - you are Italian and so am I. We are all about stereotypes!
I appreciate the comments, but honestly, I think you're thinking about it too much. It's just guys shooting the sh*t like we would over beers arguing Jordan v. Lebron.
I think stereotypes exist for a reason. If you see an Escalade with tinted windows and 24s - you kinda know who is driving it. If you see a Civic with a huge wing and fake chrome stuff on it, you know who's driving it. That's kinda fun.
As for car show - I go because I like cars. I'm pretty new to being a car guy. My passion for 35 years was drums - I play, teach, build, etc. Got a sports car and was bitten by the bug. I like going to shows to meet people, talk with car guys and hang out. It's a few hours a month to mitigate stress. I'm certainly not there to pose or show off my car. Hell, good luck even FINDING me by my car - I'm usually walking around looking at other cars, talking with car guys or staring at random hot chicks in attendance.
I don't pretend my car isn't something it's not. Hell, my silly little Mini Moke gets a LOT more attention and smiles.
Re: Vettes - I'll make the final statement. I think they are great cars. Actually, they may be the best sports car value for money out there - hell, ever, even. There's no denying their performance. There's also no denying they are very common and as such, don't elicit a response. I think SOME Vettes are beautiful. A '59 - red with white coves. A black '63 split window. I just don't find the C5, C6 interesting and I don't like the looks of the C7. I don't like the looks of GTRs either and frankly, Aston Martins don't rock my world they way to seem to for many others. I do find many Vette owners off-putting. Are they all that way? Nope. Are many? Yep. I see it a lot. Look at the 'Supercar Saturdays' thread on the Vette forum which will tell you a lot. The whole 'I have a Lotus' thing doesn't matter. No one knows what they are anyway. I just really liked the car. My next car might be a Gallardo, but I'm really liking the idea of an RCR Superlight or a Ultima GTR, or god forbid, a SPF Gt40
. Those names won't carry any panache.
If I wanted the performance for money, I would buy a Vette, but again, they just don't get my juices flowing. The Elise did. A Factory Five GTM does. A Gallardo Superformante does. A newer (C4 and up Vette) just doesn't. Neither does a GTR. Nor does a vintage Elan.
So, we differ that way - I see a 'groupthink' sort of vibe and you don't. That's cool. To be honest, I'm not into the whole 'vintage Lotus' thing either. Old Elans just don't excite me much. Blasphemy, I know.
As for the Hummers - I had my H3 for two years. Stock. It was right as gas prices were going up and H2s were popular with rappers, ballers and what not.
I actually got lots of comments (mostly negative) about it. I would say - cmon man, it's a midsized SUV based on a Colorado platform with a 5 cylinder engine. Yawn.
As for your last comment - how dare you!! I grew up on the North Side man! Addison and Ravenswood to be exact - however, my grandparents lived in Cicero on Roosevelt and Austin! I'm the only kid in Chicago who grew up 6 blocks from Wrigley but was a Sox fan!