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Old 05-01-2009, 07:16 PM   #1
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So when I was in high school and got into cars, I used to talk to my friend's dad's and they'd tell me about how they had 68 Chevelle SS 396's and 340 Baracuda's and '73 Stingray 454's, but they sold their cool fast cars cause they had kids and bought houses and all that ****.
Today me and my soon to be father in law were installing laminate hardwood in one of my bedrooms that I converted into an office. He was like, "what are you up to tomorrow?" I said, "I'm goin to Delaware for a Miata event." He's like, "you and that car...pretty soon it'll be all over." So I'm kinda high strung. I hate when people try to tell me how to run my life. So I'm like, "What cool **** were you passionate about that you gave up when you got married and had kids?" He sorted studdered and jerked around, because I know he was never really passionate about cars or engine related stuff that way I am, so he goes, "It'll fade away."
Now since high school, I've been saying something similar to this. "You can drag me outta the car, but you'll never drag the car outta me." A bunch of my friends are the same way as me, I mean they have real world **** to deal with, but they always seem to find time to run a smokey burnout beat session.
Anybody else feel like this? I mean, I am almost 28, and I know sooner or later I'm gonna have a kid or 2 and then priorities change, but come on. Somebody can baby sit while I cruise down to a NE Dyno Event!
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I bought my Miata 1 month after my son was born. Just because you have a family dosen't mean you can't have fun or hobbies. You'll just have to learn how to balance it all.
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Today at lunch I saw what appeared to be a riced out Acura pulling up next to me. Looked over to notice it was 60+ year old guy driving this car. So age and family has nothing to do with what you own or drive.

My father had a E-type and a XK140 when I was in diapers. Didn't stop my parents at all from dropping me with the grandparents and taking the cars for a scenic drive
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My dad gave up fast cars, racing inboard hydroplanes, flying, and skydiving. He did this mostly due to an injury, but also due to pressure to be a “family man” I will not live with the regrets I have seen him burdened with. I will continue to drive fast, and tinker on my cars and do what ever brings joy to my live. I am 40, married with 2 step children. I work in a war zone, and am in the middle of earning my pilots license, and rebuilding an airplane. My family is not thrilled with my life choices, but all are supportive of them. They all realize I would be a miserable son of a bitch if I where to live as a “normal person”.

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Bro, highschool is the best time of your life. Prom, bus rides, struggle for identity, people seeking validation by being loud and obnoxious.





Then you find out whoever said that never went to college. Some people are satisfied with so little out of life, don't be a ***** and keep the car.
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Yeah I didn't learn much from high school, except that if you play football then you're a fucken *******. I learned that if you drive a 1971 Nova with a 250 straight 6 in it, your buddies will need to lift up the back end to do a line lock in the school parking lot, but once they do, it'll smoke until the passengers side tire blows off the rim. Otherwise, I graduated with a 56.5% in government class, but I realized who my long term friends were about to be. So I pretty much learned the important stuff that life has to offer. Friends, family, and the car hobby is real life, put aside the bullshit.
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I get the same **** from my dad who was never passionate about cars or whatnot. Always hearing, why dont yo just sell that headache, lol..

Truth is since I had my son alot of time goes to him, and between wife/son and other priorities, its very hard to find time to work on the car these days.

But I refuse to give up. I tinker when I can, and think to myself that once I get things settled a bit, I'll make time for it. Till then I do what I can when I can
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my dad had sports cars then met mom got a house a pinto then me (he was somewhat into cars having a turbo T-bird and a few SHO's while i grew up.) he got back into real sports cars when i went to college by getting a boxster that he tracked the **** out of and converted into a PCA club racer, he just picked up a 2004 996 GT3. i dont know if i could give up a fun cars for that long but it turned out ok for him.
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i bought my miata 1 month after my son was born. Just because you have a family dosen't mean you can't have fun or hobbies. You'll just have to learn how to balance it all.
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This thread makes me want to go get a vasectomy.
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Still have my Miata, despite being a dad. Kid seats are what the SRT4 is for.
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I am in my 40s, have a wife, a daughter, a responsible job, and a big mortgage. But I also have the Miata with mad turboz, and I endurance road race motorcycles. My wife is not happy about this stuff sometimes, but like Milton said she knows I would be miserable without such hobbies, so she is supportive.

I like to build vehicles that go fast, and go fast in them. Once of the reasons I went to college is that some day I would have the means to do exactly the sort of thing I am doing now. So why give it up now when I have the means to do it?

So, personally, I do not subscribe to the getting old means giving up what you enjoy school of thought. Look at Paul Newman, he drove race cars well into his later years, and IMO is one of the finest examples of a well lived life there is.
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Pick your hobbies, who cares if Daddy doesn't approve? I'll always have a hobby, being miserable doesn't appeal to me. I'll always have an affordable track car...I can't breathe without it.
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Your passion for cars won't ever change. Most likely it will just be your taste for particular cars that will.
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yeah man aside from the weightlifting i did highschool was pretty much a waste of time for me. At the end of the day i still have no freinds and didn't even finish college.
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Your passion for cars won't ever change. Most likely it will just be your taste for particular cars that will.
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I've always thought that as I get older, it will be easier to do this kind of stuff. Sure there might be a few years where it is hard, when I finally have a kid or two, or my job is taking up a lot of my time, but once in a while you can still set aside a little time for yourself so you stay sane. Plus kids grow up, and eventually you put in your time at work and things get a bit easier.
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I've outlived most of the people that told me I was acting like a kid.
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Also, most of the people who say these things either drive GM or Chrysler products, or they pay $700 per month to lease a 5-series for their wife to roll around in.
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Anybody else feel like this? I mean, I am almost 28, and I know sooner or later I'm gonna have a kid or 2 and then priorities change, but come on. Somebody can baby sit while I cruise down to a NE Dyno Event!
I'm a little younger than you, 24, but I think about this all the time since I plan on having kids in the next few years (I wanna hav'em sooner in life so I can be younger when their grown and outta my hair)...Before I bought my miata just a few months ago, I had planned on buying a "practical" car in efforts to prepare for the future, a 2004 or 2008 R32, so I could still have fun driving, but yet strap a car seat in if necessary and not worry about working on it. This was to replace my current 00' Solara. Then I said, you know what, eff that....I love working on cars, always have....if I get a project car that is mostly sorted out by the time I have kids, although I won't be able to take on huge projects with it, I can tinker with it here and there when I can to releave some stress (3am when everyone is sleeping )....and I'll get that practical car to replace the solara when I get the 9 month heads up....Who said you can't have multiple "Fun" cars right?

This would be a balanced stable:
72' Nova (Drag Car)
91' F-150 (Work Truck)
92' Turbo Miata (Weekend Warrior)
04' R32 (Daily for Me)Only one missing!
08' Civic (Family Mobile)
(Plan on replacing that Civic with a S4 Avant)

On another note, at least during house hunting there are no objections from my main squeeze about garage size. She knows its either going to be a 3 car attached, or a two car attached and 2 car detached with a lift....no if's and's or but's about it!
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