Spring, sunshine, & middle age toys

There’s something in the air. Spring is here and you can see the change everywhere you look around. The trees are beginning to bloom, people aren’t wearing jackets every day, and the winter tires have all been stored away for a few months.

But there’s something else going on.

Everywhere I look, I see middle-aged men driving sports cars. And not just middle-aged men, either.  Would-be retirees are also jumping into the sport car trend. These middle-aged men have taken their middle-aged toys out for the summer a few weeks early.

Here’s the weird part…I’ve always wanted to sit back and make fun of older guys for driving around in their Corvettes and Mustangs and Maseratis because they’d looked ridiculously out of place. But now? Now I’M the middle-aged guy…I’m 40, kids…and the “older guys” that are driving those vehicles aren’t that much older than I am.

I don’t get the appeal, to be honest.

Oh believe me…I’d love to have a “dream car”, but my style is more of a Mini Cooper (I love those little things). I’ve never found comfort in powerful engines (nor have I ever found the need to over-compensate for something by having an engine roar as I drive around town). I don’t know why, but I’d rather have handling over power…so maybe that makes me an overly cautious middle-aged guy, I dunno.

I always wondered why guys would purchase a Ford Mustang when they’re in their 50’s or 60’s, but I guess I understand that now that I’m entering my 40’s. It’s very simple: money.

Most guys can’t afford the car of their dreams when they’re in their 20’s and 30’s. So I suppose it only seems natural that they would jump online  to read the latest review of the hottest vehicles and decide which one they should take their line of credit out for. Me? I’d use a link like that just to read-up on what’s available (I’d like to think that the safety feature reviews are just as important as the hemi-engine output reviews), but it’s all about personal preference, I guess.

If I won the lottery tomorrow, would I upgrade my vehicle? Sure I would. If I somehow manage to eek out enough of a living in another ten years or so, will I want to pick up the latest hot rod just so I can reclaim a piece of my youth back?  Nah…that’s just not me.

I’d pick up something, for sure…but it’d be a vehicle that’s practical AND fun to drive/look at. As nice as a Corvette may look, it just doesn’t make any sense for me to own one at ANY age.

What about you? Do you have a vehicle of your dreams that you think you’d buy in your 50’s & 60’s if you could afford it? Why?


3 thoughts on “Spring, sunshine, & middle age toys

  1. I grew up the daughter of two families obsessed with cars. My dad actually met my mother because he couldn’t take his eyes off her car (*ahem* True story) and very nearly wrecked into her. My mom still follows that car and it randomly shows up in car lots around Texas and Louisiana for sale. (Now for a much larger price than when her daddy bought it brand new.)

    My parents were both drag racers and I can recall being in the back seat of a hemi charged race car from toddlerhood.

    I never really bought into the whole “car thing” until the past few years. So yeah, when we get enough money, GJ and I have decided to buy a classic muscle car like my mom used to have – maybe the same one – and keep it in the family. 🙂

  2. They don’t make the car of my dreams yet……it would be solar powered! Like an electric car, but with a solar panel on the roof so it is self-sufficient and never needs charging. And perhaps with some sort of windmill behind the front grill so that the motion of the car spins it around and makes its own power for things like lights and radio.

  3. I’m not that into cars, and certainly not into men who drive those kinds of cars. My dating experience has proven that men who drive the flashy sports cars (and trucks) do so to compensate for other areas in which they are lacking. [wink, wink, nudge, nudge]

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