Not many people will understand the bond one shares with ones vehicle. It’s more than just sitting in your car every morning, and driving off. Its not mundane routine. Its….la…..la….laaaaa…..JOY!
And I’ve felt that bond with all our cars. Everytime we sold a car, I just HAD to have those last moments alone with the car. Spend some time sitting there, think of all those good memories it brought back, drop a few tears and say that final goodbye. It shouldn’t be this tough letting go.
Its worse when you come across your car after a period of time, and see somebody else driving it. You feel robbed of that bond. Lame, you may think. But I can sooooooo relate to it. It’s like a father letting go of his daughter, at the alter. Only this time, you don’t know if she’s going into safe hands or not. It’s a gamble, for the right price.
What (rather, “who”) touched a nerve and inspired me…..... was Burt Monro, the 68 year old Kiwi motorcycling legend…......who broke all records at the annual Speed Week motorcycle event at Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats! A jaw-dropping speed of 201 miles an hour!!!
Monro frequently talked to his vehicle; a red, rocket-shaped automotive relic that had no brakes, had to be pushed to get moving, overheated, and wobbled dangerously at peak speeds. You want more? His gas tank was covered with a cork, he had no braking chute, no fire suit, no tread on his tires….........and…........(wait for this).........................one of the mechanical parts was fit with a kitchen hinge!!!
But they shared a bond like no other. She was his “Indian”. He believed in her. He knew she would come through for him. And she did.
If you haven’t a clue what i’m talking about…..........go watch the film, already!! Anthony Hopkins brilliantly plays Burt Monro in the film “The World’s Fastest Indian”. He claims it to be one of his best movies, and its hard to disagree based on his laconic and lovable potrayal of his character.
I guarantee you moist eyes at the end of it. Not that the film is weepy or sycophantic in any way - it’s simply inspirational!
It’ll teach you that the next time you sit in your car, think twice before banging the steering wheel in anger…when stuck in a traffic jam, or slamming shut the door!
This isn’t just your means of transport. This is an experience. This is a connection. A connection that will “protect” from unseen danger and trying times….in ways you’ll never imagine. And to feel it, you have to WANT to get to know you’re car better.
Even the big tough SUVs need some TLC.
So….go…get to know your car. What have you got to lose anyway?