By Mike Atwal
17th October 2019

The Achilles Heel of Classic Car Ownership



There is something about classics cars that sometimes stops me enjoying them… I care about them too much! From the way I use them, to where I park them, maybe being more carefree would increase the enjoyment?

What do I mean by that? I will start with my own examples. I love my cars and am almost borderline obsessive with keeping them in good condition and safe from harm. And intensely try to defy the wear and tear process.

I check my cars constantly. Are the delicate bits of trim still holding in place? Does it have enough oil?

I can’t park my cars in any random space. I almost I feel I can’t park them at all. When I do park I triple check the lights are off and the doors are locked.

Recently the penny dropped though. I don’t enjoy my cars as much as my non-petrol head friends do.

They jump in, drive and have fun, park it where they want, jump out and lock it without evening looking back at it. Yet folk passing by admire their tasty motor.

I saw a chap park a DB9 up on a kerb recently, ever so close to a battered Kia Sedona and a trash bin. He walked away from it and locked it without even looking back.

I’ve always wanted a DB9. But I’m going to learn how to enjoy cars more first.

How much should you care about your car? Where is the sweet spot?

 


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The trick is to find a balance between your passion for classic cars and understanding of real happiness in using them. Classic Car ownership is 10% of happiness , driving, travelling , sharing with friends are 90% of real happiness. I drive an old Aston since 1992. At the beginning I was a bit of a maniac about the car, not anymore. I restored and improved it. It is expensive so I try to enjoy it at the max. Sometimes, I listen to engine noise and gearbox to prevent any future problem. I park it normally and above anything else,… Read more »

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Hi Guy,

I think you have summed it up brilliantly, especially the last paragraph.

Agreed that sharing with friends and those who you meet out and about with it is special indeed.

May I ask which model you have?

Michael

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AM DBS V8 FI – 1971

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What a handsome brut of a car.That is my kind of car! And the sound…love it.

It’s really great you use it all year round. Do you swap to winter tyres by chance?

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215 70 VR 15 with 15 inches wheels , I don’t think it exists. They are 1960s type of tyres.