Summer’s coming, time to get out to some car events and talk about politics

Summer’s coming, time to get out to some car events and talk about politics

It’s the increased number of motorbikes on the road that really signals the arrival of warm weather. After all, if all you had to grip in the corners was two credit card-sized patches of rubber, and no windscreen wipers, you’d shun the chance to be at one with the elements on two wheels when rain is more than likely.

Car clubs are now out in force and the pristine restored classics that are locked up in winter are emerging. I was in Mission Bay on Sunday when a parade of 20 or so Morris Minors spluttered past, spewing toxic fumes into the atmosphere in the name of ‘heritage motoring’. And that’s fun – good on them for getting out and doing something. More of us should belong to car clubs.

Except that I no longer belong to a car club. I used to belong to three at the same time (one was Motorsport NZ affiliated which allowed me to race on tracks, one was a karting club, and the other was for the marque of car I had). The thing is that now I deal with car stuff all day. I love it – I’m right on the cutting edge of everything that’s going on in the auto world. But I don’t want to talk about it on the weekends for fear of burning out. If a car club consisted of a group of people getting together to do an activity (driving somewhere, then doing something), that would be great, but often the conversation is just about the cars, as if nothing else is going on in the world.

Too often it’s a group of guys, standing around, arms folded, looking under the engine bay of one of the member’s cars talking about what spark plugs are in there. Well, I want a bit more than that – I want conversations about last night’s episode of Family Guy, which NZ government candidate would be best for our car clubs, and why garden gnomes are rubbish.

So, it’s over to you to get out there and broaden the conversation amongst car club members. Get out there and decide which is right for you – blue or red (and I’m not talking Ford or Holden).

It’s the increased number of motorbikes on the road that really signals the arrival of warm weather. After all, if all you had to grip in the corners was two credit card-sized patches of rubber, and no windscreen wipers, you’d shun the chance to be at one with the elements on two wheels when rain is more than likely.

Car clubs are now out in force and the pristine restored classics that are locked up in winter are emerging. I was in Mission Bay on Sunday when a parade of 20 or so Morris Minors spluttered past, spewing toxic fumes into the atmosphere in the name of ‘heritage motoring’. And that’s fun – good on them for getting out and doing something. More of us should belong to car clubs.

Except that I no longer belong to a car club. I used to belong to three at the same time (one was Motorsport NZ affiliated which allowed me to race on tracks, one was a karting club, and the other was for the marque of car I had). The thing is that now I deal with car stuff all day. I love it – I’m right on the cutting edge of everything that’s going on in the auto world. But I don’t want to talk about it on the weekends for fear of burning out. If a car club consisted of a group of people getting together to do an activity (driving somewhere, then doing something), that would be great, but often the conversation is just about the cars, as if nothing else is going on in the world.

Too often it’s a group of guys, standing around, arms folded, looking under the engine bay of one of the member’s cars talking about what spark plugs are in there. Well, I want a bit more than that – I want conversations about last night’s episode of Family Guy, which NZ government candidate would be best for our car clubs, and why garden gnomes are rubbish.

So, it’s over to you to get out there and broaden the conversation amongst car club members. Get out there and decide which is right for you – blue or red (and I’m not talking Ford or Holden).

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