My motoring enthusiasm started early. My father used to take me to the beach in his 1985 Nissan 300Z. With the t-top open the combination of sun, salty air, and winding coastal roads was forever ingrained into my mind. I learned to drive in a 1997 Ford Expedition, so I’m comfortable driving just about anything smaller than a school bus. My my first car was a Jet Black 2003 BMW 325xi. Its the car I learned to drive stick in, igniting my purist attitude in transmission and driving preference. In fact, I believe that the best cars have the least distance between the driver and ultimate control of the vehicle. Things like automatic transmission, start/stop, cupholders, and electronic driver aids detract from the true purpose of being in a car; driving. And yes, cupholders. With mixed emotion, I sold my 325xi to make room for my first new car, an Estoril Blue 2013 BMW 335i xDrive. As required, it has a 6 speed manual and a minimal amount of cupholders. While my personal affinity for sport sedans from Munich might expose me to claims of bias, I’m always looking to define the personality of every car I drive. Each car is different and has to be driven as such. I won’t be satisfied until I’ve driven them all.
In all honesty the first memory I have is one of sitting in my father’s 1968 Corvette. It was pale yellow with black interior, a black removable vinyl roof, and a 4 speed manual. To this day he regrets selling that car, and to this day I still miss sitting in that passenger seat. Over the years however I have become more than just a Corvette lover, though they will always hold a special place in my heart.
Currently I drive a 2009 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Limited, black on black and I really dislike this color combination and I am constantly talking about how I never want another black vehicle (this doesn’t always sit well with Chris). Over the last few years I’ve developed a borderline obsession with Lamborghini, to the point where just seeing one on the rare occasions makes my day infinitely better. Where Chris and I differ is on the automotive technology aspect. I absolutely love double-clutch transmissions, electronic stability settings, and everything in the current techno-wiz Nissan GT-R. Similarly though, I am an avid fan of the Reichstag and their ability to make the best cars in the world, consistently. On that note my fair-weather car is a 2011 BMW 335i, and I absolutely love it to death to the point where I will defend it until I die, but would I want another one? Over an Audi S4? Probably not.
All-in-all, I like to stick to the tag line “I love to drive, I hate being driven” and hopefully through our opinions, writing, and whatever else we come up with, you will be able to hold on through the corners.
I have had an interest in cars from quite an early age. I would be riding along with my parents and be able to rattle off the year, make, and model of practically every car we passed by on the road. To some people it was a borderline obsession, but cars fascinated me, and still do. One of my loves as an adolescent was the Mitsubishi Eclipse—specifically the GSX trim level and 1995 to 1999 model years. I always wanted one; if only I had the chance to drive one to get that bug out of my system. Granted, it was not that exciting of a car. The Eclipse GSX was AWD with a 210 hp turbocharged 2.0 L engine. But it was still one of those cars most teenagers wanted at that time.
Over the years, my tastes have changed in regards to what I like as well as what I drive. For the past 6 years I have been a SUV girl (2005 Buick Rainier CXL) but have recently become the proud owner of a Mineral Gray 2013 BMW 328xi. It was quite an adjustment—going from a SUV to a mid-size car, but completely worth it. It does not matter if it is a quick trip to the mall or heading to work, the drive is always fun. Turning up BPM on the radio, putting the windows down, and feeling my hair fly up into the open sunroof is enough to put a huge smile on my face.
A car should not be known as just means of transportation. I believe they all have unique personalities and are a great way to express a person’s style. I plan on evaluating a car’s fundamental elements and features, but with a uniquely female perspective.