"'Appalled' might be too strong a word, but, although I wasn't exactly sure why, I definitely found all this over-restoration and over-preparation distasteful. I still do. Don’t get me wrong, I was pleased for his success, and I’m a firm believer in 'different strokes for different folks,' but I found it epically tragic that a wonderful motorcar, which had been built to thrill its owner on the great roads and circuits of the world, would instead spend its life as a… statue. Worse than a statue, even. A kind of circus sideshow, ogled and judged for its obscene cleanliness, despite being 'restored' to a state it had never, ever been in to begin with. What kind of life is that for a Porsche? What had this car ever seen? What had its owner ever experienced in it? It seemed a cruel fate for a car..."Read More
"I saw my first wild boar that day. And my second. A couple falcons and a whole bunch of sparrows. But no human beings. On a closed trail near the top of a difficult mountain, it's just you, the vehicle and nature, and that makes the surroundings feel pretty special. Why do it? Why drive a Nissan Patrol all the way up here, likely breaking a few laws and risking an embarrassing recovery if you put a wheel wrong? Because that's what Nissan Patrols do, frankly, and the challenge of making it up and down without help is an inspiring one.
Up there, high enough for the clouds to start closing down the ceiling, there's nothing to bother you. Nothing to pay attention to except the available grip and the scenery. Nothing to worry about.
My phone beeped..."Read More