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Know anyone who gave up on owning exciting cars and went full boring cars?

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  1. TeamF1Jr

    TeamF1Jr Formula 3
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    I had a distant friend that passed away recently in his early 90s. In his younger days he was a rebel. Owned Maserati SM, Ferrari Daytona, Miura, Alfa Romeo Montreal and others. Just seemed ahead of his time, a true playboy, then when he hit his 60s he just didn't care anymore. Went full Lexus and never turned back. Never had the chance to ask him what changed, but he was healthy physically and financially.

    Do you know anyone like that?
     
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  2. Tenney

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    Even the boring stuff can be pretty exciting these days ...

     
  3. Smiles

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    My dad.

    Mercedes 190SL, MGA. His last real sports car was his 1981 308 GTSi that he bought in ‘85.

    Then he bought three Honda Accords, one after another.

    Matt
     
  4. OhioMark

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    My 87' year old Father as well! He had a 50' Olds with the Rocket V-8, 59' MGA, 68' 427 Vette, 70' 455 Toro, 73' Pontiac GP SJ
    with a 455' and the last was a new 85' Vette he kept for several years. He did buy a 57' T-bird after the Vette, but since then it's
    been four door full size Caddy's with a few mini-vans and Suburbans thrown in for Mom to drive....go figure?
     
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  5. Steinhart

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    life changes, priorities change, bucket lists get fulfilled, people change, simple
     
  6. stever

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    Uh....me. Just a car guy who drove for fun, 'needed' to get home from vacation to drive, F1 fan for too many years...............now, dislike wasted time in a car, racing is getting stale, etc. Life changes....still getting used to it. 68 soon(gulp).....still getting used to it. :)
     
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  7. MalcQV

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    I have wondered about this myself. When I retire I know I will have a lot less disposable income. I'm thinking of going one car - 911. I've never owned a Porsche let alone a 911. In fact I have only sat in a 911.

    Probably not what we're talking about here but only having one car scares me, even if it is a 911.
     
  8. EastMemphis

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    I went full circle. In my younger days, I always had at least one "fun" car, usually just what I could afford. Started with Camaro's, Fiat 124, Spitfire, and finally, a 15 year love/hate relationship with an enhanced '73 911-T. After getting rid of the 911, I went years with boring cars and SUV's. I started back with a very nice SL63, but that car was just too computerized and automated. I felt I couldn't keep it past the end of the warranty. Now I have a 360.

    I'm still in the honeymoon stage when everything seems to be never ending and hopefully, this new romance will blossom into a long term comfortable affair.
     
  9. VGM911

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    Ahhhh.....so true.
     
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  10. mclaudio

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    #10 mclaudio, Sep 22, 2019
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    True for me. Car guy since formative years. Raced in 90s/00s/early 10s. Still enjoy visceral drives of motorsport-heritage cars. But much less interested in racing.

    Not into hyper/supercars unless raced. A handful of cars left that I would own. Quality not quantity; two hobby cars max. Interested in other pursuits.
     
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  11. amenasce

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    Sort of me. I have a 911 but I don't really enjoy it here in Illinois. So flat. So straight. So many potholes. So many cops. So many minivans. So much snow and rain.

    I will revisit when I get the hell out of this forsaken state to some place a bit more hilly and dry. Hoping to pick up a Diablo that will make me sweat.
     
  12. Bradwilliams

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    The age thing can cause it for sure. My dad is going from a 911 cab to an SL mercedes for a softer ride and a car to put more miles on. I do have a funny story about a high school kid I knew in the early 2000s. He is still known for this move to this day. Gets the keys to a 2 year old 911 turbo porsche as a gift from his grandparents. He then proceeds to drive to the Lexus dealer to trade it in for a (then new) Sc430 convertible. When asked why he would do something so ridiculous he stated "I didn't want to have to learn to drive stick" LOL!! Every time we see him today somebody always drops the "this guy makes horrible decisions in life" line to him.

    True story.
     
  13. rdefabri

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    It happens. My dad and my father in law were both car guys when young. Now, they couldn't care less.

    I'm in my 50's and I still dig cars, but not with the same passion as when I was young. It might be a little like the movie "10" - I wanted a Ferrari for so long, now I have it. It's been great and it's fun to drive, but all the little quirks and lack of time - I start to see what it really is...work.

    In any event, I don't think my passion will ever be gone, but it may wane a bit.
     
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  14. Natkingcolebasket69

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    Well once u have kids it changes too


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  15. 19633500GT

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    It's a mindset man, can't let kids change that TOO much.

    Sure we had more free time, more income, and less responsibility, but you find different ways to "make it count"
     
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  16. Natkingcolebasket69

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    I have more money with kids than before. It’s just time and practicality of the said car. I got a FF amongst other cars but with twins it’s a van u need;) the g wagon and Escalade still don’t fit enough stuff;)


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  17. bart12

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    #17 bart12, Sep 26, 2019
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    I am in the midroad to this. Priority changed. Started to buy cars when I had no kids. NO I have 3 small kids, who loves to go on rides with the special cars and do long trips, dont have time to ride the 2 seaters.

    And also, I dont feel I enjoy it more then when I only had 1-2 special cars and 2 DD. I had 10 cars and no time to drive it. There is something wrong with that I think.

    So right now, I rather have a luxury SUV and keep 1 or 2 cars for special occasions.

    I sold my RS, turbo S. I am still wanting to sell more cars but thinking about it carefully. I dont want any sellers remorse which has happened a number of times already.

    But I am sure of one thing, my scud stays.
     
  18. bart12

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    I totally feel yah. I sold my Turbo S to buy my wife an Escallade ESV. I thought it was big enough, then we bought 2 german sheperds which we bring on trips.
     
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    Im getting there. The only fun car I have is the ML63 and when thats ready to go I will probably just get a 'normal' SUV

    I drive as little as possible these days. People on the road are too irritating.

    Just today I had a guy who looked 1050 years old pull out in front of me from his home driveway while my dog was in the car and I had to slam on the brakes and catch her

    Its just no fun any more.
     
  20. MotorMouth

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    Maybe someone already said this, but I think a big part of this scenario is that all the nicer classic cars became too expensive. And not even expensive as “cars” but expensive as “investment grade art”. It’s such a turn off. On the other side of the cool car spectrum. Modern super car prices have more than doubled in 15 years and that certainly isn’t all inflation in that time. I know there are other factors at work here, but this costs me a lot of enthusiasm.
     
  21. EastMemphis

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    A few days ago, I took a nice long drive to nowhere in my 360 gated Spider with the top down. The roads were dry, the temp was around 62F and all the lights were green. I saw a bunch of other nice cars and a guy with a brand new Corvette told me he loved my car. Sure, there are times when driving is a hassle but there are also times when it is cathartic and like nothing else. Live for those days and forget the rat race.
     
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  22. Carnut

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    I have slowed down a bit in the last few years, when it comes to buying cars. My reasons are different though, I just don't find that many cars that interesting. I went car shopping with my neighbor (also a forum member who owns a Ferrari), and his wife yesterday. I was amazed by the fact that nothing caught my interest, but I do want to test drive a new MB E53 convertible, which they did not have. The weather has been pretty nice here for December and I took the AMG GTS out of storage last week. I had it out yesterday, It is not a car for the faint of heart, or larger body sizes, but it is the type of car that I find appealing, lets you know you are still alive.
     
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  23. Adamtensta

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    Being in the mid 30s, this thread makes me depressed! I hope I never lose that passion and love.

    Take care all

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  24. ross

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    still passionate.

    although my father just got a carrera 4s cabrio and was going to flip it but decided to keep it because it actually works.....
     
  25. vraa

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    I love my FF but sometimes I just prefer my moms RX450h, talk about soccer momobile
     

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