Journal: Does Your Significant Other Understand Your Automotive Passion?

Does Your Significant Other Understand Your Automotive Passion?

Afshin Behnia By Afshin Behnia
February 18, 2013
21 comments

I’m very lucky. Although my wife, Kika, does not drive (yes, you read that correctly!) and never thought twice about cars before she met me, she has taken an enormous liking to vintage cars and in some ways has become even more afflicted than I am. Whereas most wives try to talk their husbands out of buying yet another car, Kika not only gets excited when I get another Alfa, but she also drops hints here and there about picking up a Fiat 500 or asks whether we could consider a Miura.

I am indeed very fortunate in this regard!

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Now I’d love to hear from you.

What does your significant other think about your automotive passion? Does he or she understand it?

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Corran Helme
Corran Helme
3 years 6 months ago

Until I bought an Alfa Romeo GTV Bertone in pristine condition, my other half was reluctantly understanding of my passion for cars. Since then, she enjoys our country drives almost as much as I do (well, she is only a passenger as she can’t drive either), and she says she would not wish for me to sell it. I guess certain cars appeal to everyone and the GTV is such a car. Its beautiful, sounds sweet, and drives wonderfully.

Caml
Caml
3 years 7 months ago

My most recent SO did. She loved vintage 911s and used to make regular trips to VIR with her dad. Shame it ended before we got to kart head-to-head.

Jason Wright
Jason Wright
3 years 7 months ago
My girlfriend accepts my passion for cars and bikes and she is definitely more into it then she admits. I have been a Motorsport design engineer for over 15 years now with 9 years at the Benetton/Renault Formula One Team. I’m now living in Germany and working for Toyota Motorsport on the LMP1 car so it’s fair to say that I bring my work home with me. Before we met I don’t think she was very interested in ‘old timers’ but she loves my daily driver as much if not more than I do. I have a 1969 MGB GT… Read more »
Paco HC
Paco HC
3 years 8 months ago

Mine sadly didn’t, but alas, I’m now happily divorced…

Jim Caldwell
Jim Caldwell
3 years 8 months ago

Oh, she does. I taught her to drive my ’63 Alfa Giulia Spider when we were dating 47 years ago. I’m now restoring (resto-mod, mechanically) that little jewel – and she continues to remind me that, while expensive, it’s much cheaper than a girlfriend. Smart girl!!!

David Biren
David Biren
3 years 8 months ago

My wife doesn’t get it but she supports my sickness. I even found out that she secretly keeps notes on what I’m up to.

Adam Fairfax
Adam Fairfax
3 years 8 months ago

Um, with respect Afshin, Kiki is just as pretty as that Alfa!

Tell her I said so too! My Wife just saw this and loves that photo. Will see if we can’t do something similar with the 2.7!

Adam Fairfax
Adam Fairfax
3 years 8 months ago
My Wife gets it, pretends she’s interested, but then when it comes time for a spin, she typically seems to find something else to do. Ok, so I bought my life long dream car a few years ago .. 85, 930 911 in as new condition. Car just sat there and when I asked her if she wanted to go for a run, she says; “it looks too fast and dangerous for me”. She was 34 at the time, and OK so she was 6mths pregnant with our first child, BUT IT HAD BELTS !!! Then I bought a 2.7… Read more »
Greg Wells
Greg Wells
3 years 9 months ago
You bet she does, as she knew exactly what she was getting into we got married 35 years ago. After all, I’d show up for dates in cars like a 1949 Cadillac sedanette or a 1964 T-Bird. Or arrange to tour her mother around Atlanta in a 1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III limo. We traveled from our wedding to the reception in a 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom I limo, too. The latest proof: “Honey, I have a friend who has an empty hotel bed at Daytona for the Rolex 24 Hours. Do you mind if I go?” “Heck no, dear. In fact,… Read more »
Brodie Mills
Brodie Mills
3 years 9 months ago

At first, she had no idea what the deal was with my BMW obsession. But as my obsession has grown, she has warmed up to it and started falling in love with 2002 tii’s which I completely support. She’ll understand someday.

Jordan Lockhart
Jordan Lockhart
3 years 9 months ago

Kika doesn’t drive?! And I’m looking for a significant other that understands ANY of my passions. Just one is all I’m asking!

Kartik Kulkarni
Kartik Kulkarni
3 years 9 months ago
I’ve been in a relationship with my significant other for the past 8 years now, and my passion and sometimes intolerable obsession for cars goes back a bit longer than my relationship with her. Over time she’s graciously started to not only accept and live with my madness but also be a part of it. She’s begun watching formula 1 over weekends, reads and understands V8’s and turbochargers, and goes as maniacal as I do when we spot an Audi R8 pass by. The biggest lamborghini Reventon fanatic, I also promised her one day that we will cruise on the… Read more »
Doug Escriva
Doug Escriva
3 years 9 months ago

My wife and girls love the family sports car. My wife is especially understanding during the summer vintage race season when I off with the boys playing on the track all weekend long.
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Ian Lomax
Ian Lomax
3 years 9 months ago

Mine does. She supports it enough that she is co-founder of our car related business, Jewel or Jalopy. She’s angling for her own Volvo P1800E someday, and has lived with me long enough to also point out cool old cars. But she’s more into vintage trailers, so of course someday we’ll need a vintage station wagon to tow her ’66 Streamline. 🙂

Pete McLachlan
Pete McLachlan
3 years 9 months ago

My wife does not drive either, but she is an enthusiastic supporter of my various projects. She does get to be chauffered around in some great old cars, so I consider it a fair trade. And I do have one car that I can make her scream on command by suddenly punching the throttle and that never gets old.;)

Adrian Madej
Adrian Madej
3 years 9 months ago

Mi last 2 ladies didn’t like it nor even tried to pretend they to. So I dumped them.

Simon Lockie
Simon Lockie
3 years 9 months ago

My wife is part way in between. She does have a very definite appreciation of some cars, but she does not have an appreciation of performance modifications at all. I’m an all around petrol-head, I love it all, but in the interests of harmony I simply choose my cars from the stable of vehicles that she also likes. We have ‘his & hers’ VW Golf Mk1 GTIs. Her’s is an all white cabriolet and mine is a black hardtop.

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange
3 years 9 months ago

My Wife calls the Daytona, ‘The Mistress’ but she is for the most part very understanding of my addiction. The exception it the smell of old cars. Coming home after a 1,000 mile round trip to Reims in France last summer I walked through the front door with open arms to give my Wife a hug. The smell of petrol and engine oil on me and my clothes meant I needed a shower and all my clothes (including overnight bag) had to go in the wash before my wife would go near me.

Inigo Loy Colmenar
Inigo Loy Colmenar
3 years 9 months ago

I feel blessed for having a wife who understands and shares my addiction/hobby. The only thing is we have to get “his and hers” for each car that we acquire. It makes things a little bit more challenging…:)

Adam Kellar
Adam Kellar
3 years 9 months ago

Mine is just about as excited to see the latest Top Gear or Drive episode as I am 🙂

We have same/similar taste in cars and she routinely sends me “HONEY LOOK WHAT JUST DROVE PAST!” pictures.

I really lucked out here as well.

Nate Turnage
Nate Turnage
3 years 9 months ago

Mine most definitely does not understand my obsession, and I get a talking to whenever I buy parts to make the car move faster.

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