Have You Bought A Car Because Of How Well It Did In Racing?
Of course, I know the answer for many of you is “yes”.
It was for my father when he bought a Mazda RX-3 back in the day—and a Racing Beat exhaust to open it up a bit to sound more like what was on-track at the time. He moved to a Porsche 914 from there…and the period “Gilles Villeneuve” Momo Prototipo for it was just the sort of thing you’d see in a race paddock during the late ’70s.
Through watching results from Formula 1, IMSA, SCCA, rally, and sports car racing successes, the saying, “Race on Sunday, sell on Monday,” certainly shaped my family’s impression of what a desirable car is.
What I really want to know is which car, which race, or which results inspired you to buy a car. Did it have to win Le Mans in period, or does it have to run at the front of the pack in modern competition? Does a class win at the Nürburgring with a lightly-modified-for-racing vehicle get you excited? Or maybe the sight of someone like Jim Clark hustling a Lotus Cortina to within an inch of its door handles in period is enough to imagine yourself doing the same along your local B-road.
After watching a race on Sunday, have you bought on Monday?
Image sources: Alex Bermudez, Andrew Schneider, Yoav Gilad, iedeiblog.com