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On motoring happiness Have you ever thought what defines motoring happiness? Have you ever pursued your motoring happiness? I've put a lot of thought on that and ended up believing that it's like making your own wine.

Editor: Giannis Zacharakis

Have you ever thought what defines motoring happiness? Have you ever pursued your motoring happiness? I've put a lot of thought on that and ended up believing that it's like making your own wine. And I explain. Anyone can spend hundreds of euros to buy the best wine money can buy. Anyone can spend thousands of euros buying wine refrigerators and creating the best wine collection magazines can tell you. Of course even if you can be proud or showing off with your achievement it doesn't mean that you can or know how to appreciate it. Buying a good wine is a completely different case than enjoying the tastes and smells it can offer to your senses. On the other hand making your own wine is a totally different story; it takes a huge effort both physical and mental and of course a lot of reading, searching and asking to acquire the knowledge of producing wine with your own name on it. But it doesn't need you spending a fortune necessarily, it only asks for your personal efforts and devotion. It might be crap, undrinkable (as my friends Nikol and Yiannis may have discovered) or better suited for use in a salad if you know what I mean, but the process of making it would have made you a better person, just because you have spend the time searching, having endured the frustrations, having tried and learned from the mistakes of one year and using them the next to improve the result. This search for the better is what's giving you the satisfaction, what creates your wine happiness...Now think about cars; anyone can spend thousands of euros buying the best car in the world. That doesn't mean that it will lead him in motoring happiness. It might, but the best car in the world is not the prerequisite for reaching the ultimate nirvana. Who do you think has more

17/5/2009

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Opinions Driving On motoring happiness

fun driving: the rich guy going to work with his brand new supercar or the 16 year old boy doing wheelies with his 100cc moped? Try remembering your own youth to answer the question. Who is more likely of reaching driving nirvana: the rich kid with the daddy's expensive toy on 4 wheels or the guy who is trying to go as fast as he can every time he goes to work and back with his little city car, trying new tricks and new lines every time he encounters the same corner. Same holds for the cars we drive. Which do you think is the car that you will have most fun driving it? I mean, which car can you enjoy driving it and being safe without scaring the soul out of you? The question can be rephrased as follows: can you have fun if going slow or you need thousands of horse power and space technology to pursue motoring nirvana. Can you have fun with a Hyundai Atos or you need at least a Lancer Evo IX?? Anyone believing that he can correct the Lancer if lost while cornering at 150 Km/Hour and not currently fighting with mister Kimi and mister Lewis for the F1 championship can also answer me that question. The fact is this: the faster you drive the harder the crash! I had a very entertaining experience during my vacations last month. I rented a Hyundai Atos with 60,000 Km on the clock in a rather sad condition. And yet it took us everywhere (sea, mountain, gravel and asphalt) without complaining, not even once. Of course, it was crap, very bad handling, no power, no brakes, rocking and sliding all over, dreadful in all aspects. And yet it was incredible fun to drive, because it was so very bad to drive! So in your every day commute to work you could have some serious fun going seriously slow if compared with a proper fast car. And without emptying your wallet when you buy one and every time you step on the throttle or you crash it, because eventually you will!

17/5/2009

www.sparewheels.gr

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On Motoring Hapiness