Hooniverse Asks- What's On Your Automotive Bucket List?

None of us will ever be as cool as Jack. Hell, few of us are as icy smooth as Mr. Freeman there. But just like the two septuagenarian actors, one day we’ll all meet our maker. Before that happens, there’s a list – as used for the central plot device in The Bucket List – of the things one wants to accomplish before that day arrives. Since you’re reading Hooniverse, there’s a strong likelihood that your Bucket List has a number of automotive-related experiences on it.

Death and taxes are the two traditionally immutable events we all face, and today being April 15th, will go with the less painful of the two, death. The average life span these days is somewhere in the neighborhood of 75 years. That’s a goodly amount of time to get the things done that need to get done, but as there are so many mundane tasks that take up our lives – work, raising kids, trying to decide what to TiVo – that there’s little time left over for the things we want to accomplish for purely personal achievement.

That’s why it’s important to have a list. Having a document that delineates the most important, and personally fulfilling goals will strip the chaff from the wheat, giving you a better opportunity to undertake the important stuff.

As example, for me (considering only the car stuff) there’s the want of driving a Ferrari Lusso – preferably up Highway 1 through Big Sur, with a stop at Nepenthe. Sure newer Ferraris are faster and more adept at everything, but, despite Pininfarina’s best efforts, nothing else possesses such raw sex energy as the Lusso. I’d also like to watch, just once, the Monaco Grand Prix from one of those balconies facing the course. If possible, there should be a pouting French woman in a slinky nightgown watching from an adjacent balcony, for during cautions.

That’s just a couple of achievements from my list. How about you, do you have a list of lifetime goals? Are you currently crossing them off until you get to retirement age when you’ll have nothing left to do, or are they more extravagant, requiring means for which you are currently unable to provide?

Regardless of which, what’s on your bucket list?

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85 responses to “Hooniverse Asks- What's On Your Automotive Bucket List?”

  1. Dr_Dangerously Avatar

    I keep a running list of vehicles I would like to own in a folder on my desktop. My screen saver is also set to play these pictures when it starts.
    <img src="http://i524.photobucket.com/albums/cc328/drdanger123/Screenshot2010-04-15atApril15113437.png?t=1271345748"width=400&gt;

    1. joshuman Avatar

      I heartily approve of your listicle. Some of those, such as the Koenigsegg Volvo, Muira, 190E Evo II and Lancia 037 will be difficult to get seat time in but what fun is such a list without a challenge or two?
      I now know what a Zundapp DB is and I am a better person for it.

      1. Dr_Dangerously Avatar

        Always best to set high goals. Also, can't really see the name, but the Daimler Double Six Drophead Coupe would also be a diffucult car to aquire…but imagine how badass that car would be to drive down the road. take that Cruella!
        link to the image = here

    2. Tanshanomi Avatar

      I give a hearty thumbs up to the Honda Coupe. I thought I was the only one.
      I've always specified the 600 instead of an 800 because of its greater rarity, but same thing, really.
      <img src="http://www.tanshanomi.com/temp/Honda_S600_Coupe.jpg"&gt;

      1. Dr_Dangerously Avatar

        I like the 800 for the faster motor, hot little car though.

  2. Al_Navarro Avatar

    – Nurburgring, in a Seven, if possible. In a BMW if not. Preferably at the wheel.
    – F1 race in person, preferably Spa
    – Pebble & Amelia
    – Goodwood
    – Land a car maker as a client

  3. SSurfer321 Avatar

    I try to keep my goals attainable (don't want to set that bar too high)
    Bondurant / Skip Barber School (Preferably at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca)
    Wide Open Baja
    Attend Detroit Grand Prix (if they ever run it again, otherwise substitute any ALMS road course)
    Drive Route 66 in a sports car
    Own an Aston Martin DB7/DB9/Vantage (ok so this one is kind of high)

  4. James Avatar

    mine are all weird cars from the 80's/90's, basically. It goes like this (in no particular order)
    Saab 9000 Aero 5-speed 5-door
    Saab 9-3 Viggen 3 door, Electric Blue
    Volvo 850 T-5R Wagon, Yellow (of course)
    Volvo 945 Turbo Wagon (with Td04-19T, Ford Brown Tops, 4bar FPR, huge front mount, Getrag M90 swap, LSD, iPd suspension parts…)
    Another C900, preferrably a 16v Turbo Convertible with the SE (basically SPG) kit
    Merkur XR4Ti (does this count?) with massively boosted motor, Tremec T5, side-exit exhaust
    BMW E30 325iS 2-door
    BMW E28 M5
    BMW E34 M5
    BMW Z3 M Coupe(!!!)
    Mercedes W124 300D Turbodiesel (6cyl, please)
    either an Audi 200 20v Turbo Quattro, UrS4, or UrS6. Would prefer UrS4.
    Porsche 944 Turbo
    a Merc with a 48v V12 of any variety, preferrably CL600.
    Mercedes C43 AMG
    B5 S4, lol
    FC3S RX7 Turbo II
    Mitsubishi Starion (wide-body, intercooled)
    Bug-Eye WRX
    late-ninties Legacy 2.5GT with EJ257T swap/VF34 turbo/big top mount/super sleeeeper
    Subaru SVX
    NA Miata with a bridge-ported 13b N/A
    1G DSM AWD with some mods (or hell, a Galant VR-4 would be even better)
    Z32 300ZX Twin-Turbo
    SW20 MR2 Turbo
    ST185 Celica All-Trac
    SVT Lightning with a HOWLING supercharger, kthx
    20th Anniversary Trans Am Turbo
    Grand National
    Mustang SVO
    Fiero with a 3800 SII S/C swap
    Lotus Elise S/C (yeah, right, I'll never have enough money)
    Jaguar XJR (with the 4.0L 24v Supercharged I6, kthx)
    Maserati Biturbo
    there are more, but this list is already ridiculous enough….

    1. ptmeyer84 Avatar

      Get out of my head! I personally lust after every one of those you listed. I currently am working on a 91 Volvo 745 with the exact list of mods. But I would but the M Coupe and the Elise at the top. I park next to a kid that has a M Coupe at school bit I have yet to talk to him. It may be a bit creepy for me to camp out by his car and wait for him.

  5. dearyou Avatar

    24 Hours of LeMans (as a spectator, of course)
    Restore a quirky french/italian car (I have a long list of candidates)
    WRC Rally Monte Carlo (will exchange for Finland also)
    Membership at Autobahn Country Club, with paddock

  6. discontinuuity Avatar

    -Race at LeMons
    -Get a decent autocross car (MR-2 or Miata)
    -Land an engineering job at an automaker that isn't entirely soul-crushing
    -Build some kind of kit car or hot rod.
    -If/when I have kids, swap a V8 into a Volvo wagon

  7. Tim Odell Avatar
    Tim Odell

    Here we go…
    Baja 1000
    Vintage Drags at Bakersfield
    WRC Event
    Vintage Road Rally
    Vintage Racing event
    Cross-country roadtrip in something cool
    24 Hours of LeMons [DONE]
    A muscle car that's truly terrifying
    BMW E9
    65-67 Chevelle in black
    Some kind of alt fuel/energy vehicle (biodiesel burbo, homebrew hybrid, etc)
    Drive (upgrades to own when I strike it rich)
    Maserati GT (current one)
    Current Aston Martin
    Aston Martin DB5
    Ferrari 250
    A very bucket-listy thing I got to do was for our honeymoon, we took a week to drive up Hwy 1 from SoCal to San Francisco in my dad's '68 Mustang California Special. Hard to beat San Simeon in May in a classic Mustang with your gal riding shotgun.

    1. dearyou Avatar

      Just as an FYI, rallytravel.com makes attending a WRC pretty easy. We used them for Rally Germany and it was honestly one of the coolest experiences of my life. Couldn't recommend it more highly.

      1. Tim Odell Avatar
        Tim Odell

        Damn you.
        Who needs retirement savings, anyway….

        1. dearyou Avatar

          Smoke, drink, don't exercise, eat crappy food – lower life expectancy to minimize retirement savings needs.
          Otherwise, I'm sure doing Rally Mexico with RallyTravel would be very affordable. Given the locales, airfare is always the big cost. Oh, also, at least for me, the other big cost was the fact that I had to promise my wife one full day of shopping for every day spent at the Rally.

      2. Manic_King Avatar

        I just checked this site and for Finland at least you would save a lot by doing your accom. and car rental bookings yourself in the internet, accom via rally's website, link below.
        Accom.: $70 a night per person
        Car rental $60 per day, up to 4 pers.
        Additionally needed: good roadmap, GPS in car or in phone……and that's it.
        Flights from Helsinki to west coast US? From $1000 per person return if lucky. http://www.nesteoilrallyfinland.fi/en/default.htm

    2. muthalovin Avatar

      Let me know when you get to the building of the Chevelle. I'll be there.

  8. Syrax Avatar

    I saw Massa lose the championship in the last turn in Interlagos in 2008 and that made it for me. Other than that, the Lusso gets the spot too. It's the only bearable Ferrari along with the 550 Barchetta for me (although weirdly the 612 is growing on me). I wanted to fly Concorde but that's not gonna happen.

    1. joshuman Avatar

      That race was so captivating that even my wife was excited.

  9. muthalovin Avatar

    1. 200 mph club
    2. ZR1 up Pacific Coast
    3. Tour Europe in an M5
    4. Baja a Raptor (2011MY)
    5. Go for a ride on the back of Randy Mamola's Ducati (no, YOU'RE GAY!)
    <img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/eb/Randy_Mamola_Ducati_2006_0618.jpg"&gt;

  10. vwminispeedster Avatar

    Buick Grand National
    GMC Syclone
    Chevy El Camino '59-'67 only
    Another aircooled VW type 1
    keep dad's Citroen DS sedan and wagon and '52 Ford F-3 tow truck
    (I'm gonna need more room)
    Attend Events:
    Pikes Peak
    Baja 1000
    King of the Hammers
    24hrs Nurburgring
    Vintage Drags at Bakersfield
    Goodwood hillclimb
    Isle of Mann TT
    Keep Racing:

  11. joshuman Avatar

    I would like to attend an F1 race and would prefer one of the old tracks (Spa, Silverstone, Monte Carlo, or Monza). There are several cars I would really enjoy having and driving but the big line item on the list is to begin and finish a project car hell where the subject is something old, small, and topless. I wish to take European delivery of a new car. I want to thrash a car on the Nurburgring. I want to attend O'Neil's rally school or the local version of it is allowed to happen (http://snovalleystar.com/2010/03/24/mill-site-could-become-rally-car-course).

  12. lilwillie Avatar

    In no particular order
    ZR1 Corvette the old and the new.
    Z06 Corvette.
    '67 Vette any configuration will do.
    Porsche 911
    Ferrari, any kind will do
    Military Humvee
    BMW road race car, starting to almost get that one….Would like a 2002, will likely settle for E30.
    Yenko, COPO anything
    Two car transporter hooked to a 1 Ton Suburban with a BBC, lifted with 33' mudders on it
    Vintage Historic Camaro race car
    I'm sure there is more but this is the short list always on my mind.

  13. CptSevere Avatar

    I would like to compete in the Carrera Panamericana in something that could have competed in the original race, maybe a Packard. I'd like to run something wild at Bonneville. I've driven cross-country numerous times, but I'd like to do it again on a motorcycle. Gawd, I could go on and on.

    1. Tanshanomi Avatar

      Oh, and one more: drive LeMons in some really Weird Science car creation.. Preferably a front-mid-engined, front wheel drive car that mates the outsides of the the stock drive axles to the inner halves of VW rear axles to form equal-length half-shafts that attach to a VW transaxle that sits where the motor was, equipped with a homemade Kennedy-style alloy adapter plate to mate it to a Ford 2300 four-banger that protrudes through the middle of the old firewall where the front seat was. The steering column is extended rearward, a new shift linkage is fabricated, and foot controls are relocated so the driver sits approximately where the middle of the back seat was.
      Or an S-10 that's has a Polaris 2-stroke triple located in the front of the bed, which drives a belt-and-pulley snowmobile CVT, which is attached to a shortened driveshaft.
      I'm not greedy; either one will do. I don't have to do them both to be satisfied with my life.

    2. Tanshanomi Avatar

      Oh, one more: Attend the Manx TT.

    3. Tanshanomi Avatar

      Holy crap…there's more. Thank you so very much for messing my mind up and totally ruining my productivity for today.
      IFA (or MZ) BK350.
      <IMG SRC."http://www.fahrzeugmuseum-gloethe.de/Monatsbild/Bk%20350.jpg&quot; WIDTH="480">
      Honda CBX.
      <img src="http://www.members.shaw.ca/cbx4evr/pix/79cbx1000.jpeg"&gt;

      1. Alff Avatar

        Just last night my neighbor who has a thing for Hondas (He's got an early 70s CB360 and a pristine V65 Magna) rolled into my driveway on one of those 6 cylinder CBs. Beautiful, silent, smooth-running and still going strong at 89K miles. I am jealous.

      2. CptSevere Avatar

        Yeah. Forgot to mention that. Wouldn't it be cool as hell to take delivery of one (choose your model, I like the one that looks fifties), then drive it all over India, then ship it back here? I agree.

    4. Tanshanomi Avatar

      On the other hand, look at all I've checked off my list.
      – Own VW dune buggy – check.
      – Own a vintage panel truck – check.
      – Own a forward-control van – check.
      – Own BSA 500 single – check.
      – Own a Honda MB5 – double check.
      – Own a Honda CB350F – check.
      – Own a Kawasaki H2 750 Mach IV – check.
      – Roadrace a Bultaco – check.
      – Own a Yamaha WaveBlaster II – check.
      – 1000 mile club – check.
      – 150 MPH club [car] – check.
      – 130 MPH club [bike] – check. (Originally this was going to be the 150 MPH club, too, but once I learned what the road looks like at 130, I'm really okay not going any further).
      – Take a bike over Galena Summit the first day it opens in the spring – check.
      – Drag race – check. (It was in a 17-second Toyota Tercel, but it still counts a check.)
      – Race a go-kart – check.
      – Ride in a diwheel – check.
      – Make lots and lots of valued friendships with other gearheads, bikers, and greasemonkeys – BIG CHECK.

      1. Dr_Dangerously Avatar

        That BSA 500 single is the hotness

        1. Tanshanomi Avatar

          Well, it was a unit Goldstar, not the "real" Gold Star. But still, indeed yes.
          <img src="http://www.tanshanomi.com/temp/myb50ss_web.jpg"&gt;

      2. CptSevere Avatar

        You mentioned having an H2, that's on my list. I've never ridden one, and everything I've heard about those screaming maniacs warns me away from those things, but I still want one to see if I measure up. Obviously you lived to tell about it, maybe I would, too.

        1. Tanshanomi Avatar

          The H2 motor was not nearly as uncontrollable, power-wise, as I had been led to expect. You just need to know from the start that there are certain combinations of riding environment, RPM and throttle movements that had to NEVER, EVER meet each other. Approach the motor gingerly and it won't bite (although I kept the stock pipes on it. With expansion chambers it would have been a different story). The handling, however, really WAS just as scary as you've heard. I got rid of it when it became obvious it was either sell it or start making mods to the chassis.

  14. Black Steelies Avatar

    My automotive goals are as follows, each in a car more specific than the last:
    North American transcontinental marathon in something classy [anything really, too many options]
    lap 'the ring', even if I drove it in something worthless, it doesn't matter
    Vintage hillclimb in a stodgy Brit perhaps an MG tc
    Amateur rallycross/autocross in something Swedish
    Autobahn: has to be a BMW. again, undecided [idk, a CSL??]
    200 mph club in a ZR1
    finally get around to restoring my great-great grandpappy's orig 1929 Chevrolet 4-door
    to own:
    Wagoneer, last gen
    70' Chevelle ss 454
    Grand National
    As many Buicks as I can get my hands on
    [Bikes: jus thought id throw em in too
    Ducati Monster m900+
    BMW R69, R60/2 &/or GS('95-on)]

  15. Black Steelies Avatar

    "-Teach my wife to love wagons
    -Teach my wife to drive a stick
    -Get my wife to ride on the back of my motorcycle – Complete!"
    haha the trifecta!

    1. SSurfer321 Avatar

      My wife currently drives a 5-spd wagon and wants a dirt bike.

      1. R Henry Avatar
        R Henry

        She's a keeper!

  16. Alff Avatar

    I want to find a patinated but fundamentally sound Rambler wagon in the North Woods.

  17. Alan Avatar

    Tatra, EB110, S600, 993 C4S, any 60's Lancia, Alfa or Ferrari (all three preferably), RX-3, Bentley 6.75 of some sort, '67 Fastback Mustang.
    The EB110 and Ferrari might be a stretch, but the others will hopefully come along someday.

  18. name_too_long Avatar

    Buy a car outright paying entirely in unrolled pennies… find the scuzziest sleazeball dealer imaginable and make him earn his $4,000 markup.
    Drive a Corvair in front of Ralph Nader's house.
    Drive from Blaine Washington to Homestead Florida (Basically diagonal across the country)
    Blast down the unrestricted Autobahn at 2AM in something capable of 200+
    Build Super-Commuter Se7en (BMW Diesel, if it can pull 35mpg in a fat-ass 3 series just imagine a featherweight Se7en)
    Monster Miata / 20b-REW Miata
    Super-Sleeper Volvo estate… look stock, sound sort of stock… pressurized V8 under the hood
    Test just how well those guard rails work.

  19. LTDScott Avatar

    Work doesn't allow me much time to post, so I'll just state the two things on my list I have accomplished…. PIT-maneuvering another car, and driving all of Route 66.

    1. muthalovin Avatar

      What was your favorite state of Route 66?

      1. LTDScott Avatar

        Probably Arizona.

        1. CptSevere Avatar

          Take from me and Mr. Z600, the place ain't all that bad.

  20. Tanshanomi Avatar

    If you even go from Blane to Homestead in the Sleeper Volvo estate, I call shotgun.

  21. P161911 Avatar

    Indy 500
    Monaco GP
    Pebble Beach
    Daytona 500
    Drive a Ferrari, maybe even own one.
    Own/restore a small classic British or Italian sportscar.
    Get my 77 Corvette back on the road.
    Restore a classic car of some sort, Cadillac to Crossley to BMW to Packard, I'm not picky.
    Go into the dealer and order a new Corvette EXACTLY the way I want it.
    Never drive a normal boring car as my daily driver.
    My plan for retirement is to build a car. I'm not sure yet if it will be a kit, my own design, a hot rod (but not with a standard Big 3 V-8) or a heavily modified standard car. I've started a notebook with a few ideas. I'm sure it will NOT be a Cobra, or anything based on a Fiero, MR2, or VW, other than that I'm open. I've got 30+ years to plan.

  22. dculberson Avatar

    "-Teach my wife to love wagons
    -Teach my wife to drive a stick
    -Get my wife to ride on the back of my motorcycle – Complete! "
    Ahh, my wife loves wagons ever since I gave her my Accord Wagon, she can drive a stick, and I talked her into going to the MSF class and she bought a scooter. So I'm feeling pretty good about my spouse here. 😉

    1. engineerd Avatar

      Mrs. engineerd does not understand my love of wagons. I'll point one out and she crinkles her cute nose and says, "It's a wagon!" One night we were out for dinner and walking back to the car we saw an A4 Avant. I pointed it out and she said, "That's not that bad." Suddenly, the A4 jumped way up on my list of future cars.
      I taught her how to drive stick, but we've only been once. I need to get her back out so she can get more comfortable with it. I should also force her to drive my car to work one day.

    2. Tim Odell Avatar
      Tim Odell

      You anywhere near SoCal?
      I'm at project car overload right now…

      1. Tim Odell Avatar
        Tim Odell

        Re: "Project Overload" is has more to do with time…like I can't handle LeMons + Falcon + Country Sedan + Junior + Hooniverse + stay employed all at once.
        Re: The Country Sedan itself…Depends on what your end goal is. It'll never be a carshow queen, but you could make a bitchin muscle hauler, tow-rig out of it for a couple grand (above the purchase price).

        1. Tim Odell Avatar
          Tim Odell

          They require more attention, not always parts. Sometimes things just need adjusting, or more time to warm up (or cool down). Typically, you drop a few hundred bucks on upgrades, spend a little time getting them sorted out…then things are good until you screw with something else.
          With The Wagon (as we call it), right now, it sits too much. It's always started for me, but I haven't been able to use it enough. I was using it on Fridays and weekends all the time…just not lately.
          There's a to-do list on it, for which I have all the parts or supplies…just no time.

          1. MrHowser Avatar

            Yeah, I can see that. It's really amazing how much adjustment the manufacturers have been able to engineer out in the last 40 years.

    3. dculberson Avatar

      Ahh, gotcha. I had a 1968 Country Sedan – very similar to Mad_Science's truckster, and she thought it was fun. No way she would have driven it as her car, but she enjoyed riding in it. It was lowered, though, so driving it could be a challenge. (Disclaimer: I bought it lowered and acquired the springs to raise it back to factory height. Sold it before doing the work, though.)

    4. Tanshanomi Avatar

      My wife just bought a Yamaha V-Star 950 Tourer last Saturday (her first bike), and were scheduled to take the MSF class together next month.

  23. Juliet C. Avatar
    Juliet C.

    Everything on my list are converibles:
    a MR2 Spyder
    a BMW Z3
    a 76 Eldorado conv.
    a big Austin-Healy
    a Nash Metropolitan
    early Mercury Cougar conv.
    I'm a pragmatic person…none of those are really too unobtainable.

  24. jim-bob Avatar

    I want to own and drive many of my dream cars. These would include:
    Trabant 601
    Original Mini
    1966 Toyota Publica
    Citroen 2CV
    Citroen DS
    Lada 2101
    GAZ 24
    Lada Niva
    Honda N600
    1994 Nissan Sentra SE-R
    Peel P50
    Jeep CJ-5
    Honda City Turbo with the accessory scooter
    Nissan Pao
    Nissan S-Cargo
    Renault 4
    Yugo GVX
    Hakosuka Skyline GTR
    R34 Skyline GTR
    AMC S/C Rambler
    1969 Chevelle SS 396 L78/M22
    Spridget with a rotary swap
    original Mini with the Minimania kit to use a Honda VTEC engine and the AWD system from a CRV
    Caterham R500
    Trabant with a Hartman blocked GSXR 4 running the rear wheels on a custom chassis
    Unimog-any one will do
    Falcon GT/HO Phase III
    Trabant universal, cut down to a ute, and fitted with AWD and a small turbodiesel from VW
    Those are just the ones I can think of off the top of my head.

    1. damnelantra™[!] Avatar

      good call on the pao

  25. engineerd Avatar

    My auto-related bucket list looks something like this:
    1. Drive the Nurburgring Nordschleife
    2. Go to the Goodwood Festival of Speed
    3. Go to the Daytona 500
    4. Go to the Indy 500
    5. Go to the Monaco F1 race
    6. Go to the Belgian Grand Prix
    7. Build an outrageously overpowered go kart
    8. See a Space Shuttle launch. DONE
    9. Drive a Ford GT
    10. Drive a Lamborghini Miura
    11. Drive a Porsche 917
    12. Drive a Koenigsegg CCX
    13. Go to the 24 Hours of LeMans.
    14. Fix up a British car.
    15. Go on a tour of every major track in the world.
    16. Run in La Carerra Panamericana
    17. Visit the Porsche, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz museums
    18. Drive a car in a rally event
    19. Build a 24 Hours of LeMons car and race it

    1. Tanshanomi Avatar

      I'm afraid I won't get to scratch #8 off my list, considering the last one goes up in September.

    2. muthalovin Avatar

      Your list is awesome. I think #15 is fucking awesome.

  26. dculberson Avatar

    Like many people here, my own bucket list is just too long to really be practical. But boiling it down to what I really, really must own but haven't yet returns:
    1) Corvette, preferably C6, but C5 Z06 might do.
    2) Some sort of car I've built myself, be it a Se7en that I use as a toy or a Daytona Coupe that I use as a daily driver. (heh)
    As far as car activities go, I'd love to:
    1) Run 24 hours of Lemons. (Sort of accomplished, built a car, entered, raced, but we didn't finish. I would love to finish. [not win]) Hopefully that will be accomplished this year.
    2) BABE Rally (done, will do again)
    3) Drive the length of California SR 1
    4) Tail of the Dragon in something more fun than an Astro (maybe my hypothetical C5 Z06!?)
    5) Cross country on a motorcycle

  27. winslowkr Avatar

    1. Lap the Nurburgring in an early nineties Porsche turbo
    2. Lap Laguna Sece in a leader (1000+cc)bike
    3. Learn 200+MPH on the Bonneville salt flats in a dodge viper
    4. Go flat out through Eau Rouge at Spa Francorchamps in a Lotus exige
    5. climb Pikes peak in under 15:00 minuets in a EVO
    6. Finish the Baja 1000 in a Bug
    7. Drive a leg in the 24 hours at Daytona in a protoype car
    8. New York to Los Angles in under 35 hours
    9. sup10 sec 1/4 mile in a car i built from a pile of steal
    10. build and tune a 1000+ HP dyno queen with my own 2 hands

    1. SSurfer321 Avatar

      My wife wants to do Baja in a bug. If you build a car she will navigate.

  28. Tomsk Avatar

    In no particular order:
    Monaco Grand Prix
    Nürburgring 24 Hours
    Indianapolis 500
    Any LeMons race DONE
    Belgian Grand Prix
    Sebring 12 Hours
    24 Hours of Le Mans
    NHRA California Hot Rod Reunion
    Daytona 500
    Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
    Kohler (nee Brian Redman) Challenge at Road America
    Petit Le Mans
    Goodwood Festival of Speed
    Goodwood Revival Meeting
    24 Hours of Le Mans
    Retromobile Paris
    Italian Grand Prix
    Long Beach Grand Prix DONE
    Drive (or Own if Circumstances Allow)
    Any Ferrari DONE
    1967 or '68 Eldorado
    E39 M5
    E30 M3
    Facel Vega
    Boss 302
    Lamborghini Espada
    Citroën SM and/or DS
    2004-'06 Pontiac GTO DONE
    Audi Sport Quattro
    Holden Torana SS A9X
    Monteverdi Hai
    '67 Galaxie 500XL
    '65 Impala SS
    VW Phaeton

    1. Tomsk Avatar

      Participate In:
      Any LeMons race
      At least two laps of the Nürburgring
      At least one lap of the old Targa Florio course
      A road trip from Chicago to Santa Monica on Route 66 in an old car
      I'm sure I've forgotten a few things.

  29. CaptainZeroCool Avatar

    I don't know if I want to buy a left hand drive Caterham or import a older right hand drive Caterham. I don't care really. I just want one.

  30. Tomsk Avatar

    A partial list, in no particular order:
    1) Own a '67 or '68 Eldorado
    2) Own (or at least drive) a Ferrari DONE
    3) Attend the 24 Hours of Le Mans
    4) Attend the Goodwood Festival of Speed
    5) Attend the Goodwood Revival
    6) Own a VW Phaeton
    7) Own a '65 Impala SS (preferably a black big block coupe like my dad had)
    8) Attend the Indy 500
    9) Attend the Belgian Grand Prix
    10) Attend Retromobile Paris
    11) Attend Rally Finland
    12) Buy something unusual by LeMons standards (Nissan Axess? Mitsubishi Precis? Mercury LN7? Eagle Medallion?) and campaign it
    13) Attend the Southern 500
    14) Drive at least two laps of the Nürburgring Nordschleife
    15) Own a Citroën DS and/or SM
    16) Attend the Isle of Man TT
    17) Own a '67 Galaxie 500XL
    18) Drive (or own) an IMSA GTP or FIA Group C racecar
    19) Drive a lap of the Targa Florio course in Sicily
    20) Attend the California Hot Rod Reunion
    21) Own an E39 M5
    22) Own a Facel Vega
    23) Attend the Monaco Grand Prix
    24) Attend the Knoxville Nationals
    25) Own an Acura NSX

  31. dragon951 Avatar

    Well crap, I have never actually sat down and made a list. I'll get back to you in a couple days…

  32. SCR Avatar

    Lap the Nurburgring in the most American Car I can think of: An El Camino SS454

  33. Kraig Avatar

    Work at Leno's Garage
    do you think you have to watch his talk show to work there? i'd hate to miss Stewart and Colbert

  34. Peter_Dushenski Avatar

    My car-related dreams? Watching an F1 race live, driving a Formula 3000 car, and owning any of the following:
    Mercedes CLK Black
    Ferrari 430 Scuderia
    Ferrari 612 Scaglietti
    Lambo Gallardo LP560-4
    Audi R8
    Audi RS4
    Porsche 911 GT3
    Mercedes G500
    Tesla roadster
    Corvette ZR1
    Artega GT
    Aston Martin Vantage V8
    Mercedes McLaren SLR
    Datsun 240Z
    Ford GT
    BMW M3 sedan E90
    Porsche Cayman S
    KTM X-Bow
    BMW E30 M3
    Fiat 500 abarth ss
    VW Phaeton
    BMW Z8
    BMW E28 M5
    Volvo 1800 ES
    BMW 135i
    Audi A2
    Citroën DS
    Pagani Zonda
    Nissan GT-R (R32 or R35)
    Citroën Traction Avant
    Subaru SVX
    Porsche 959
    Renault Megane R26.R

  35. Goingincirclez Avatar

    Quick "shortlist" off the top of my head, I could probably fill more in later but I won't bore ya'll
    Cars To Own:
    Ford Torino Fastback
    1975-1977 Ford Granada 2-door sleeper streetrod
    1940’s woody of some sort
    Any motorcycle (cruiser)
    1958 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser
    Some undetermined microcar
    Some undetermined small roadster
    Volkswagen Beetle
    Cars to Drive
    1948 Tucker
    Ford GT
    1971 Porsche 911
    Pre-1978 Ferrari
    any Edsel
    Ford Model A
    Chevrolet Corvair
    Any large FireTruck
    anything with wheels, really.
    "Exotic" Places to Drive:
    Lap the Nuburgring
    any route through The Alps
    Tail of the Dragon
    Pikes Peak
    Route 66 end-to-end
    Pacific Coast Highway
    Canadian Ice Road
    That death-cliff-thing in South America
    Things to Do:
    Build a LeMons car and race it – currently in pupal stages
    Restore my 1988 Thunderbird – may have to settle for another specimen
    Assemble a Model A – currently preparing to begin this
    Work on a pit crew – DONE: Nascar BGN Darlington spring race, 1998 (filmed live in pits)
    Rescue a car in minor need of attention – DONE (Angstmobile)
    Rescure a car in need of major attention (not my own)
    Build a motor
    Build a go-kart
    Participate in a Demo Derby
    Races to see:
    Short-tracks – Accomplished throughout high school (but not done – how I miss this)
    Nascar – DONE (and done)
    Pikes Peak Hillclimb
    Any WRC event
    Vintage racing (RoadAtlanta, RoadAmerica, etc)
    (have no desire to see Indy cars or any race at IMS)

  36. soo΄pәr-bādd75 Avatar

    Hell, with the economy the way it is right now, I'm just damn happy I can make my car payments. I've put all dreaming on hold as it only depresses me.

  37. rovingardener Avatar

    Own a front engine Ferrari, preferably V-12, and definitely not an automatic.
    Drive a 1.5L turbo F1 car on a road course. Maybe buy one.
    Build a Caterham.
    Build a 60's road racing car for the street and install a modern Italian V-8.
    Own a CTS-V coupe or wagon.
    Build a TQ midget with an 800cc 2-stroke snowmobile engine.
    Own a road course, like in my backyard.

  38. nofrillls Avatar

    I like Mad_Science's take on this, so, beign the most sincere for of flattery…
    Le Mans
    Monterey Historics
    Any European Grand Prix event
    Circuit race a Miata (SCCA is fine)
    Vintage racing in any number of cars from the 60's or early 70's
    Several laps of the Nurburg Nordschleife, driving just about anything
    Another 1st gen Miata
    Another 76-77 Audi Fox – preferably wagon this time
    First gen Audi 100 (yes, the crappy OHV one) or Super 90
    Saab 99 (preferably turbo)
    Saab Sonnet III (V4 or 2 stroke) or any 2 stroke Saab
    Audi UR Quattro
    Pre-catalyst 6.3 or 6.9 Mercedes
    Mercedes W123 TD Estate of one model or another
    First gen Porsche 911
    Lamborghini Espada
    Type IV or notchback VW…to be modified
    Citroen 2CV
    Subaru STI (current platform or previous with wing-delete)
    Honda V4 Interceptor (does that count?)
    Ferrari 308
    Jeep J8
    Ford Model T
    Any of the older cars on the 'Own' list
    Complete (tatesfully) my current restomod Mercedes W114 project
    Turbo Diesel Jeep Cherokee XJ conversion (I live in the US)
    Mercedes M116 3.5 V8 280SL Pagoda conversion
    Shelby Cobra coupe kit (Superformance or other)
    Austin Mini, European first gen Ford Escort, Datsun 510 or other period 4-cyl subcompact
    First gen Ford Mustang
    Citroen DS
    E-Type Jaguar
    Lamborghini Countach
    Ferrari Daytona
    Sherman Tank
    V16 Cadillac
    Original 30's V8 Ford
    Citroen Traction Avant
    Mazda 323 GTX
    Lotus Elise
    I could go on and on, really…

  39. damnelantra™[!] Avatar

    kick ass somewhere in a type 67 nsu prinz.

      1. damnelantra™[!] Avatar

        type 67 is a body / engine configuration. not model year.
        and yes… i know too well about that sactown car.

  40. Mechanically Inept Avatar

    1. Own a Porsche before age 30. Done; got my 924S at 17
    2. Take said Porsche on cross-country road trip.
    3. Tail of the Dragon is 924S. I'm really hoping it'll happen this summer; I'm going hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains, and TOTD is right there. Cross fingers…
    4. Own an air-cooled 911, a 912 would do, as well
    5. Own an old American car, preferably pre-1970. No brand or model preference, just something cool with a V8 and a manual.
    6. Attend LeMons. The American Irony race is this weekend, and I really wanted to go, but fortunately, there's another race in MI this fall. Once again, cross fingers on this one…
    7. Max out a car on Autobahn and/or American highway out west.
    7. Lap the 'Ring and other race tracks in something fast and/or fun
    8. Get some decent driving training. This should happen before I ever venture onto a racetrack.
    9. Get a motorcycle.
    10. Compete in LeMons
    11. Compete in a rally
    12. Bring an old car back into primo condition (my 924 counts)
    13. Do an awesome engine swap
    14. Own something British, Italian, and French
    I'd continue, but I've got more video editing to do. Ugh.

  41. fartcan Avatar

    Basically everybody's probably covered every automotive machination I could have hatched. I'm as car-centric as the next hooniversian, but to tell you the truth, a piston powered dream of mine that would easily trump all the manna from the hooniverse….
    Fly a Supermarine Spitfire.

  42. Mad_Science Sr. Avatar
    Mad_Science Sr.

    This is a bit interesting for me. I used to have a better set up for a lot of cars (including better income). I did collect a bunch for awhile.
    Hopefully, I can get back to it in a year or so.
    Car things I have done that will always stick in my mind:
    Take a ride with my Dad in a rail buggy in the Oregon dunes (a Chevy 427 strapped to a truck chassis with seats and a cage). I was about 15.
    Drive an old school dune buggy (girlfriend in high school had one and I use to drive it a lot till her parents sold it).
    Attend a driving school (Skip Barber with Mad Science Junior, and Mrs. Computer Science (my daughter).
    Drive and finish 24 hours of LeMons. Drove twice, finished once. The first race had a race ending "incident" with me at the wheel.
    Rent Quads and drive the dunes in Pismo. The entire Mad Science Sr. clan spent a weekend racing around the dunes. What a hoot!
    Run around the swamps/glades by New Orleans in an Air Boat (with the Science Boys, we got stuck and had a blast).
    Run the Rubicon Trail in my Jeep.
    Cars I've had that were on my list:
    My first car was a '59 bug convertible. 36 hp…going everywhere slow. What a great car for high school.
    The '88 Mustang 5.0 convertible. Crappy build quality, cheep fun. The first new car I ever owned.
    The 3/4 ton '95 Suburban. The best looking, driving and toughest family hauler ever.
    The '93 3rd gen RX-7. Beautiful and scary fast.
    The '68 Mustang GT/CS (California Special). Beautiful and lots of fun.
    My current '04 Rubicon Jeep.
    On the to do list:
    Drive in a rally
    Place in the top 25 at LeMons
    Rebuild an old Porsche 914 or a Datsun 510
    Attend LeMans, WRC Rally event, and Pikes Peak Hill Climb
    On the car list:
    Porsche 914 (6 cylinder)
    '67 Chevelle (the same black one Mad_Science wants)
    Datsun 510 (dang, I had one and sold it)
    55 Chevy (dang, my family had one and sold it)
    Lotus Esprit
    Lotus Elise
    DeTomaso Pantera
    Shelby GT 350

  43. R Henry Avatar
    R Henry

    1929 Ford Model A coupe
    <img src="http://www.tomlaferriere.com/CarsForSale/1929ModelACoupe/1929ModelACoupe%20005.jpg&quot; width="600">
    In 1976, my uncle took me for a ride in his—identical to the photo. I was 9 years old, and I have been an auto enthusiast ever since. It has been sitting in his garage since 1980….I have begged to buy it, but he prefers that it sit under 34 years of dust.

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