I haven’t driven my Mercedes-Benz in a bit. The Charge Indicator light that glowed as I leaned into the throttle foretold of an impending stranding by way of an empty battery. That issue is now fixed with a fresh alternator though, so I decided to drive the Benz while I ran some errands. I opted for the usually empty California toll roads to get around. The weather was just right for window-down motoring, which is good in a car with a non-functioning A/C system. The audio system works just fine though, and I let it crank out the watts.
Cruising along like this is one of my favorite ways to experience any vehicle. Yes, the 9/10 stuff on a race track is great. Ripping across dusty trails in Mexico is bucket list stuff. Supercars on empty stretches of road are wonderful. But an old car with proper musical accompaniment is essentially my favorite type of driving.
It’s you, your machine, and your favorite songs.
I enjoy the other stuff. In fact, I look forward to it. But breaking it up with slower moments is great way to provide end caps to these more intense moments. What are some of your favorite driving experiences? Is it cruising to a car show early on a Saturday morning? The first drive after you finish wrenching on something? Or do you simply live for the race track, and every thing else is just the space between being filled?