Regardless of how we did with our 2017 resolutions, 2018 gives us a fresh, new start to finally complete those automotive resolutions!
2017 resolution: “Using my vehicles for their intended purposes”
Outcome: My wife and I added two more fun cars to the mix but I’d like to think the time I spent driving them was quality over quantity.
2018 resolution: “Find a place to store everything”
Living in Minneapolis, finding a house with a garage at all can be a challenge. We’re lucky to have a tw0-car garage at our house but since we bought two cars in 2017 without getting rid of anything we already had, we’re feeling a storage squeeze like never before (is this what it used to be like for Adam???). With the addition of a former MHCC 1985 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce that I bought for my wife back in May and a 1970 Baja Bug that she added to the fleet in September, my Porsche got pushed outside until my parents graciously offered up an extra garage spot at their house while they spend the winter in Arizona. I’d complain but I’m just thankful to have a wife that is as truly excited about cars as I am! Things had found their equilibrium but now my parents are planning on selling their house this spring and I need to figure out what to do with our growing fleet and find a Dojo to call my own. So if anyone knows of any warehouse space for sale or rent within a 20-mile radius of Minneapolis, let me know!
2017 resolution: “Finally fix the things on my to-fix list”
Outcome: I was able to fix nothing before my R32 was totaled, so that’s 1 for the universe, 0 for Lauren.
2018 resolution: “Drive ‘em like you stole ‘em”
After losing my R32, I have vowed to drive my vehicles, instead of saving them for the future. We don’t know how long we’ll have with these vehicles before the universe decides we need to move on, so I’m going to load up the miles and the fun! While I kept my R32 completely stock, my new Fahrenheit GLI is ready to be upgraded! For Christmas, I received lowering springs, a new grill, and a tow hook mounting bracket so I don’t ruin my new grill with holes. Come 2018 all these goodies will be installed, and a date with Further Performance will be arranged to get the GLI tuned! I also inherited a 1971 Karmann Ghia from my grandpa, and I can’t wait to take it out again this upcoming year. I’m looking forward to spending 2018 with lots of fun yellow Volkswagens!
2017 resolution: “Obtain 100% operational status at least once in 2017”
Outcome: There was a very brief moment when both 914s and my VW Bus were all running like tops. As they sit in the garage right now, however, each has it’s own list of required winter repairs before they can hit the pavement in the Spring.
2018 resolution: “Involve my kids more in this crazy car obsession”
A big reason I got hooked on cars is because my parents were into cars. I spent much of my childhood crammed into the backseat on adventures to Brainerd, Road America and even Watkins Glen. I want to create similar memories with my kids. It seems they might be getting the bug – it got to a point last summer where my three-year-old daughter would get pissed if we didn’t take the VW bus when we were going places. Needless to say family trips in the VW were regularly enjoyed. That said, I hope to spend even more time with my kids on the road in 2018. More trips in the van are a given, but I also hope to convince “the boss” to let me take my son for runs in the 914. Heck, I might even try to strap one of them into the passenger seat of my track car during a lunchtime touring session at Road America. And of course there’s the camper I’m building — my plan is to have it ready to bring my son to the Indy and World Challenge races at Road America in June. The clock is ticking.
2017 resolution: “Don’t add or subtract any vehicles”
Outcome: “great success” I think I might have actually gotten rid of a motorcycle and the fact that I can’t remember if I did or not is sort of scary.
2018 resolution: “Send it”
Now that I have the perfect offering of a winter car, summer car, and summer motorcycle, I need to drive what I have and continue to be happy. With what I’m fortunate enough to own now (being that my winter beater is most peoples summer ride), I just need to get out and drive. Somedays I’ll be summoned to the Dojo with no escape in sight, and that can limit the amount of time on the open road. Imagine it to be like if you work in the circus, you’re probably not going to want to go to the circus in your free weekend time right? Well, I’m going to go to the circus, and I’m going to make the best of the time that I have to enjoy the true essence of motoring.