What’s worse than waiting for food, sitting with your least favorite cousin who doesn’t like car talk, and doesn’t like Vikings football? Nothing. That’s why we’re here to keep you busy with your nose in your phone this Thanksgiving by checking out all the vehicles we’re thankful for this year. There will be plenty of good ones in here, so make sure your phone is fully charged, your TV set to Vikings football (SKOL) and get ready to see our favorites! New and old we don’t care, we just want to make sure we let everyone know exactly what we’re thankful for this year. So lets kick this off!
After visiting SEMA 2017 I’ve got a bit of an off-road bug that just won’t leave me alone. Maybe it’s my off-road racing roots coming back, but I’ve got to say that I’m very thankful for trophy trucks. Especially the Baja 1000 trucks that ran last week. There is something about blasting through the dunes, going flat out at over 100mph through terrain that almost looks uninhabitable that makes me wish I lived in the desert. I’ve always wanted to get a chance behind the wheel of a trophy truck, so if anyone has a lead, make sure to let me know!
Now that I know how impossible that last dream is, I’d think something a little more realistic is in order. The easy answer would be to say all these amazing cars I’m surrounded by each day, but again that’s just too simple. So I’m going to go out on a limb here and say Alfa Romeo Tipo 33. Why? Because you have eyes right? Just look at it. This and the Ferrari 250 SWB have to be some of the best looking cars ever made. Design styles can still be seen in vehicles of today, which is crazy to think about. How many styles can you say have held up over 50 years? I guess houses still have roofs, but I’ve seen some fashion styles that have come and gone since then!
Performance wagons have always been my favorite genre of car, and nobody does a fast hauler like Audi. 600hp and a 0-60 time of less than 4 seconds would be impressive in any car, but gets even more impressive knowing that engine is tucked into a station wagon. You could bring your family and all of their belongings to the airport in less time than it takes to pack everything into the back. The wagon is so perfect that Audi doesn’t even bother to offer the RS6 in a sedan anymore. Even if it doesn’t exist in the US, I’m thankful it exists at all.
This year, I’m most thankful for the humble Baja Bug, mainly because my wife and I recently bought one, but also because I’ve determined it to be the ultimate Swiss Army Knife of cars. It’s both classic and iconic, is universally loved by everyone from hot-rodders to off-roaders, and it is simply a joy to drive literally everywhere. It’s comfortable and easy to drive around town but it’s also super playful when the roads get twisty. Mix in some gravel and it’s arguably the most fun you can have without coming close to breaking the speed limit. Perhaps more than anything, I’m thankful that I’ve found a car that can show me the joys of driving without risking a speeding ticket.
I’m also thankful for companies like Koenigsegg and Tesla who both pushed boundaries of what anybody previously thought possible, breaking records and taking names. Koenigsegg pushed their Agera RS hyper-mega-super-duper-car to a 277.9 MPH two-way average on a normal stretch Nevada highway. Breaching 284 MPH on one of those runs, the driver made it look effortless. On the other end of the spectrum, I’m thankful for giving us a glimpse of the future and showing us that it isn’t all autonomous pods shuffling people around. Although I’m still skeptical of their claimed performance figures at this point, I love that Tesla is planning on building a 250+ MPH 4-seater that can also go from 0-60 in less than 2 seconds. That’s mighty impressive.