What makes someone a car person?
I mis-judged the Hagerty Community’s reaction to my last question, but I don’t plan on making the same mistake twice. Hope springs eternal, and some questions transcend the physical, personal, and generational boundaries we place upon them. One such question stems from the series of attributes someone must possess to be a “car person”—without bias regarding the type of car, the vehicle’s location, or any other preconceived notion we might build up around this individual.
It doesn’t matter who you are, where you’re from, when you were born, or whether you live in a car-centric community: I reckon you have an idea of how to separate a car person from a mere motorist. Let’s stop beating around the bush and ask it: What makes someone a car person? What are your minimum requirements?
Here are a few of my criteria, in no particular order:
- Have an interest in racing/fixing/modifying cars
- Interact with other enthusiasts without gates and ladders
- Teach others what they learned, while actively listening to maintain relevance with the audience*
- Driving their car for a reason beyond transportation
I think these attributes ensure someone is passionate about automobiles. I would certainly like to hang out with such a person for a few minutes at a car show. Who knows, maybe this person is worth inviting over to your shop to help and/or teach them something about cars? No matter, let’s ask that question one final time: What makes someone a car person?
*What’s that phrase about having two ears and one mouth? That also applies to car enthusiasts, as audiences are as diverse as the automobiles made in the last 50 years or so. Not every audience understands carburetors, but they absolutely understand the need to meter fuel. Or the need to find oversteer more entertaining than understeer. Ya know, the big-picture stuff that brings us all together!