Leisure driving as a popular pastime and living tradition spans over one hundred years. So too does the pastime of finding and selecting the right car that expresses one’s inner vitality. But even after the best car salesman emancipates a customer from total reliance on guesswork, even after the decision to buy, the customer still seeks to make his new car unique by adding accessories.
Rudyard Kipling wrote a long poem about a self-made man who worshipped his creator. Sir Anthony Gloster, a shipping tycoon, reviews his life on his deathbed for the benefit of his son: “They copied all they could follow, but they couldn’t copy my mind; And I left ‘em sweating and stealing, a year and a half behind.”
Serious car collectors cringe at the thought of driving a mass-produced car in the midst of the squalor of popular taste.–M.S.T.