It was a rainy saturday morning. I had just dropped-off my wife at her appointment and told her that I would take a quick trip to the local car show. Of course, knowing how obsessed I am with cars, she thought I was making a joke, gave a gentle laugh, and waved me off.
As I merrily drove along the wet roads, I thought about how the timing could not be better. Because of the monsoon rains and the fact that I would be arriving at such an odd hour, it meant that parking would not be a problem, the crowd would be thin and I could linger around each display as long as I like. When I got there, it was as I thought it would be… A slice of motoring heaven.
Inside the exhibition hall the automotive works of art were gleaming in the light. It was an amazing sight. Standing by the entrance, I surveyed the layout of the show and decided that the best route was to go in a counter-clockwise direction before slicing across each of the aisles (there is a method to fully appreciate these annual exhibits).
My decision to take the route was immediately rewarded by the presence of this silver 1974 BMW 2002 Turbo (Please pardon the electrical cables. There was a bikini clad model standing there but she was blocking the car so I asked her to move). It is beautiful. Yes, there were more exotic and rarer cars on display such as an angry 1976 Lancia Stratos, a very sublime 1956 Mercedes Benz 300 SL “Gullwing”, an extremely elegant 1966 Ferrari 330 GT, a rare 1967 Toyota 2000 GT, and a playful Porsche 356C. But, for some reason, it was the BMW that I was drawn to.
This car is cool. The silver paintwork is immaculate. The BBS wheel and tire combo nestled inside the fender flares gives off such a macho vibe. The black leather interior is well-made and the livery gives the car that extra dash of color. It is like a bespoke, slim cut, Paul Smith suit. I imagine myself in the car, driving at a reasonably quick clip, up and down the winding back roads of Subic. Or, if I want to be a hooligan about it, blasting full-throttle down McKinley Road at 2am and having so much fun that I turn around and have a go in the other direction.
I want to own this car so much that it makes my insides hurt.