I was chatting with a Cadillac owner about his modified DTS at Cars & Coffee Dallas on Saturday when he said something that I found interesting — one of the reasons he wanted to visually modify his Cadillac was so people would recognize that it was a special vehicle with a lot of other nice touches.
Another data point that caught my attention was a Cars & Coffee guide from the Irvine California event:
What makes it “of interest?” How to define “unusual?” You’d get lots of opinions on that. One suggestion we’ve heard is… cars that aren’t driven to work every day. If it’s a car that is driven every day, odds are, it’s not a car that will get people out of bed at 6 a.m. on a Saturday. Of course there will be a few exceptions (we won’t penalize you if you drive your Talbot-Lotus to work), but that can be a general guide. […] We’re all about interesting AND unusual cars
And finally, during a chat with Charlie from burnoutradio.com he mentioned that one car show had the rule that a car needed to have customizations in 3 separate areas — one engine, one exhaust, and one interior for example — to qualify to enter the show.
Now, I had mixed feelings about my STS-V and Cars & Coffee. I enjoy going regardless, but I was not sure if I wanted to “display” the V or just park to the side and enjoy seeing the other cars there. I ended up pulling in and parking out of the way, but with the STS-V ready to show. Luckily Emily and Charlie parked their STS-V next to mine, so we instantly had a Cadillac area and that settled that.
A lot of car guys love cars, but they can’t afford a hobby car that they can drive to work every day. Either they have a long commute, or the interesting, fun, hobby car can’t live up to usage as a daily driver. So they drive a small pickup or boring economy car every day, when they wish they could be in their fun car.
I am lucky in that my 2008 Cadillac STS-V is a fun car and my daily driver. It is actually quite a bit more rare, with less than 500 produced, interesting, and a better performer than many of the cars shown at C&C Dallas.
In fact, that is one of the reasons I decided to purchase a Cadillac V-Series — Cadillac is producing the V-Series as road and track performers for automotive enthusiasts. Since I *am* a ‘car guy’ & automotive enthusiast, and a Cadillac fan, the V-Series is the right fit for me.
I don’t care where I park at C&C, although I was hoping and managed to meet & discuss Cadillacs with other Cadillac fans. I will say that people did stroll over to look at the STS-Vs and I had some nice chats about the V-Series Cadillacs.
I am thrilled I get to drive an ‘Interesting Car’ every day. I wish everyone did, and that the roads were full of interesting cars.
What do you think? What makes an automobile “Interesting”?