What Happened to Sports Cars?

Today is the Super Bowl and readership will most likely be down for most people will be spending the day reliving every game since Christ was a corporeal…….ergo I have chosen a topic that will not be that important to anyone but me……..

I have been accused, mostly by my daughter, as being a hermit or a vampire because I spend many hours reading news and analyzing the stuff I read….she thinks that I spend way too much time locked in my “war room” and that I need to get out more or find a hobby that will give me a break from my passion.

All this is well and good……but the only other passion I have is auto racing……formula one and sports cars and a little rallye…..NASCAR is just too boring for words….it consist of driving fast and turning left….so I have decided to write about my other passion……..auto racing.

Since the 1960’s I have been a Ferrari fan…..mostly from my fave driver in those days….Wolfgang “Taffy” von Trips who drove the red machine in formula one….he was killed in 1961 at the Italian Gran Prix in Monza…..

This first post is about today’s sports cars….all 800+ HP and speeds of 200+ mph…..why?  Just where would one drive this car to push it to these limits?  The emphasis is on a computer to all the work for the driver…..where is that enjoyable?

Back in the day I enjoyed driving so much….the power, the sliding, the shifting, the whole ball of fun….but today’s cars do all the thinking for the driver with traction control,the paddle shifting, etc…….the driver basically has to steer the car and the computer will do all the other thinking….that is NOT fun or fulfilling…..at least to me.

Then there are the cars themselves….today most of them have similar appearances in the body…….back when I was trying it you could look at the field and know who made the car and the model that went by…..today you need a program to explain the cars to you…..where is that enjoyable?

Back then cars were cars…….like the Lotus, Ferrari, Maserati, Triumph, TVR, Fiat, even the US has some cool cars like the Cheetah, Ford GT40……….. that had their own development teams…..now the cars are a mongrel vehicle……with a Mercedes engine and a body by Abarth and the chassis from a Renault Clio……on and on……

Today it is all about the technology and less about the art of driving and for that I have lost my passion for today’s cars…..I will remain a vintage sports car person…….I am too damn old to enjoy participating in races but I will watch it whenever the chance arrives….there is always thePS3 and a racing game to lull away the hours…….but it is just not the same as feeling the car respond to your every move………(HEAVY SIGH)………

Have a great weekend……I will return to form on Monday!