Finally wrapping up my conversation with Paul Volk about why he parted out his award-winning, compound turbo DSM, Paul tells me what he feels has been the best part of being a gearhead.
[bd] Finally, what do you consider the to be the best part of your being a gearhead – where has it made the most impact in your life?
[pv] The best part of being a gearhead is the knowledge and confidence gained along the way. The more you ‘do’ on your own, the more you learn. And the more you learn, then more you ultimately ‘do’. I love that about this hobby. Eventually I got a confidence and a willingness to do literally anything to the car, limited only by my wallet. Nothing seemed overwhelming or confusing at that point, and it’s all just fun and interesting anymore.
This especially held true after learning how to fabricate. This hobby built up my motivation and instilled in me the tools to be a better learner, and that helps in my career field just as next as it will the next time I’m turning a wrench in the garage.
[bd] Is there someplace you’d like people to look for you, moving forward?
[pv] Being that I have somewhat of an on/off relationship with Facebook, I’d say the best place to reach me is still on DSMtuners.com – Username: 99gst_racer. DSMtuners.com has and continues to be the largest and most quality source of DSM information on the web, and even though I am no longer a DSM owner, I still consider that place home.
The machine often proves an extension of the self. At the risk of getting stereotypical, think about the people who drive different types of machines – lifted trucks, stanced sedans, rat rods, exotic hypercars. Not saying you’d never see Larry the Cable guy getting out of a 458 Speciale, or James Bond out of an F-450, but to remind us all how our machines have a way of reflecting our sense of identity. This can make cutting ties with an old project very difficult.
I appreciate Paul taking the time to share a little bit of his experience with us. He’s recouped some of his costs, helped a few other DSMers go a little bit faster, and ensured he’ll never have to see pictures of his old DSM beat up and neglected by some stroke three owners down the line. Cutting ties doesn’t always mean cutting the car up, but it’s often a difficult decision. For some, it means regret, but for others, it’s cathartic, liberating.