[bd] It’s been a few years since we last spoke. Yours is the most-viewed story of all time on our site. And yet, I hear you’re parting the car and getting out. Why is that? How have your automotive interests changed since 2011?
[pv] Very cool to hear of the popularity of my last interview, and I’m glad to be back. And yes, the partout did happen. It was a combination of several things leading up to it, but most notably it was the coming to terms of the financial aspect of it all.
As we all know, this is a very expensive hobby. And for the last decade, this hobby pretty much controlled my time and finances, which was OK because it was what I wanted to do during that time. But now I know there are other things I want to do in life, and the time and money just isn’t there for it all. Something needed to change, and getting rid of my DSM was the change that made the most sense.
I’ve been tinkering with this car for 12 years, so as you could imagine, there was a lot of denial and a lot of time involved in coming to this conclusion. But I still work in the automotive industry and I do still have a strong general interest in it, so my automotive interests really haven’t changed much. I’m sure I’ll dive into another complicated automotive project again sometime long down the road. More than likely something other than a DSM though.
[bd] You told me you’d originally planned to quietly exit the scene and not make a big deal of it. Frankly, I don’t see this as making a big deal of it, because plenty of us struggle with the evolution of our interests over time. Considering how much the car meant to you for so long, why not make a big deal of it?
[pv] I’m generally a quiet, shy, and reserved type of person, and I avoid the spotlight. And people give up hobbies and part out cars all the time.
Some love the attention that it brings and for others, it’s all business. I guess I just got to the point with my car that it didn’t mean so much to be anymore and I was so ready to be done with it. By the time the partout started, it really wasn’t a big deal to me anymore. And I liked that feeling. It made it really easy and made me feel like I made a good decision. No regrets!
To be continued…
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