Death & Taxes. They say those are the only certainties in life. I don’t know who they are, but I think we can add one more thing to the list – uncertainty. Life is pretty good at serving up surprises, ya know? I think every gearhead thinks about stuff like this from time to time. (I know I have!) So I’m going to start sharing my own adventures here on Gearbox.
Change #1: New Project!
Real gearheads appreciate all kinds of vehicles. From time to time, we change things up. When we do, we have to apply all the things we learned to new situations. I just sold my 1992 Mitsubishi Galant VR4 (the second of two) in order to make room for a 1989 Dodge Raider (aka: Gen I Mitsubishi Montero/Pajero). I’m making the move from stage-rally-inspired car to rally RAID-inspired truck.
What do you mean “crawler gears?”
Change #2: New Gearhead!
I just found out this week that I’m going to be a father. Will the would-be rally car in the garage ever be finished? How will I continue to play with cars with another mouth to feed in the house? What if it’s a girl? (Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but being a guy, it’s only natural to wonder if a little girl will want to play cars with her dad one day.)
Can children be modified?
Change #3: GBXM European Tour 2012
In June, Vanessa and I will be spending a week and a half in Europe. We’ve been saving for this trip for some time and it’s going to be thick with international gearhead stuff. We’re organizing a number of meet-n-greets in the London area, driving to The Netherlands to meet GBXM co-owner, Dennis DeJong, in person for the first time, and wrapping up our trip camping near Berlin at the largest Mitsubishi meets in Germany.
Where can I rent Mitsubishis in the UK?
The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing. All of this was, to some extent, planned, but there was no certainty any of it would happen – let alone all at once like this. I’m still trying to wrap my head around all of it, but in the coming months, I’m going to be sharing my experiences with all of this; from figuring out how to maintain and modify a new vehicle, to how to prepare for a Mini Me around the house, to planning car meets and such on the other side of the planet.
Hope you’ll come along for the ride. I can’t be the only one out there in this situation right now.
- Any advice for a car guy getting into off-roading, eventually looking at overland expeditions?
- How does the car hobby change when you have your first kid?
- Seriously. Where can I get a Mitsubishi to drive for 10 days in the UK in June?