Rebuilding the beast

In ‘Tail of the Dragon‘ Rick Stevens rebuilds his Pontiac Firebird. Instead of just buying a new car, he guts out his old machine and installs new technology under the hood. One of the reasons for this is that cars can hold a sort of spirit about them. After a few bumps and bruises, a minor wreck or a major service, you still feel a connection to your old machine. You might have to hold the ignition a bit longer while you pump the gas pedal, or there might be a funny way you have to jiggle the indicator switch to turn on your headlights. Each car develops a spirit over time, and that can be the difference between a machine and a real beast under your feet.

For all your petrol or gear heads, you’ll know of Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson, who has been with the show in its various formats for the last two decades. In this one on one interview, he speaks of the passion behind motoring, and the difference between supreme engineering, and motoring soul.

What has been your favorite car over the years? And when was the last time you went out for a good long drive?

firebird dreams

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