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What does a car-enthused lifestyle look like?

Petrolicious shows us this incredible period-correct modified Mercedes 190 SL

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Ferrari 488 and Alfa Giulia QV spotted in West Hartford, CT

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Here’s a nice combo spot. Both are Italian, both are white, and both are turbocharged monstrosities. The 488, in particular, was quite loud, definitely modified. This is why we sat outside for lunch and it paid off.

-Nick

Jay Leno Drive’s 1972 Dino Monza 3.6 Evo (Think Singer 911 for Ferraris)

It’s a Dino that’s been totally overhauled, and under the hood is a naturally aspirated version of the V8 from the F40, bored out to 3.6L, making around 400hp.

This really is the stuff dreams are made of…. and I’m talking the wettest kind.7

-Nick

Miata Meditation

Miata Meditation

I’ve owned my Miata Club Edition for two years now, and I’m still absolutely in love with it. That said, I have often thought back to why I didn’t get one of the faster, maybe more impressive cars I was considering at the time (Corvette, M3, Cayman, etc). I remember it was a feeling, a sense of calm rather than excitement or lust. It resonated so clearly with the personal journey I had been on that it seemed just right.

Moderation. Not abstinence, nor indulgence. That was one of the main philosophies of the Buddha, at least as I’ve come to understand. Many may find it odd that I apply Buddhist philosophy to my own pursuit of material pleasures, but for a car enthusiast it is a way of life. I’m not over here trying to be a monk, giving up all material things. I’m a real man with my share of hypocritical beliefs and practices, and I actually quite enjoy being afflicted with desire. Sure, it brings with it pain and anxiety, but it also makes life interesting. Like sitting on the tip of a pin, you feel very alive despite the side effects.

The key is to also be mindful, so you don’t take things too far and find yourself consumed to the very core with material interests. You have to keep these things in context with the experience you’re looking to have in life. I never want to be one of those people who can’t be happy no matter how far they go or how high they climb. What’s the point of all that if you’re going to die miserable anyway? Learning to embrace “what is” is just as important as focusing on “what could be.” Both are important to me, so I try and share my focus between each.

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