The Road-Tripping Petrolhead is the greatest.
Ok maybe the title is a little biased, and of course the engineering petrolheads that create the cars, and the mechanic petrolheads that keep them running are quite essential for any other type of petrolhead. But, in my opinion, the ultimate way to enjoy cars is on a long road trip where man and machine blends into the scenery that surrounds, and becomes a force of great experiences and memories.
Arguably, the road trip loving petrolhead is one of the broadest types of petrolheads because every kind of car can be road-tripped. Whether it’s a classic, a JDM drift machine, your innocent daily, or a big GT machine, they can all work in their own ways on a long trip. The pictures of the cars in this article (all taken while I’ve been on road trips myself) are a great example of that diversity.
However, sometimes the road-tripping petrolhead is one of the less car interested and more travel focused types, which is different from the other kinds of petrolheads that are more devoted to the car itself. Personally, I find myself leaning more towards the car aspect and not the travel aspect (otherwise I would be posting this on a travel page). Although I may be more of the car type, I would argue that I’m a full-blooded ‘roadtripper’. Waking up at 4am to drive around the empty roads of my city as the sun comes up, or driving several hours to try a random burger place for no good reason are not uncommon things for me. And I love it every time. It’s a great breathing space that allows you to take your mind off the stressful things in your life, but also lets you get to know your car better and whatever locations might be near you.
My point is not to argue that the roadtripping petrolhead is the superior one, but rather encourage everyone to get out and experience their car and the world in an intense manner. There’s so many ways to do it. Find an interesting looking road and plan a day-trip with your friends, or leave your house at 3am alone and enjoy a spirited drive. It doesn’t have to be expensive. You can make it exactly what you want. And not having time is not an excuse, we all need a day to ourselves sometimes. And since you have time to read this article, you must have a few hours to spend on something every now and then.
For me, going on road trips have led to some of my greatest experiences. Just look at my ‘A Day In Heaven’ article which was the result of a bold move that could easily have been awkward, but led to what was probably the best day of my life. Another time I drove a few hours to a Mercedes SL meet-up and without being a member, parked at the end of their line of cars (Yes, it was a dick-move, but I was ready to move my car, which was an SL55, and apologize). My friend that I brought was certain we were getting kicked out when the organizers came up to me, but instead I was asked to move it to a better spot, so it would be a more period correct line-up. I ended up next to an SL73.
Doing things that seem slightly crazy when it comes to road trips can either end very badly or become some of the best moments in your life. But it’s not hard to pick the right turn, just follow your gut and whatever has the best scenery. Good roadtripping!