It's in the mind (not in the eye)
They say “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. I guess beauty was never really something I considered for my own car. From the start, it was made with only one thing in mind: To be purposeful.
Well, sometimes things happen that change your perspective in life, and the same goes, to us car enthusiasts, for our project cars. For me, having that accident on track about a month and a half ago didn’t shake me that much: I did not become scared of driving, or the track, and I wasn’t too bothered by the fact that it happened. I keep telling this to my friends that indulge in this car life: It’s never a matter of “if”, but always a matter of “when”. If you drive your car hard, accidents are bound to happen.
And although the accident did not shake me, for the past few weeks there was a thought that tormented me. The thought that I could have sent my prized toy to the scrapyard if things had gone terribly wrong. Holding that thought, I spared no time and no expense to get my car restored back to it’s former glory. And here it is now.
Although it looks beautiful with it’s new Cristal White paintwork, the real result from this experience was when it dawned on me that I do not want to risk my car on the track. I will be starting another track project soon and just leaving the MX5 be as it is. It is way too nice, way too valuable, way too precious to be ruined.
For the past 4-and-a-half years I’ve looked at this car as my track toy. Now I look at it, and I see a piece of history that I don’t want lost. I think, after all this time, I finally learned to treasure this car. It is great fun, it is beautiful, and it’s a way of life.
Long live the MX5!
Photos by Gonçalo Bispo Photography