My goal this year is not to be killed in a fiery crash. Others have more ambitious plans. Here are Jalopnik readers' ten best automotive resolutions. May your new year be filled with tire smoke and motor oil.
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10.) Make a pilgrimage
Suggested By: rossmarshall21m
This year I'll… …get down to Austin next November for my first F1 race. Lord willing.
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9.) Learn to wrench
Suggested By: Jack Trade
This year I'll… …do at least one new repair I've never done before.
This past year's highlight was getting to (intimately) know drum brakes on VWs. A real pain in the ass, gunk under my fingernails for weeks, but I learned a lot, fixed a nasty squeal, and felt like I'd, if momentarily, countered the entropy of the universe.
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8.) Be an awesome dad
Suggested By: armatar
This year I'll… …rent, maybe even buy, an old beater with a manual gearbox, and teach my sons how to drive a stick.
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7.) Keep the old car running
Suggested By: 87CE 95PV Type Я says HAPPY NEW YEAR
This year I'll… …keep Sandy the Voyager going even beyond her 18th birthday which is this coming August. If I get a job in California I intend to drive her there all the way from New York.
PLANNED OBSOLESCENCE BE DAMNED!
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6.) Really learn to drive
Suggested By: BrtStlnd
This year I'll… …go to do the 3 day Dirtfish Rally School.
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5.) Restore the Family classic
Suggested By: Chris Gladbach- #77
This year I'll… …start the restoration of our family's '53 Hudson. It's been bugging me for years, and I figure I might as well get it out of the way.
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4.) Better than Forza
Suggested By: ncasolo
This year I'll… …turn laps in anger on a race track. I've done enough sim racing I have to find a way on track even if it is a LeMons race.
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3.) Thrill of the road
Suggested By: cobrajoe
This year I'll… …get out and drive more often, just for the fun of it.
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2.) Buy a classic, damn the bureaucracy
Suggested By: R.E.D.64
This year I'll… … keep a Classic Muscle Car alive by using it as a daily driver. I'm still on the planning stages, like looking for a suitable car and clearing all the red tape to import it to Brazil, but this is definitely happening because I managed to get into a Federal (read: free) College.
With the money I saved on that, I have more than enough cash to buy a nice, smooth and straight Chevy Nova and keep it fueled for a while.
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1.) Run what you brung
Suggested By: 472CID
This year I'll… …autocross my Deville!