Ten Automotive New Year's Resolutions

This is the year it all finally happens. This is the year where we cross the trips off the bucket list and get the project car running. This is the year that has Jalopnik readers delivering on their promise "next year, in Monaco!"

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It seems like automotive New Year's resolutions are the only resolutions we keep. Who really needs to go to the gym anyway, when you can work out wrenching on a project car, or driving with no A/C or power steering?

Of course this isn't the first year we've made these resolutions. Last year we resolved to buy a classic car, damn the bureaucracy. Today Matt has a busted Merkur in the garage and I'm headed to get a very questionable $1,500 '73 VW Baja Bug inspected in Manhattan. We've kept up our resolutions, then. What about you guys?

If you made a resolution that we missed, or if you finished one from last year, let us know in Kinja below.

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Ten Automotive New Year's Resolutions

10.) Learn To Drive Stick

Don't let anyone tell you you're not a real gearhead if you don't use three pedals, but you should learn how to use a clutch anyway. It's just fun to have it at your disposal, and while it's never as fast, there's something satisfying about slotting in a perfect shift, or just clinching a perfect heel-toe downshift. Don't worry, we'll show you how.

Suggested By: Sun_Tzubaru and Therealminigearhead, Photo Credit: Garret Voight


Ten Automotive New Year's Resolutions

9.) Get A Motorcycle License

For some reason, even our own Patrick George is going to get his bike license and enter the world of #TwoWheelsBad. We look forward to seeing his accident photos, and remind him over every set of stitches when he talks lane splitting and back roads bombing.

Suggested By: Patrick George, Photo Credit: Madhavi Kuram


Ten Automotive New Year's Resolutions

8.) Tune The Daily Driver

We at Jalopnik love ourselves some oddball cars, and it's going to take everything in our power to keep them from becoming beaters. Vacuum leaks need fixing, brakes need upgrading, suspension needs dropping, and engines need rebuilding. The list never ends.

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Ten Automotive New Year's Resolutions

7.) Get On The Track

It's time to get off the road and onto the track this year. We're talking more karting, more trackdays, and finally, finally get ourselves in the seat in LeMons. Definitely LeMons. We love the backroads as much as the next guy, but there's nothing like wheel-to-wheel road racing, even if it's in a rusty Honda Civic deathtrap.

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Ten Automotive New Year's Resolutions

6.) Impress At My First USF2000 Test

There are those among us that already have plenty of track time under their belts, and eharken123 is even working his way up the pro ladder. We're behind him 100%.

I want to finish what will hopefully be my last year of karting with a bang, and impress Afterburner Autosport, at my first USF2000 test. Look out Indy here I come!

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Ten Automotive New Year's Resolutions

5.) Head To Monaco

It's time to start crossing trips off the life list. We've got a whole list of ultimate trips to take, but DJHerbert is headed to the carspotting capital of the world, Monaco. We're pretty jealous.

Suggested By: DJHerbert, Photo Credit: Alexandre Prévot


Ten Automotive New Year's Resolutions

4.) Go To The Races

It's simple; you've gotta get to a race track. Much as we dream of faraway places, there's so much car culture happening within our reach. We at the Jalopnik offices made it to the Canadian Grand Prix, the US Grand Prix, and a half dozen other tracks down in the Lone Star State, and every experience was eye-openingly awesome. Even if you're not racing, get yourself to the nearest drag strip, road course, or rally route and get involved.

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Ten Automotive New Year's Resolutions

3.) Road Trip More

All we want to do, really, is drive more. It almost doesn't matter where you're going, it just about enjoying the thrill of the road. We can't say it enough; just get in your car and drive.

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Ten Automotive New Year's Resolutions

2.) Buy My Dream Car

This year we bite the bullet; this year we buy our dream car. It doesn't have to be a new car at all (not that we would turn away a VW Phaeton or a Mazdaspeed3 or anything), but it's time we stop talking about the cars of our dreams and just buy them. Our readers have plans to buy a deuce coupe, a Saab Turbo, a Plymouth Superbird (so long as that lottery ticket is a winner), and a Maserati BiTurbo. Yes, even a Maserati BiTurbo.

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Ten Automotive New Year's Resolutions

1.) Finish The Project Car

Of course, there are those among us who resolved to buy their dream cars in years past, and now they are saddled with fixing their totally-unjustifiable four-wheeled paperweights. We have British sports cars, classic American land yachts, a vintage muscle truck, dedicated autocross machines, and one particularly hot ‘65 Mustang that we can't wait to see on the road.

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