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.
Photo Credit: Niklas Emmerich Photography
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Suggested By: Hoccy, Photo Credit: Maserati
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.
Suggested By: Everyone, Photo Credit: Cortex Racing