Commenter Of The Day: Put Him In The Wall Edition

One of the better, if mostly forgotten, Geico commercials featured "Lauren Wallace" as the cousin, twice removed, of NASCAR driver Mike Wallace. This Max Fischer-esque character may only be nine, but he's got his sights set on Mike Wallace, explaining that, though he'd go fishing with the man, any story with him and Mike end with "me putting him in the wall." This also includes those little remote control boats, in case you were wondering. Unlike the odd little Gecko or tired cavemen, we thought Lauren deserved more screen time. In fact, there was a debate online as to whether or not he was actually related to Wallace (we doubt it). But there's no do DNA test needed to link EvoCS to his son. Nor is there any doubt as to how he wants his kid to turn out.

My boy is 14 months old. We brought him home from the hospital in our Evo. He's "watched" countless F1, ALMS, and Indy car races, along with decent chunks of 2 Le Mans broadcasts. Soon I think I'll start strolling around car shows with him, like it was just a normal, everyday kind of thing. If he's anything like me, this won't matter one bit. My parents didn't do any of that stuff, and here I am, infected with car.

If he's not into it, I would be lying if I said it wouldn't kill me a little bit. But having said that, even though my folks weren't remotely close to the car geek I am today, they certainly didn't discourage my automotive fixation. So, if the boy is more of a sports fiend or is an artsy kid, fine. He's got all my support.

But, he will learn how to drive a manual transmission. That is law in our home.



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Leeeeena the Jalopchick

Congratulations, EvoCS! I wish I had had the privilege of growing up in a home like you are providing for your son. Neither of my parents were particularly into cars, but I managed to get bitten by the bug pretty hard.

I also fully support your mandatory manual-learning. Every single vehicle in my immediate and close extended family is stick, with the exception of my disabled sister-in-law's van, and even she has been known to swipe the keys to my brother's car or my Miata when she's feeling antsy. I really think learning to drive stick should be a mandatory part of getting a driver's license; you don't have to be good at it, but you at least need to know how to do it. Hopefully the desire to continue learning and perfecting will come on its own later.

My dad took me out when I was 12 to teach me how to drive in case of emergencies, and at the time it was just something else I should know, "just in case". It wasn't until years later when I started hanging out with car folks that I starting thinking and caring about perfecting my technique and learning new tricks. I hope your son discovers the love on his own like so many of us on Jalopnik did, and then he can properly appreciate what an awesome dad he has.