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What's on Your Automotive Bucket List?

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The bucket list is a well-traveled genre, appealing and customizable across the board for preteen girls and grown-ass adults alike. Don’t act like you haven’t longingly sighed, “shit, I’d really like to do that before I die” because we have all done it. All of us.


I want to know what’s on your automotive bucket list. Is there a car you’d love to restore? Something you one hundred percent need to drive before you die? Or is it a race you’d kill to finally get to attend? I’m here for it all. I know you guys have some weird stuff you want to do, and I want to hear it.

Personally, I have a lot. I’m dying to compete in a rally event with a car I outfitted myself. Once I upgrade my Mazda 2 for a car with, y’know, larger tires, I’d love to convert that bad boy to a rally car. Would I win? Hell no. Would I have the goddamn time of my life? Oh baby yes. Other than that, I would very much like to drive the Nürburgring. I don’t even care what I drive. A freakin’ school bus? I’ll drive it. Nothing is off limits.


Lay ‘em on me, folks! Let’s throw together the ultimate automotive bucket list.

Weekends at Jalopnik. Managing editor at A Girl's Guide to Cars. Lead IndyCar writer and assistant editor at Frontstretch. Novelist. Motorsport fanatic.

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Keaton Belliston

To drive a car with a manual transmission again! I’m paralyzed from the chest down but I’m working on building a set of hand controls that will allow me to do so in an efficient manner! I can currently drive a slushbox but that 4-speed in my Integra isn’t good at anything. Not autocross, the freeway, gas mileage, burnout, upshifts, downshifts, etc.

(I’ve seen other setups for m/t buttons on levers like ChairSlayer’s, but my setup would allow you to throttle/brake while keeping both hands on the wheel and still shift via the OEM h-pattern shifter!)