At the recent Holley LS Fest West, a friend of mine, Mary Pozzi, stated “Come for the cars, stay for the people” and it really got me thinking about the concept, which is sort of a chicken-or-the-egg deal. Do we develop friendships because we mess with cars or do we do mess with cars as a way of developing friendships? I personally think it’s a bit of both. When I think of all the people I consider friends, well over 90-percent of them are those that share my love of automobile arts. Yeah, when I go to an event like the LS Fest I really enjoy the time driving and tinkering with, my car, but the memories that stand out the most is hanging out with the people that I’ve come to know over the years. I imagine it’s the same for those that attend car shows. If you asked, I’m confident you would find that hanging out with friends at the show is actually more of the draw than the act of polishing and posing their car. Without people to share the experience with the experience would be greatly diminished.
For the most part (hey, there are always exceptions) our hobby attracts a pretty good group of people. All you have to do is look at how car enthusiasts will go out of their way to help a fellow car “guy” who’s in need. When a racer breaks a part it’s the other racers who loan tools, offer up parts, and even help fix the problem. You see this a lot at events like LS Fest and the Optima Series. Yeah, on track they are trying to win, but in the pits the friendships are more important. When a drag racer snaps a bracket at a Super Chevy Show there’s another competitor willing to lend them a portable welder so they can keep racing.
So, it’s the people that make all of this really fun, whether it’s talking smack and bench racing at the track or showing off your latest widgets to your car show buddies. Without people, much of the enjoyment we get from our cars would be gone and we would lose what makes this much more than just a hobby.
Photography by Steven Rupp