I know cars are at least
somewhat anathema to this board, but I have to think there's more than a few people here who are bona fide car nuts like me just because. And in that spirit, today I drove behind a R33 Skyline GTR for 15 miles and it kicked ass and that's my story, the end.
Believe it or not, but I take a good amount of car photos (especially now that the weather's getting nicer) and if y'all want I can share what I spy more frequently! Or if nobody here cares because this is a board about urbanism and personal vehicles are the enemy of good urban design, then I can kindly fuck off with this kind of stuff too
When it comes to cars and cities, I always think of something I heard Jay Leno say once that goes a little like this: Back in the old days before cars, horses were widely used for day-to-day transportation needs. The horses were underfed, overworked, and abused, and they lived miserable lives laboring all day. They also dropped horse shit all over the place, and city streets were disgusting messes of manure mixed with rainwater filling up gutters and requiring raised sidewalks to be built as platforms above the putrid brown runoff. Then when new modes of transport came along (streetcars and then cars), horses were relieved of their duties as day-to-day transportation. They then moved out of cities back to areas closer to their natural habitats, and they were no longer bred in the same numbers just to provide people with transportation. But they didn't go extinct! Today people enjoy and appreciate horses as the beautiful creatures they are, and horses live way happier lives than they used to when they were "needed." Just as horses being a required necessity for every day life was not a happy state for horses, so is it neither for cars.
People who appreciate cars don't appreciate them for commuting and traffic and parking and day-to-day errands, we appreciate them for their design and elegance and capabilities (including the freedom they provide) outside of the urban environment. I'd love a world designed such that nobody has
to drive every day just to function in society, but where people still can
drive when they actually want to in areas better suited for cars to do their thing. So I really don't see any tension between wanting urban areas to be designed not
for cars first, but still appreciating cars for what they are.
Your R33 Skyline GTR really is a great example of this. Nobody who owns or drives or appreciates that car wants to use it as a daily driver for their year-round commute. They don't see it as a means of getting from point a to point b, they see it as a beautiful creation to be appreciated in and of itself. I want a world where every car can live a life like that R33 Skyline GTR probably does.
I also love cars and love driving, but also love that my city allows me to go about my day-to-day life without needing to drive out of necessity. So I'm all for car pics, but not for traffic pics.