Some of us are parents now, or will be someday!
This morning I drove my daughter to Kindergarten in a Z3M Coupe and as usual our conversation turned to the car. I asked her if she preferred this, or our usual cars, or the Honda racecar. Thought she was going to say the Honda because it's noisy & she likes to hum to the sound of the engine & gearchanges, but she seems to like the leather interior & torque of the M coupe and so today it was the BMW as favourite.
Driving back, I thought about how I became interested in cars (& later on, bikes):
I was always into cars, as my dad was too. At the age of 2 I had a small 6v electric car and always liked going fast (Dad was a fast driver - still is, just not as safe now he's getting old... I said "No" when he wanted to ride the RC!)
He had taken me to his workshop at 12 years old during holidays and I was immersed in exotic cars in various states of restoration, engine work, etc. as I helped the staff with tools they needed, etc.
Later when I was 15, dad gave me a DT175 Yamaha to ride during my holidays on the beach and dirt tracks. It seized a couple of times, so I had to fix it too.
By the time I was 16 I was already really into cars, having begun building a VW based rail buggy in time to get my driver's licence....(Alas recession in UK killed my dad's business and I was given a rusty old BMW 2002 to learn to drive with instead) and so it went on from there...
I think it's important to know how to drive / ride well from a young age if possible...
My daughter already has an electric go-cart, but doesn't seem so keen to play with it any more. Am planning to build a tarmac cart track on our forested land by the time my son is 4 (He's not even 6 months old yet!
) so he can learn to ride Minimotos & drive carts and race his dad too, maybe... Daughter too, if she's into it.
They should be considerably quicker with a weight advantage, LOL.
Generally I see that today few kids are really interested in cars & bikes though. Far less than when I was a kid, as I remember it.
What's changed and what can we do about it?
Would be particularly interested to hear people's stories on how they became good at repairing mechanical things, or how their parents gently introduced them to a lifelong passion for fast toys.
Might be fun to share our experiences and perhaps get ideas of how to influence our kids.
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