There have been plenty of times in my life that I can look back and just shake my head in disgust and confusion. Of course, many of those times can be chalked up to life experience, like learning not to pick up guys at dive bars. Some of those incidences are mandatory to produce a well-rounded adult, however; some of those situations that we get ourselves into can give us more education and wisdom than any book or instructor ever could.
Having just spent the Monterey auction/car-show/race week on my Triumph Thruxton, I can vouch for the advantage of two wheels in what is essentially an extended period of highway gridlock. The California law enabling motorcycles to “split lanes” in stationary traffic means that you never really get stuck, just slowed down.
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I don’t need some guy who looks like Newt Gingrich telling me that I can’t drive my car the way I want to—and where I want to. I especially don’t need some lady who looks like Wilma Flintstone telling me that I’m the reason our grandchildren aren’t going to have fresh air to breathe. We live in an amazing country, a country full of opportunities, options, and outlandish—sometimes overwhelming—luxury. We enjoy a land of freedom, enterprise, and open roads. Who has the right to tell me when and where and how I can drive my car?
I was having lunch with old friends, talking about the Monterey Motorsport Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, and a lifelong race fan said to me, “Is there some way you could tell the guys who own the cars now that it’s not about them?” He added that Elmo Watson may own West Texas’ biggest pizza chain, but nobody is going to care that Elmo’s driving an ex-David Pearson Daytona 500 car unless he’s as fast as David Pearson.