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From the April issue of 2022 Car and driver.

The other day a friend sent me a photo of an odometer that showed 100,000.0 miles. The big deal, you think – these days 100,000 miles – is mostly a run-in period. But this one was notable because the odometer belongs to the 2017 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350, bought new in January 2018 and launched as perhaps the only suburban car in the southeast with a red line of 8,250 rpm and a connecting rod. . Its owner, Meares Hayes, ran a waste collection business and used the GT350 to visit offices across South Carolina, occasionally traveling to Dragon’s Tail, gaining big miles on a car that many owners find too valuable to actually drive. “I didn’t plan to ride it that much, but I just fell in love with it,” he tells me. “It’s the only car I’ve ever had that every day when I approach it, I think, ‘It’s a stunning car.’ A cold start in the morning is a great way to start your day. ” This guy is doing it right.

As for those of you who have beautiful cars wrapped in plastic in a climate shelter, you deserve public shame for your pathetic mileage, your pointless car stock at work. . . what Eternal perfection? A financial reward? Do you think that Buick GNX is a good conversation in your perfect garage? Probably so! But you still have to manage it.

The car with time deformation is a cliché at auction. So some dude bought a new IROC Camaro in 1985 and just looked at it until he died, and now it’s going to sell for $ 50,000? Great deal. These high selling prices without mileage almost never represent a real financial gain. But other than that, museum cars are just boring: here’s a fun car that never had fun. At the time I sold it, my IROC had a mileage of 125,000 miles, and he lived the life the Camaro was supposed to live – blue lights always in the rearview mirror, solid tones of Warrant rattling on the blinds on the rear window, tires constantly frying on on the verge of racing status. I believe that every capsule of Camaro time should be given to a 16-year-old teenager who travels at least 15,000 miles a year. My proposal is under consideration at the Gates Foundation.

“But Ez, aren’t some cars too rare and valuable to take risks on public roads?” Shut up, Daddy Cameron Ferris Buhler’s day off. I spent some spring break in college with my friend Shezad’s aunt and uncle in Florida. The first time their garage door opened, my eyes fell out of my head. There were three Lamborghini (Diablo, Countach and LM002), a Ferrari Testarossa, a Bentley Turbo R. But the car that really fascinated me was the Ferrari F40. Shezad’s uncle, Dr. Nasir Khalidi, rode a 27-mile loop on it in the weeks when he did not ride it to Sebrin, eventually driving about 11,000 miles on it. Towards the end of the week he rode me on the F40. A trip at 110 miles per hour helped to erase the notion that any car could be too sparse to beat, as intended by its manufacturers.

And while regular travel can reveal hidden problems, not driving can be just as bad. Dr. Khalidi died a few years ago, and the F40 is now in the hands of his son Navid – or rather, at a local dealer, where he is broken into pieces, getting a careful setup. “They tell me I had to ride it more often,” Navid says. This is his plan as soon as it comes back into action. I offered to help because I’m such a guy.

The Heustess GT350 has hardly cooled in the last four years, and it only needed an evaporator, tires and new batteries for the keychain. I wonder if maybe he was thinking about crediting those 100,000 miles of Shelby with no problems as winning, cashing out his chips and getting something less strong. “Damn, it’s a Mustang,” he says. – I will go.

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