Originally Posted by WarrantyTracker
Yep, I care. I am what I am, just as much as anybody who says "drive what you want and screw the haters." Part of being what I am means I will make reasonable efforts to avoid coming off like a douchebag, for which I don't apologize. This is a car-conservative community and a guy tooling around town in a 911 looks like he's compensating for some other tool issues. A guy in an M3 looks like just another of the zillion 3 series we have.
If you live in a community where you don't come off like a douchebag, more power to you. I understand they exist. Or if you like being a douchebag, that's a side issue.
At the track here, 911s are totally worshiped, with good reason. And there is a whole set of guys a generation older than me who seems to show up in C5s. But at this point in my training, they would be totally wasted on me. Maybe someday. A guy can dream.
I also try not to care what other people think, but if I'm honest, I do care some.
In general, I do my best to be a humble guy. My wife and I have been blessed in life, and make more than most people in both of our families, and in our group of friends. We have a nice house, but it's not extravagant. I'm on the frugal side, so I don't spend a lot on clothes, don't wear a watch, etc.
I guess my greatest concern was whether my family would think it was a wasteful way to spend my money. Anyway, they were all really happy for me, if a bit shocked by it, but since I've had it, I've been able to let my dad and almost all my siblings drive it - sharing the enjoyment I get from it with them has been great. Also, I think taking it to the track and on long road trips makes it pretty clear to them and our friends that this is one of my passions - that it's more about the experience than just having another nice possession.
I'll dream with you about having a Porsche one day (it's in my blood; my dad actually had a 356B Super 90 when he was young and single).