The College Kid's Automotive Bucket List, Part 2


In my last post, I started you on your list to car happiness, with my Bucket List, part one, for every college-age car kid.

How many have you knocked off since? None? Well, get to it, because these are the remaining five items on the list:

6. The Autobahn

What's the one thing everyone says about their German car? "Oh yeah, it was built to run on the Autobahn." The limitless highway has gained notoriety throughout the world, and it is up to you to experience the madness at least once in your life. It would be best to use something like an M5 so that your friends can be with you when you hit 175 mph on a public road. 

7. Bonneville

The mecca of speed. The holy land of velocity. For years men have piloted all sorts of insane machines down a dry lake bed in search of setting world records. You don't necessarily have to run anything, you just have to witness the magic. If you doubt there is magic, I suggest watching The World's Fastest Indian. That may help you understand the significance of the Bonneville Salt Flats.

8. The Isle of Man

Hidden in the Irish Sea is this little slice of driving heaven. Much like the Autobahn, the roads outside of the small villages have no speed limits. Unlike the Autobahn, these are real roads with corners, elevation changes and sheep. Wouldn't it be nice to blast down a country road and not have to worry about a traffic cop hiding around each blind bend? You have to experience that at least once in your life.

9. Lap the Nurburgring

The Nurburgring Nordschleife is probably the most significant track in the entire world. Automakers these days torture test their cars on this track to try and get the handling characteristics just right. The testing probably tortures their drivers as well, because this 12.9 mile long track is lovingly called the "green hell" by many. However, saying that you lapped it (under 10 minutes is a plus) is totally worth it. Plus, you might see a test mule making its rounds while you're there.

10. Join the 200 Club

You probably love cars because you love speed. I bet you used to ride your bicycle down the steepest hill in your neighborhood to get going as fast as possible. Imagine the thrill of pushing a car past the 200 mile an hour mark; a mark that took years of engineering to surpass. This goal is getting more attainable by the day, but not any less thrilling.

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