“Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” That line by Tennyson is one of the more famous lines of poetry because it’s one that many can relate to. It seems like everyone knows the feeling of loss, whether it be a person, pet or prized possession, we all have had something in our lives leave us. As silly as it may sound to non car enthusiasts, a car can be that special something that pains us when it finally leaves.
We, as BMW fans, are especially familiar with the bond between man and machine. BMWs are some of the most communicative and rewarding cars to drive. So much so that after owning one for many years, it can become personified in your eyes. BMWs tend to take on a personality of their own. This is especially true in older models, not because the newer models aren’t able to connect, but because an older model tends to need far more of your TLC to keep going. Having to fix things and take care of it only strengthens the bond between man and machine, because it took your blood and sweat to keep it going.
It’s a sad day when the cars we’ve worked so hard for and on, the cars that we’ve built relationships with and had unforgettable memories in, must leave us. Cars aren’t just boxes of metal and rubber, they have personalities. People who aren’t car enthusiasts always balk at that statement. Jeremy Clarkson once said “People like you or I know, we have an unshakable belief that cars are living entities. You can develop a relationship with a car. And that’s just what non-car people don’t get.” Truer words have never been spoken.
But just like every other living entity, cars will eventually die out. They can only go for so long before they eventually stop working. They can be repaired, obviously, but sometimes the repairs are so extensive and costly, that it isn’t worth doing. So they’ve got to go. So what is the car that you loved the most, but had to let go of for whatever reason?
Most of us probably have a story, so tell it here.