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Although the appliance-like reliability of the current automotive fleet is a genuine cause for celebration, it has one unfortunate side effect. Because working on cars is no longer common, very few gearheads are being created.

I have no desire to own another one, but I have come to appreciate the time that I owned a pair of Triumphs GT6es. It took two to make one of them run. I spent about the same amount of time working on them and driving them. They made driving a real adventure, and I grew to enjoy the absurdity of it. Every time that I actually got to where I was going, I felt like jumping out of the car, raising my arms, and yelling "Yes! I made it!"

These days, cars can be used as transportation appliances. How many motoring enthusiasts will be left when the age of the self-driving car dawns? That day is just around the corner.

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