When I was a teenager just beginning to enjoy the thrills of car ownership a big part of the experience was hanging out with other car guys. An even bigger part was driving! When a bunch of guys got together to pile into a car for a trip to the burger joint or a cruise down to the “loop” to look for girls there was one ritual that was always present….”Calling Shotgun”! That was the prize everyone wanted. By calling Shotgun you were reserving the front seat passenger side for your own personal throne. Those slow minions who didn’t make the appropriate claim on the front passenger seat were relegated to the “kids seat” in back.
Obviously, the coolest seat was behind the wheel but next to driving sitting Shotgun was the best, you were the “wing man”; you were cool.
Well, Ridding Shotgun is back, but different. We will be calling Shotgun for cars you want to ride in and bringing you information you want and need to know. We are introducing a new regular Feature with this Post. It is called, obviously, “Ridding Shotgun”. We will get you up close and personal with some very special cars, cars like you might want to buy. Ridding Shotgun is all about talking to people about their cars; taking a ride in them and finding out what you should look for if you wanted to purchase one like it.
If you have ever purchased a collector car without doing your homework you most likely got a real education as soon as you got the car home. It seems every brand and model of car is unique and has special problem areas that you should be aware of before making that big purchase.
If you are looking to purchase a collector car but have limited experience in driving different collector cars you might be wise to take someone along with you to also drive the car. One restored car might drive like a brand new car and another similar car of lessor quality may look just as good but drive terribly. Is it a big problem with the frame or suspension or simply a car in need of some minor tweaks? We will show you some examples.
In our Ridding Shotgun Posts we will help you pick a car that is right for you and one that won’t make you sick and your checkbook empty once you get it home.
Ridding Shotgun will include vido of the cars in use, video from the “Shotgun” seat as well as Q and A with the car’s owner. If you have suggestions on cars you would like to see us do please leave some comments below. If you live in the Nashville area and would like to share your car with us for Ridding Shotgun please send me an email, just click here.
We will be posting our first Ridding Shotgun in a few days, watch for it!