The best drive of my entire life was a mistake.
Many of my friends are always seeking the best experience they can find in a car. They will go very far and wide in search of the best driving roads, spend lots of money on their cars to make them just right, and otherwise will do a lot to experience the perfect "driving Nirvana."
Well, back in February, I did just that. I experienced that driving nirvana. But, the problem is, that it's a terrible idea. Bear with me, I've got some explaining to do.
The thing is, there's always a time and a place for everything, including driving Nirvana. Yes, I had more fun than I should have, during that weekend. No, I don't recommend it to anyone.
The problem was, I was volunteering at a rally. This meant, I needed to be where the rally was. I had access to the open roads, where the rally cars had driven, or would be driving. I didn't think much of the repercussions of driving the speed limit on the snowy/icy roads. I was following every road law, technically, except that the locals disagreed about whether my actions were safe or not.
It doesn't matter how much fun you're having, if it's a public road, you probably shouldn't be driving that way. The best answer to finding driving Nirvana is to actually enter the rally, not volunteer for it. But, even volunteering for the rally can be great fun, of course.
My suggestion, is to enter the rally if you want to drive the way I did, or volunteer at the rally, and just take things slower. Enjoy the scenery and the friendships you'll make at the rally.
But, just because sliding your car along on some icy and snowy roads seems fun, doesn't mean it's safe. Neither does being in complete control of your car (are you really?) and neither does the location matter. The laws still apply.
Instead of doing it the illegal and dangerous way, why not do it the legal and safe way? No matter how you want to drive, there's a motorsport for it. And, if your tastes in driving are so obscure that this form of motorsports doesn't exist yet, why don't you make it happen?
The fact is, this rally was the most fun I've ever had. Would I go again? I'd either volunteer, or participate as a driver. But, I wouldn't do what I did this year again. Even if the only thing you lose is your reputation as a good guy, it's too much to lose. And, even after that, you only stand to lose more, following that, like your life, freedom or car, driver's license or even car insurance. Think twice about how you will achieve driving Nirvana.
Drew Geier is a Canadian petrolhead whose main mission is to make motoring accessible, enjoyable, and affordable well into the future, by improving the art, hobby and lifestyle of motoring. He builds cars, and he writes about other builds. He's built a Subaru WRX and is building a Honda Civic EK.