When “because it makes me happy” isn’t enough


It’s funny the way we sometimes justify the things we purchase, either to ourselves or to others. I’d always wanted a car that ran in the Pebble Beach road races in the early 1950s. I’d also wanted a great period hot rod. A few years ago at the auctions in Monterey, I bought a Ford hot rod that had raced through the Del Monte Forest in Pebble Beach. It wasn’t cheap, and my wife wasn’t exactly thrilled. I told her I paid half for the race car and the other half for a hot rod, so I checked off two boxes for the price of one. Somehow, she accepted—or at least let me get away with—that rationalization, but I’m pretty sure I can’t use that line of reasoning again.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2018/09/24/wayne-carini-september-october-2018-magazine-column