Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Fantasy Garage Game

I know you.  I know you visit the junkyard just to relax and have a look around, and that you peek into interesting cars in parking lots to see if they're stickshifts.  I know you hoard old car magazines, matchbox toys and automobilia, that you browse Craigslist and eBay for cars you can't afford and don't have room for.  I know you lie awake at night dreaming about engine swaps.  I know when approaching a tunnel, you drop the windows - plus a gear or two - and then give it a big bootful of throttle.  I know you hoon your shopping cart around aisle corners with a few degrees of oppo, and I know you play the Fantasy Garage Game too.

You've got a five car garage and unlimited resources with which to stock it, but there are a few rules:

Garage bay one is for your daily driver.  Tune it all you want, as long as it remains practical, comfortable and reliable.

Bay two is for your town car, the classy cruiser.  Reserved for nights on the town with your wife or shuttling friends and family to and from the airport.

Behind door three is the supercar.  Think Enzo, F1, Countach, Carrera GT - that sort of thing.

The fourth spot is for a trackday weapon.  Caterhams, Elises, Ariel Atoms - focused, lightweight machines with lots of power and built-in tuneability.

Fifth and final space is for the toy hauler.  You'll need something utilitarian and grunty for pulling your track toy and barnfinds.

To start the game, here are my (current - subject to change daily) choices:

daily driver - Subaru Forester STi
towncar - Citroen DS
supercar - Bugatti EB110
trackday toy - 911 GT3 RSR
tow rig - early LWB Land Rover with an SBC

So, what's in your fantasy garage?

Credit to Snuze: The New Slobalt on Oppositelock for the refined format, if not the idea.


  1. Daily driver would be a new Quattroporte.
    Tourer would be my Phaeton.
    Supercar- Porsche 959.
    Track car- Caterham 7.
    Tow car- Lambo LM002.

  2. Daily: I'd love to say E34 M5, but the newest F10 M5 would surely do a better job.
    Cruiser: My E32 750 once I finish it.
    Supercar: I think it'd be hard to get used to a Pagani Zonda, any variation.
    Track toy: 2013 Shelby GT500, remove excess weight, add racing gear like rollcage, seats etc.
    Tow car: F150 SVT Raptor however ill-suited it may be for the job.

  3. My garage would be a mix of stock and hybrid creations that I know have been done.

    Daily Driver: My very own E28 M5 w/ odometer set back to zero!
    Tourer: 1978 Aston Martin Lagonda Series 4 (for shock value!)
    Track car: 1991 BMW E30 M3 w/ a M5 V 10 / E46 M3 suspension/chassis upgrade. (Piper Motorsports)
    Tow Car: Lamborghini Cheetah (1st generation LM00- Weber carb induction)

  4. Let's play,
    as I live in an European city, the daily driver should not be a pity to get some damage, I'll prefer a cheap disposable 1980-90 japanese compact car like a Starlet or a Familia.
    The cruiser can be a german sedan car; BMW or Audi.
    I agree with the EB110 for the supercar.
    I had a rented Caterham for my wedding, it's a cool car but I'd like to house a K.O.7 Spider in the fourth garage.
    Finally a LandCruiser 70 Series, it will reminds me I have to go back to desert.
    And well, there's no place for my classic sport car, what a shame.

  5. I know it's been a while since last someone opened this post, but I just couldn't help myself! :)
    Bay one: Volkswagen Golf Rallye (the 4wd, souped up version of the Mk II). You get the idea.
    Bay two: Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE (I know it's a show-off, but I love that car.)
    Bay three: Cizeta Moroder V16T. To me it's the ultimate exotic machine from Italy.
    Bay four: Renault Clio V6 (Renaults have a special place in my heart).
    Bay five: An early Ford Bronco.

  6. Bay 1: Ferrari 308
    Bay 2: 1960 Chevy Stingray Convertible
    Bay 3: McLaren F1
    Bay 4: 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO
    Bay 5: Land Rover Series 1

  7. DAILY DRIVER: 2000 Jeep Wrangler (actually is my daily driver IRL - white with white hardtop in the winter; topless, doors removed, windshield folded down onto the hood in summer. I enjoy my commute)

    TOWN CAR: 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS - 5.7L LT1 V8, automatic, rear-wheel drive... Black with tinted windows, lowered 1", stock rims.

    SUPER CAR: I am going to cheat. Super cars, while amazing and due respect, are not my thing. My 3rd bay would be taken up by a 1969 Chevrolet Sportvan G90. The kind that is flat in front, with the engine in between the front seats. This could take friends to the airport, thus making it a good candidate for town car, but the second condition you put forth: to use to take the wife out on weekends, well she would hate to go out in such a vehicle.

    TRACK DAY CAR: Lotus Elise for throwing into corners aggressively. Or maybe one of those 100 MPH go karts. That has to be a thrill, going 100 MPH while sitting two inches off the pavement. I guess I could also argue that my preferred "track" is an off-road trail and say a 1942 Wilys MB.

    TOY HAULER: Ford or GMC pickup. Rock solid.

    1. Thanks for playing along.

      I drove one of those bubble Impala SS's when nearly new, definitely a fun and unusual car. I won't mention how I nearly hit an apartment building with it.