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Car Lust Classic--A Minivan Is Better Than What You're Driving

Odysseyextby David Drucker, posted August 22, 2008

I don't care what your current ride--or even pie-in-the-sky dream ride--might be. A minivan is better. "But wait!" (I can hear you say)... "A minivan will make me look, well, like a minivan-driving loser." Get over yourself. If your self-image is based on what you drive, just put a Ferrari Owners Club license plate frame on the minivan. Awestruck onlookers will assume that your Ferrari is in the shop, which it probably would be anyway....

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I didn't know David Drucker particularly well, having only 'worked together' tangentially here at Car Lust. Being as we're such a far-flung and almost entirely virtual set of co-workers, I haven't really gotten to know any of the other contributors very well -- I've only met Hafner once and we live in the same city! -- but we've generally worked together harmoniously and with little conflict. All this despite having some deep divisions on certain subjects, from the role of the SUV to (probably) politics and, perhaps far worse and more contentious, basketball. I think this is probably because this is an all-volunteer outfit and we're just in it for the love of writing about (mostly) dorky cars. Still, it saddens me to see one of our own shuffle off this mortal coil and into the Great Unknown. At my age (ca. 50) I'm still young enough to be surprised when people I know pass away, but old enough to be starting to get used to it. As a great philosopher once said "We seem to have reached the age where life stops giving us things and starts taking them away."

Like many others here, I enjoyed David's devotion to big American cars, even though some of them had barely crossed my radar over the years and the idea of someone actually writing fondly about them was beyond my ken. I mean, a 1992 Mercury Grand Marquis? Well, that's what we're all about here, and David pretty much exemplified the Car Lust philosophy in every one of his unfortunately small stable of posts.

The one that will always stick with me, however, is his famous homage to the minivan. "A Minivan is Better Than What You're Driving" -- the title alone is enough to demand a click-through just to see what this deranged lunatic is talking about! But, you know, it actually made some sense; even though I didn't agree with all of it, the whole post started to change my mind about minivans -- especially in comparison to SUVs -- and my own attitudes towards them (along with our Minivan Madness Week which, if memory serves, this may have been the impetus for). I've actually passed that link along to others who are thinking of bypassing a minivan purchase because they don't want to be one of those people who drive a minivan. And all this after Drucker went and celebrated the Lincoln Navigator! Truly the mark of a great mind: the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.

So, yeah, even though I didn't know him very well personally, I'll miss David's unique insights into the world of Car Lust. Requiescat in Pace, sir: You enriched my life.

--Anthony Cagle

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Sometimes you can have your minivan and offroad too. Two years ago we took a rented Caravan on some really interesting dirt roads to the northern coast of the island of Molokai HI. Both on the trip in and out we met full tilt off-road jacked up buggies who must have thought us crazy. The road had ruts about 3 feet deep but I just drove on the tops. Never scraped anything.

Minivans are versatile. My wife is a potter, and we do farmer's markets in the summer and occasional art fairs in the winter. She bought a Pontiac Montana a few years back, and it does the job well. We haul tables, bins full of her wares, and a canopy. The interior space is great - basically the minivan offers cubic capacity. Additionally, the seats are comfortable.

I currently drive a minivan.. the visability is great from the drivers seat, the gas mileage isn't that bad, and its a truly comfortable ride on the highway. But, mine is for sale.. I got it cheap, spring is here, and hopefully I can sell it to a family , under book value, and more than what I paid for it.

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