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How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Live My Life A Quarter Mile At A Time

How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Live My Life A Quarter Mile At A Time
Burj Khalifa night time water show. My parents didn’t know it yet, but they just started something that would stick with me for (most of) my years to come.

Fast forward to 2017. I’m 26 years old and on the up and up, hustling, applying for jobs. The near masochistic musings of every car enthusiast heightened as I realized that I will need to have a car to get around too. Every car enthusiast (hell, most people) want to get that BMW or a sports car or their favorite truck. And who are we kidding, for the majority of us just starting out, that is not feasible or advisable. Disappointment ensue.

I nearly resigned myself to buying something practical and reliable by the advice of family and friends, a simple car that would get me from point A to point B. It would work well for its intended, monotonous purpose. It would probably be a little beat (or a lot beat) but it would work they said. And then I can save up for a brand new fun car when I am in my 30’s and when I also have more responsibilities and possibly a family and I can just enjoy it on the weekends when I am not at my 9-5 or taking care of the kids. It’s the best route they said. It’s safe. It’s practical.

Blech.

Life is too short to put off things you’re passionate about and life is too short to drive boring cars. Some part of me realized they are a little right; there needs to be some dose of practicality. Damn it. Well, there’s always one car maker that springs to my mind when thinking of “fun”, “reliable”, and “practical” in the same thought: Honda. And how I adored the engine note of their sweet, sweet four cylinder engines. To me, there is nothing like having pedal to the metal and hearing a Honda sing the song of its people all the way to 8000 RPM.

The fifth generation Honda Prelude always struck my eye since I first saw my uncle drive it. It was the quirky, slightly chubby sibling of the family that had all the latest tech from Honda. Honda’s goal with the Prelude was to be more a GT car than a basic, sporty car. That is to say, it would be more luxurious and elegant than the twitchy, high strung sporty cars Honda offered at the time. According to Kaz Mori of Temple of VTEC Asia, Honda dubs this “Intelligent Sport”. This was further enhanced by the Type SH (short for Super Handling) version of the fifth gen Prelude that included some of the best handling for a front wheel drive car, being lauded by Car and Driver in 1997 as the best handling car for under $ 30,000.

My search for my perfect Honda Prelude Type SH was littered with salvage vehicles, vehicles that very clearly overdosed on 2 Fast 2 Furious, and Preludes equipped with the doomed-to-failure “SportShift” automatic. Nearly six months of searching without a stock Prelude Type SH in sight left me feeling dejected. If I can’t get what I want, would I have to resort to the practical option?

And then I found her. Through the dusty and slightly bumpy 90’s pearl green exterior, you could see it was a well maintained, stock Prelude Type SH. Jackpot.

Jiten Bhojwani

My Honda Prelude Type SH when I first saw her

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I was just a 7 year old kid when I first got a Hot Wheels toy. I can’t tell you what car it was, but I can tell you that little 7 year old Jiten’s eyes lit up like the Burj Khalifa night time water show. My parents didn’t know it yet, but they just started something that would stick with me for (most of) my years to come.

Fast forward to 2017. I’m 26 years old and on the up and up, hustling, applying for jobs. The near masochistic musings of every car enthusiast heightened as I realized that I will need to have a car to get around too. Every car enthusiast (hell, most people) want to get that BMW or a sports car or their favorite truck. And who are we kidding, for the majority of us just starting out, that is not feasible or advisable. Disappointment ensue.

I nearly resigned myself to buying something practical and reliable by the advice of family and friends, a simple car that would get me from point A to point B. It would work well for its intended, monotonous purpose. It would probably be a little beat (or a lot beat) but it would work they said. And then I can save up for a brand new fun car when I am in my 30’s and when I also have more responsibilities and possibly a family and I can just enjoy it on the weekends when I am not at my 9-5 or taking care of the kids. It’s the best route they said. It’s safe. It’s practical.

Blech.

Life is too short to put off things you’re passionate about and life is too short to drive boring cars. Some part of me realized they are a little right; there needs to be some dose of practicality. Damn it. Well, there’s always one car maker that springs to my mind when thinking of “fun”, “reliable”, and “practical” in the same thought: Honda. And how I adored the engine note of their sweet, sweet four cylinder engines. To me, there is nothing like having pedal to the metal and hearing a Honda sing the song of its people all the way to 8000 RPM.

The fifth generation Honda Prelude always struck my eye since I first saw my uncle drive it. It was the quirky, slightly chubby sibling of the family that had all the latest tech from Honda. Honda’s goal with the Prelude was to be more a GT car than a basic, sporty car. That is to say, it would be more luxurious and elegant than the twitchy, high strung sporty cars Honda offered at the time. According to Kaz Mori of Temple of VTEC Asia, Honda dubs this “Intelligent Sport”. This was further enhanced by the Type SH (short for Super Handling) version of the fifth gen Prelude that included some of the best handling for a front wheel drive car, being lauded by Car and Driver in 1997 as the best handling car for under $ 30,000.

My search for my perfect Honda Prelude Type SH was littered with salvage vehicles, vehicles that very clearly overdosed on 2 Fast 2 Furious, and Preludes equipped with the doomed-to-failure “SportShift” automatic. Nearly six months of searching without a stock Prelude Type SH in sight left me feeling dejected. If I can’t get what I want, would I have to resort to the practical option?

And then I found her. Through the dusty and slightly bumpy 90’s pearl green exterior, you could see it was a well maintained, stock Prelude Type SH. Jackpot.

Jiten Bhojwani

My Honda Prelude Type SH when I first saw her

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