Het is alweer vijf jaar geleden dat we jullie een lijstje met legendarische quotes uit de autowereld voorschotelden. Hoog tijd voor een vervolgdeel.
Over auto’s heeft iedereen wel een mening, die varieert van ‘4 stoelen en een stuur’ tot wat meer diepzinnige opinies. De volgende vonden wij de moeite van het reproduceren waard:
“A car can massage organs which no masseur can reach. It is the one remedy for the disorders of the great sympathetic nervous system.” – Jean Cocteau, Frans dichter.
“Send me your Viper, I won’t part it out…” – John Hennessey
“And so you touch this limit, something happens and you suddenly can go a little bit further. With your mind power, your determination, your instinct, and the experience as well, you can fly very high. Racing, competing, it’s in my blood. It’s part of me, it’s part of my life; I have been doing it all my life and it stands out above everything else.” – Ayrton Senna
“I need NOS!” – Brian O’Conner
“Automobiles are free of egotism, passion, prejudice and stupid ideas about where to have dinner. They are, literally, selfless. A world designed for automobiles instead of people would have wider streets, larger dining rooms, fewer stairs to climb and no smelly, dangerous subway stations.” – P. J. O’Rourke, Amerikaans journalist en libertariër.
“Driving is a spectacular form of amnesia. Everything is to be discovered, everything to be obliterated.” – Jean Baudrillard, Frans socioloog en filosoof.
“Everything in life is somewhere else, and you get there in a car.” – E(lwyn) B(rooks) White, Amerikaans schrijver
“You got a fast car” – Tracy Chapman
“I think that cars today are almost the exact equivalent of the great Gothic cathedrals: I mean the supreme creation of an era, conceived with passion by unknown artists, and consumed in image if not in usage by a whole population which appropriates them as a purely magical object.” – Roland Barthes, Frans filosoof
“No other man-made device since the shields and lances of the ancient knights fulfills a man’s ego like an automobile.” – Sir William Rootes
“The reason American cars don’t sell anymore is that they have forgotten how to design the American Dream. What does it matter if you buy a car today or six months from now, because cars are not beautiful. That’s why the American auto industry is in trouble: no design, no desire.” – Karl Lagerfeld, gehandschoend modeicoon en hater van dikkerds.
“The car as we know it is on the way out. To a large extent, I deplore its passing, for as a basically old-fashioned machine, it enshrines a basically old-fashioned idea: freedom. In terms of pollution, noise and human life, the price of that freedom may be high, but perhaps the car, by the very muddle and confusion it causes, may be holding back the remorseless spread of the regimented, electronic society.” – J. G. Ballard, Brits schrijver (geb. 1930)
“We are the first nation in the history of the world to go to the poorhouse in an automobile.” – Will Rogers
“To finish first, you must first finish.” – Juan Manuel Fangio
“I live my life a quarter mile at a time.” – Dominic Toretto
“Speed never killed anyone, suddenly becoming stationary, that’s what gets you.” – Jeremy Clarkson
“Winning is everything. The only ones who remember you when you come second are your wife and your dog.” – Damon Hill