Street beat: Why do people love cars?

Happy new year! It’s the beginning of the 2019 working year, not a whole lot of people are in town however we took to the streets of sunny Brisbane to discuss the age-old question, why do people love cars?

“I can’t answer this question because I don’t love them” said Panoa, mother of three (cats) from Murarrie.

“They get you from A to B” declared Ewan, car salesman from Daisy Hill.

In 1886, the first true automobile was built by Karl Benz in Mannheim, Germany. It was powered by a 0.75 HP one cylinder 4 stroke gasoline engine. Since then it is estimated that over 1.2 billion passenger cars are on the road around the world today.

By sheer numbers, surely there must be a reason why people love them so much!?

“It’s our pride and joy” described adventuring couple Leigh and Casey from Bourke, proudly showing off photos of their vintage Land Rover Defender.

We came across a passionate millennial by the name of Vivian from Wynnum. “I think they’re a material possession, I see people on social media with millions of car photos and cannot understand why they’re showing them off! #tryhards”

“I don’t really have an opinion, we all need them otherwise everyone would be walking” quipped public servant Oliver from Norman Park.

“I live my life a quarter mile at a time” said Dom from the US.

There’s a huge cross section of people who love, like, dislike or are completely indifferent about cars.

It’s likely you have driven in a car on the way home listening to your favourite music, windows down and not a care in the world. Call it a driving induced trance if you will, it’s actually a form of meditation that you didn’t even know you were doing! Cars bring people together in small spaces which allows for bonding time, cars give people the feeling of euphoria, cars can be used to assert status for the status seekers! Cars can basically be anything you want them to be in your life. Whether it’s your basic form of transport or your life’s pride and joy – make sure you drive safely and always, ALWAYS enjoy the ride!