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    ‘Car Guys’ can love electric cars too. In fact, true innovators seem to flock to the new tech

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    Some car enthusiasts worry that the coming of EVs represents the death of something special in the automotive spirit. Let me show you why that won’t happen.

    My father is a “car guy.” He has a ’56 Ford Thunderbird which he personally restored and modified himself. It has the original 292 engine – not the 312 from the ’57’s – but he bored out the cylinders to make it a 327 and slapped three 2-barrel Stromberg 97 carburetors on it. All the chrome is blacked out, the continental kit is missing (because the rear end was donated from a ’55 after the original ’56 has a rear collision), and it has a bitchin’ paint job with dark maroon ghost racing stripes, which never fail to surprise people and attract comments at the many car shows he attends.

    He also had a MINI E – one of about 500 made, the predecessor to the BMW ActiveE that was then the predecessor to the BMW i3. The car was a prototype for a prototype, not ready for primetime, but still a great little car – his favorite car of any he’s ever had. If he could have kept it he would have, but unfortunately the program was lease-only and BMW only wanted to use the car as a pilot program for their “i” division.

    Back in 2009-2011, he would take the MINI E to car shows, and encountered a fair amount of skepticism from assorted gearheads, even here in Southern California, the land of EVs. Now in 2016, among his group of six Ferrari, Mercedes and Porsche-owning friends who meet every weekend at the local Cars & Coffee, three of them have Fiat 500Es which they love.

    What am I getting at with all this? It’s possible to be an old-timey, fume-sniffing, roaring exhaust “car guy” and still appreciate the performance, comfort, convenience, and environmental aspects of electric vehicles.

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