I've also been slowly getting into cars and vehicles through the necessary maintenance I've had to do. Luckily I was referred by a friend to a mechanic who's actually honest, even if he's sometimes a little too eager to get my car back on the road, but at least he's not trying to milk me.
I used to think of cars as if they were appliances, but I have to admit that driving fast is a lot of fun and I've come to appreciate that there's a lot of neat stuff you can do with automobile machinery. It's cool that there's been a whole century of interesting, incremental improvements to design and engineering that brought race and performance features down into commuter cars. Not to mention all the many engine types, sizes, placements, and transfer styles that different manufacturers have tried out.
Makes me feel tempted to mod my vehicle for performance, even though I'd be better off modding for utility since it's a FWD SUV and I live in a cold country. And speaking of the cold, I've had problems with rats keeping warm on the engine in the winter after I get home from my commute and park; they leave chicken bones everywhere, shit all over my intake manifold, and have chewed the wires to my spark plugs more than once. Two years back they disabled 2/6 cylinders before I noticed so I had to carefully hobble the thing to the mechanic while it was essentially running on a V4. I haven't had more wire problems yet this year, but my steering pump started failing earlier this week and the engine is overdue for an oil change.
Is there any particular race style or league that you like?
What are 2-3 vehicles you'd like to try/own?