“I want the experience of having a car that no one else has driven.”
- The Ride
- The Driver: Robert
- Car in Question: Black 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix
- Spotted at: Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria, 805 S. State Street, Chicago, IL 60605
- Odometer: 150,000
- Car’s Nickname: The Boss
Q: How did you acquire the car?
A: I had two cars before this one. I had a green Pontiac Grand Prix and a Honda Civic. My parents paid for my very first car. I was 17 at the time. While I’ve liked every single car I’ve ever had, I normally get bored of them after a year and a half. So I post my car up on Craigslist, sell it, and then I take the money that I make off that car and buy another one. I know that sounds kind of crazy, but I just can’t stand to drive a car for too long.
Q: What attracted you to this car?
A: I really like the fact that it’s a sports car. Something about sports cars really do it for me. I like driving fast, but it sucks on gas. As of lately I’ve slowed it down, so I can conserve on gas. I also like the fact that it is black on black. Black on the outside, black on the inside.
Q: What’s the furthest place you’ve driven to in this car?
A: Probably Michigan City, Indiana. There’s an outlet mall out there called Lighthouse Mall. I drive up there about twice a month to buy gym shoes and jeans. Other than that, I really don’t go anywhere far. I’m not really into road tripping. I just can’t stand to stay in a car for too long. Mainly I just drive it to the usual places like work, school, running errands, and hanging out with friends.
Q: What type of music do you listen to in your car?
A: Mostly hip-hop and rap. I normally listen to Rick Ross. He has great driving music. Whenever you play his music, you just feel like you’re in a Maybach, and the road is yours. I normally listen to him when I want to drive fast. I also listen to Wiz Khalifah, Lil Wayne, and Drake.
Q: Do you ever pump it up and sing along when you’re driving?
A: I don’t really do that. At the most I just bob my head along to the beat. Sometimes I rap along, but mainly I just listen. I’m really a laid back person, so I don’t get really hyped when I’m listening to music. But just because I’m not all over the place, doesn’t mean I’m not enjoying myself.
Q: How would you describe your driving style?
A: It’s dependent on where I have to go and what type of mood I’m in. If I’m running late, or feeling impatient or cocky, I will drive aggressively. But if I’m not in a real hurry, or just feel like enjoying the scenery, I’m more of a laid back driver.
Q: What do you think your next car will realistically be?
A: Probably something new. Maybe a Dodge Charger or a Chrysler 300. I really like those cars because they give you plenty of room, but they drive like a sports car. This is great because it will satisfy my need for speed, without having to be trapped in a two-door vehicle.
Q: Finally, if you could have any car in the world, sky’s the limit, what would it be?
A: A Bentley coupe or a Maybach. Most people, when they get some money, go out and buy a Mercedes or a BMW, which is cool because they are nice cars. But to be honest, I see so many of them on the road that they really don’t carry the same status they once did–at least to me. So when I’m finally making some really good money, I want to buy a car that will make me stand out. If you roll up to a stoplight in a Bentley or a Maybach, people stop what they are doing and stare. They can’t help it. How often do you see one? But if I’m in a Mercedes or an Audi or something, people probably won’t even look twice because they see one every day.
Photos and interview by Nicolette Chambers
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