CHRIS HARRIS' COLUMN - WEEK 2

Working hard and wasting money on machinery you simply do not need is the very essence of loving cars.

CHRIS HARRIS' COLUMN - WEEK 2

When the question of what the nascent idea of an online car auction business based in the UK might be called sprung up over a few beverages, I wasn’t much into the idea of the word ‘collecting’. I’ve never liked being called a collector. Like most things I have ever held an opinion on, I was of course completely wrong. 

Edward said ‘Let’s call it Collecting Cars’ and I was left with a murky vision of special cars accumulating dust in some fancy shed and existing as tokens for boastful pub chat. The idea of a car ‘collector’ has always triggered in me a very negative connotation.

For me the Land Cruiser covers the entire bandwidth from estate car to semi-commercial vehicle. I sold a lovely home-build E34 M5 Touring to fund the Land Cruiser. For a year it has proved to be quite brilliant and now shows 145,000 miles. It confirmed that I didn’t need a fast estate car. Which is why for the past three evenings I’ve been drooling over early C7 RS6s. And at some point in the near future I’ll end up persuading myself that I need an old 4x4 and a fast estate car because that completes the line-up of crap that sometimes works. 

The whole thing is utter madness, and I’ve always been completely addicted to it. Working hard and wasting money on machinery you simply do not need is the very essence of loving cars. And it doesn’t matter what you call it - collecting, curating, being a prat - I’ll always be addicted to it.

Chris Harris' column is a new weekly initiative where Chris will get stuck into the latest topics from the automotive world and other conversation points. The column will be published on the Collecting Cars platform and available to read in our new publication 'Club//Sport' that is distributed at our events around the world.