Like many guys, (and girls!) I love cars. I dreamed about driving when I was a child, and when I started driving at 18, I appreciated just how much fun driving really can be. About the same time, I realized just how beautiful cars could be from a purely visual standpoint. The sweeping lines of a Lamborghini and the soft curves of an Aston Martin DB9 inspire me almost as much as Renoir, Van Gough, and Rembrandt. Of course, a beautiful car demands a beautiful space to store it in, and Motor Trend Garage can craft a custom garage that complements your car like none other.
Here are the five cars in my dream Motor Trend Garage:
1 – Audi R8 V10
The first car would be a 2012 Audi R8 V10. I have been in love with this car since I saw it in the first Iron Man movie. The simple, sleek styling coupled with the jet-engine air intakes on the front and side give a surprisingly eye-catching styling which is coupled with an engine made by one of Germany’s finest automotive manufacturers. I would want the body to be black with red accents on the rims and spoiler.
2 – Tesla Roadster
My next pick would be a silver Tesla Roadster. Electric vehicles are going to be the next major technological leap forward in transport, and, besides being one of the first EVs on the market, the Roadster is damn sexy, handles well, and it’s great for the environment to boot.
3 – Alfa Romeo 4C
I first saw the Alfa Romeo 4C when it was featured in last year’s Motor Trend Best Driver’s Car test. It immediately impressed me with the sense of weightlessness with which it navigated the road. As a whole I tend to lean towards light and agile, rather than heavy and powerful (no muscle cars on this list!), and the 4C seems to accomplish this perfectly. The Rosso Competizione color is a beautiful red, and I would definitely want the 2013 Coupe.
4 – 1975 Lamborghini Countach
Although I find modern cars to have, in general, a more attractive design than most vintage cars, the 1975 Lamborghini Countach LP400 has breathtakingly stark and minimalistic lines – looking like the futuristic rocket car we all thought would be the norm by 2000. Only 157 were ever made over the model’s three year run, making it a valuable car collector’s item today that can go for over a million dollars at auction. With such a limited run you would, of course, take whatever color you could find, but if I could pick one it would definitely be yellow; the definitive Lamborghini color, in my opinion.
5 – Lotus Exige S Coupe
I’m a little torn for my last car. Toyota has always had a special place in my heart and I love my battered 2000 Celica GT-S to death. I thought of picking the 2002 Mk IV Supra or the current Toyota 86. I also love the Aston Martin DB9’s subtle, refined design, and I would be remiss in failing to mention the gleaming beauty of the Porsche 918 Spyder. But, ultimately a metallic white Lotus Exige S Coupe would be the car to find its way into my garage.
The compact, light body would be perfect for tackling the winding canyons in the San Gabriel Mountains I enjoy driving through on the weekends. The gorgeous styling combines the sleek, rounded lines of its cousin, the Lotus Elise, with just enough edge to let you know the Exige means business.
Of course, all of these gorgeous cars would be nothing without a gorgeous Motor Trend Garage to put them in. If you haven’t noticed, I tend to like black, white, and red, and my garage would reflect that. The obvious pick for permanent garage flooring is our Polyaspartic Polyurea Coating, which is tougher, more flexible, and more attractive than concrete. Personally I like the Metallic Silver color, nice and shiny, preferably with a non-slip additive so I don’t go sliding around all over the place when I come out to inspect my beautiful cars.
I would never have my man cave in the garage – it’s just not my style. So, there won’t be any couches or flat-screens in my garage. What I would have is a set of our black high-gloss laminate garage cabinets with brushed aluminum pulls for hardware. The top of the workbench would be a red laminate, and the tool chests would also be red; providing a bold splash of color against the black and silver of the rest of the garage. I would also have a section of slatwall installed in brushed aluminum to match the pulls and the floor.
My ideal Motor Trend Garage wouldn’t be complete without its share of accessories. The first one would be a wall safe to keep some emergency cash in. Then I would have a computer on an articulating arm for any diagnostics my live-in mechanic (hey, if I have a two million dollar car collection I can have a live in mechanic, right?) might need to run.
I hate fluorescent lighting, so the lighting would be adjustable tungsten track lighting. I would also have a mini-bar well stocked with scotch and good wine for any visitors who might want to have a drink while I let them gaze upon the beauty of the automobiles in my custom garage.
You may not have a two million dollar car collection but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a Motor Trend Garage worthy of one. Schedule a no-obligation design appointment and one of our friendly Garage designers will get in touch with you to create the perfect garage space.