What’s On Your Bucket List?

Bucket List: A list of things to do before you die. Derived from the term “kicking the bucket.”

If you don’t already know it by now, I love cars. I love driving them, reading about them, photographing them, the whole megillah. I am car crazy.

When I lived in Baltimore I had a friend John who was an architect and avid Volkswagen enthusiast and drove a VW Beetle, a real air-cooled one not the new front-drive model that came along later (like Mary owns.) He always wanted to own a Porsche but could never justify the high price tag, which at the time seemed high but in retrospect, maybe not.

My friend also liked motorsports and enjoyed attending races at Watkins Glen International in New York state. One year he was driving back from watching the US Grand Prix that was held at the track through 1980 and on the way home stopped by to visit his friend Bill in Pennsylvania. He had a nice visit full of nostalgia and was glad he took the time for a detour.

After John arrived back home in Baltimore, he received a call from Bill’s wife. It seems that shortly after he left, Bill had a heart attack and died. The next day, John bought a Porsche.

The Bucket List concept was not one I was familiar at the time and while I didn’t have a formal list then or now, it’s something we should should at least keep in the back of our minds because ‘ya never know…

At Cars & Coffee in Parker, CO this past weekend I saw this matte silver-finished 2015 Mercedes-Benz AMG G 63 4MATIC for sale by Mercedes Benz of Littleton. It was a CPO car and had a luxurious grey leather interior, only 20,734 miles on the odometer and a price tag of $109,799.

We all get so busy with our jobs and lives, putting out the daily “fires” we have to deal with and often lose sight of the fact, that as Jim Morrison once said, “we’re not getting out of this alive.” So is the Kirkham Motorsports roadster I photographed at SEMA a few years ago on my bucket list? Or is it the G-wagen? My guess is neither, but a boy can dream can’t he?