Car things to do before you become a typical Indian 'uncle'

Car things to do before you become a typical Indian ‘uncle’

Snapshot – Growing old is compulsary, but growing up is optional. On that note, here are 10 car things you’ll want to accomplish before you become an “uncle”, in the literal sense of the word. And for the “uncles”, this list should take them through a nostalgia trip on what they were up to, or should have been up to in their days of glory.

Drive cross country

Drive Cross Country

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Traveling opens up your mind. Jumping into your car and driving cross country is one of the best ways to explore this beautiful country of ours, and at your own pace. So, if you haven’t done it already, you must get started. A good point to start would be a K-K trip, driving all the way from Kanyakumari in the South to Kashmir in the North.

Add a badass spoiler to your car

Car with massive wing spoiler

Now, this is purely for the kicks. Adding a badass spoiler to your car will make you look like a crazy, but that’s what you’re trying to do here, be as crazy as you can. So, get a big spoiler onto your car’s boot or hatch lid and watch everyone gawk at you, some in amazement and the rest in derision.

Attend a track day

Porsche on the track

Getting your butt to track day and doing a few hot laps on the track is an adrenaline rush that keeps many hooked for years. This is the real deal when it comes to experiencing a car to its fullest. It’s inexpensive too, and starting early is recommended.

Fiat Punto on the BIC

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Drive to the top of the world

Mahindra Scorpio at Marsimek La

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India’s blessed with some of the tallest mountains in the world. To get to a point where the views are to die for, you’ll need to traverse high mountain passes, some of them being the highest in the world. So, getting into your car and doing a Khardung La run is one of the legendary things you can boast of for years.

Learn essential maintenance

Woman tyre change

You don’t need to be a grease monkey to replace your car’s tyres, wiper blades and check fluid levels. Imagine a dame standing by her car while you, all rippling muscles, get down and dirty to replace her car’s punctured tyre. Now, that’s a vital life skill that can even get you laid.

Get a CV driving license

Volvo Driver

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This is another classic to get the chicks to swoon over you, even at a beer party. Fishing out a commercial vehicle license is very cool, even if you may never have to drive a Volvo bus or a Tata truck. Why not get one just for the heck of it then? If everything fails, you can at least become a truckie.

Go off roading

Mahindra Off Road

[Image courtesy Mahindra Thar Facebook Page]

Don’t try this in your low slung Volkswagen Polo though. Instead, consider enrolling at Mahindra’s Adventure Academy, where they let you plug mud and climb rocks in Thar off roaders. Or you could also borrow a Mahindra SUV and head to one of the Great Escape events that happen frequently. Warning: Off roading can be addictive.

Self drive a BMW or Mercedes Benz

Zoomcar BMW 3-Series Sedan

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Self driven rental cars are now in India, and the best thing about these services are the luxury cars that they offer. Rolling about town in a BMW 3er or the Mercedes Benz A-Class is one of the coolest things you can do at twenty two. What are you waiting for?

Zoomcar Mercedes Benz A-Class

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Arrive at a party in a stretch limo

Limousine Party

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Arrive to a party in style in a stretch limousine, the longer the better. And yes, the limousine needs to have drinks so that the party becomes the after party. There’s nothing like arriving buzzed, and in a black, flashy limousine while at it.

Limousine Party 1

Buy a classic…

Hindustan Contessa

And make it your project car. There’s the old shape Maruti 800 that can look as gorgeous as this. Or even the Hindustan Contessa that can become this. So, buying a project car that’s going cheap and bringing it up to ship shape can be very fulfilling.

A Hindustan Contessa can actually be modified to look like this.
A Hindustan Contessa can actually be modified to look like this.