As I was on my way to the freeway today in the Giveaway Porsche, I stopped at a red light and happened to look in my rear view mirror. Behind me was a newer Mazda RX-8. A red one. Not a bad looking car, but still a Mazda (sorry, this IS a Porsche blog after all).
Okay, so what…
The dude was wearing driving gloves!
I’m sure it’s not hard to imagine why I find this a bit more than odd. You might be thinking, “Maybe it was just a cold morning and he threw on the gloves to keep the old paws warm.” Nope. It was a beautiful, sunny day out. And the guy wasn’t wearing a jacket. So it couldn’t have been because he was chilly.
So I studied the guy for nearly a minute. Looked like an accountant type. Thin rimmed glasses. White shirt with a tie on. Perfectly combed hair. Oh, and did I mention…DRIVING GLOVES!!!
I have to say, I’m a guy who likes leather goods. I’ve even thought about donning a pair of driving gloves now and then as an experiment. See what the fuss was about. I don’t, however, think I’d have the nuggets to be seen wearing them in a Mazda though. A Ferrari or Lamborghini? Sure. You can write your own ticket driving one of those cars. A Porsche? Maybe, just maybe you could get away with them there without looking like a Jeff Gordon wannabe. They just seem too out of place in a fairly common Japanese made car regardless of how much pep it may be sporting.
I decided to see what he was made of…see how much the gloves helped him. When the light turned green, I stepped on it and shot off the line. I quickly made my way onto the on ramp for the freeway and lit it up. He kept pace for a bit, but missed a crucial merge into freeway traffic effectively bunwiching himself in the slow lane.
Moments later, I was in the fast lane letting my bareback ridin hands enjoy the black leather wrapped steering wheel.
Left Mazda Man behind. Driving gloves and all.