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Drive out gloom with a vroom

Cars have been my obsession since childhood. At amusement parks, I would ride the bumper cars all day. Whenever I had the chance, I would try driving a real car because I had learned how to drive by observing my Dad.

By age 16, I was living in California and driving without a license, offering rides to my classmates. I would drive 15 miles to buy a tube of toothpaste, getting into accidents AND trouble.

When I finally got my my license, I would volunteer to drive four hours to Mexico whenever my Mom wanted to go shopping.

California is the ideal place for young motorists. Perfectly paved roads stretch under a turquoise sky ? an invitation to explore a world where fun and adventure awaits. As teens, we didn't necessarily have any specific place to go. We just took the car and left, driving aimlessly for hours.

Driving in Seoul is, of course, not the same as California. But I bought a car for the same reason ?to go somewhere. And to do that I got the car of my dreams so I can get there faster, wherever that may be.

inescho@joongang.co.kr

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