Same here. Had a 1992 Camaro with a blown engine and bought about $5,000 in performance parts to build a new engine. Then life intervened and I got a good job that was pretty far away and had to buy something reliable that got good gas mileage. Ended up selling the Camaro and all the parts on eBay for a pretty big loss. I guess part of growing up was realizing that I just needed maintenance free reliable transportation. When you're 16 and a new driver all you seem to care about is whats "cool".