While some of us are out here obsessing over food, make-up, holiday spots, shopping and all that, there is a certain amount of people in this world who literally eat, sleep and breathe cars. I'm not joking. And it may be a tad bit more of an “obsessive disorder” than it really sounds. It caught up to my instance for quite some time so I thought of giving it my take, on an excessively obsessed car enthusiast, on how they really think.
Ajmain Ilham Tayieb, 21, a Bangladeshi based Canadian citizen, who has finished his schooling years in Bangladesh, spent two years completing high school in Malaysia and is currently residing in Toronto, Canada, as a freshman at York University. He is an individual, whose perspective for cars, goes beyond barriers. When you speak to him, you'll instantly find out about his passion for cars. It may also be apparent if you have ever talked to him for a decent amount of time, that it is difficult for him not to bring up cars into a conversation when that might not even be the topic. I was really eager to know why, so I asked him. His reply was, “I am a car enthusiast. I eat, breathe, live, and sleep cars.”
It all started when he was a child. His father was also into cars and would get him nothing but toy vehicles, such as cars, airplanes, trucks, trains, which he still holds a collection of. He would always tinker with such objects so it naturally led him to grow up in that scene. He grew up watching car shows, videos relating to it and of course, his father's fascination with cars. “There is nothing better than being inside a car that is built with an insane amount of horsepower,” he adds. “Being around cars all the time had something to do with how I am now.”
Ajmain, at the age of 21, drives a Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG for summer and a S-Class as a winter car in Toronto, along with owning two other BMW 5 series, one in Dhaka, the other one in Kuala Lumpur. According to him, he didn't just convince his father into getting him those, he earned it by emphasizing his love upon cars. Being in a car like that (especially talking about the C63), according to him, is something out of this world. “To the untrained eye, you wouldn’t think it was that special of a car. Sitting in the parking lot, you would imagine it just being your everyday A to B commuter. But when it starts, you can feel it shake the ground beneath you. You can feel the horsepower rushing through your chest. You can smell the race fuel giving life to the beast under the hood. Judging by the sound of the motor roaring, you sort of feel bad for the roads seeing as it’s gonna be ripped to shreds shortly,” he says.
When he pulls up to the lights and waits for them to turn green. Before they do, the monster under the hood gets even louder. It turns into a banshee and screams at the top of it’s lungs. He starts to get butterflies in his stomach knowing that in a couple seconds, he will be flying down the strip at a very high rate of speed. Right before the lights change, the butterflies get worse. Almost to the point where he's going to be sick. And then it happens. The light turns green. It’s on now.
“The thrashing horsepower is now put on the ground. The insane amount of torque is let loose and it’s almost like you get punched in the chest. You immediately get pushed back into your seat and are pinned there for the duration. All you can see is the world moving past you. You get an adrenaline rush that makes your heart pump like crazy. And all of this happens in 10 seconds. By the time it’s starts, it’s over in a blink. And that’s what ultimately made me how I am today,” Ajmain says.
But according to him, it’s not ALL about that horsepower. He talks about all kinds of wheels (names, which I can barely recall), he adds how lowering the wheels of your car can make your car stand out more than just low. And for him, it's about how the car looks, what it provides you. Basically, how many necks can you break when driving down the road. It’s also about self expression. What can you do to the car to express your personality.
Now that you know a little bit more about the car scene maybe you won’t shrug off cars as much. Now we kind of understand, why such people dump their entire bank account in their vehicles. It’s not just a hobby for them, it’s their lifestyle.