Top 10 signs of obsessive motoring

OK, so if you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you’re interested in cars.  If you’re not, then the following list will have absolutely no meaning to you. None whatsoever. Not a bit.

I consider myself a petrolhead. I’m not particularly good at the mechanics. I’m probably not that good at drifting. I probably wouldn’t be the quickest around Castle Combe in a Series 1 Elise. But I do love cars. 100% love ’em. Many people are the same. You see them stood in the audience at the Top Gear studio. You see them at car shows. You see their posts on car forums.  You read their insights in evo and Octane.

But what if you’re an obsessive petrolhead?  How can you tell?  Here are ten tell-tale signs:

1 –  You will circle a multi-storey car park looking for a space that sits between two pillars or is against a side wall – no matter how empty the car park is.

2 – You look back at your car lustfully under the forecourt lights as you walk across the petrol station forecourt to pay for your 50 litres of V-Power.

3 – On more than one occasion you’ve been told “You can do mine when you’ve finished” when washing your car.

4 – You will actively stop, turnaround or leave the road if you see a gritter lorry approaching from the other direction.

5 – You put pieces of carpet along the inside of the garage wall to protect your door edges.

6 – You’ve ever used a toothbrush to clean your alloy wheels.

7 – You’ve bought new carpet mats to protect the original dealer-supplied carpet mats.

8 – You pay more attention to the cars in movies, rather than the plot.

9 – You’d rush home to watch the original Channel 4 series of Deals on Wheels.

10 – You try and park your beloved chariot outside the restaurant / hotel / office window to ensure you can keep glancing at it.

Of course, there may be more signs.  And I’d be glad to hear of them.

I’d like to point out that the top ten points bear no resemblance to myself. Purely guesswork. Nothing more. OK?

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Gavin Big-Surname
The chief waffler and founder of PetrolBlog in 2010. Has a rather unhealthy obsession with cars from the 80s and 90s, and is on a one-man mission to collect the cars nobody else wants. Also likes tea and Hobnobs.


  1. February 22, 2010
    Dill the dog

    Is driving to the shops which are 2 minutes walk away a sign, or is that just lazy?

  2. March 15, 2010

    11. Browsing EBay Motors continually just to see what you COULD get

    12. Reading the back of every car wash product in the shop before picking up your usual and paying.

    • March 15, 2010

      Good call!

      13. You slow down to check the car’s reflection when driving past shop windows. Come on, we’ve all done it!

  3. April 6, 2011

    Always check out Pistonheads and

    • April 7, 2011

      Yep, like every 30 minutes or so!

  4. February 15, 2012

    When you’re riding in a friend’s car or public transport, all you check out from the window is the other cars around you.

    • February 15, 2012

      Yep! Totally agree…


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