Cars I Am Thankful For: Jack

As the Thanksgiving holiday arrives, I have decided to join my fellow writer Aatish in making a list of cars I'm thankful for. So, without further adieu, here's my list of the top 5 cars I'm thankful for.

5. Bugatti Veyron. Now I know it sounds like a typical choice that anyone with zero knowledge of cars would pick, but this car was unquestionably revolutionary and I respect it as such. After claiming the production car top speed record, losing it, and then re-winning it with the even faster Veyron Super Sport (pictured above), the engineers at Bugatti have proven time and time again that what their car was nothing short of a technological masterpiece. I also consider the car to be pretty good looking, as some of its special editions were particularly beautiful in my opinion. All in all, the Veyron pushed the entire industry forward, causing all competitors to re-think their approach to making cars. This is why I'm thankful for the Veyron.

4. Volkswagen Jetta 2.5. This will undoubtedly be the car that stands out like a sore thumb on this list. While the rest of these cars are either supercars or full-blown hypercars, this is a car that you're likely to see on the streets just about every day. To most people, the Jetta is basic, bland, and is overlooked by many. But this car, especially the generation pictured above, will always hold a special place in my heart, because it was (and still is) my first car. I've created more memories in this car than any other car I've ever experienced, from my first time drifting around snow covered parking lots to my first speeding ticket. The Jetta, with its in-line, 5-cylinder engine, confused automatic transmission and front wheel drive has been a source of fun for me for a few years now, and whenever I come home from college I always look forward to taking it on another drive. With memories like this, it's impossible for me to not be thankful for this wonderful little car.

3. Pagani Zonda. Ah, the Zonda. One of the most beautiful, badass, road-devouring monsters to ever come out of Italy. From the initial C12 all the way through the numerous iterations of the Zonda over the years, it always remained a car that I lusted after. It was a car that was so wonderfully designed and created that I found it unbelievable that anyone could ever consider the Zonda anything other than beautiful. The Zonda was also an incredibly important car for Pagani, as it was the car that kick started the company's status as an elite supercar manufacturer. I was lucky enough to visit the Pagani factory in the early months of this past summer, and during my visit I was able to see, in person, the first Zonda Cinque Roadster ever produced. Sitting directly next to it was Huayra chassis number one. These were two of the most strikingly beautiful cars I have ever witnessed, and I will remember that day for the rest of my life. For that, Mr. Pagani, I thank you.

2. Ferrari Enzo. The Enzo, named for the man the company is named after, was Ferrari's latest entry into their line of flagship supercars back in 2002. It replaced the old F50 in what has become debatably the most incredible line of cars in history (which includes the 288 GTO, F40, F50, Enzo, and now the LaFerrari). The first time I saw a picture of the Enzo, I was at a loss for words. Its aggressive styling screamed performance and the way its doors opened showed presence like nothing I had ever seen. Many people talk about the F40 as the greatest Ferrari ever, but to me the Enzo is the one that really stands out. For the majority of the time in my life that I have paid attention to cars, the Enzo was THE Ferrari that I loved and respected more than any other. Its brutal performance, combined with killer looks and outright rarity, made it the most desirable car ever to have come out of Maranello (in my eyes). On top of that, the Enzo set the bar extremely high for its successor, the LaFerrari, which could very well be the best hypercar in the world right now. So thank you, Ferrari, for this incredible car.

1. Lamborghini Miura. Considering my massive love for Lamborghini, it would be nearly impossible for me not to be thankful for the car that established them as a prominent supercar manufacturer. The Miura, which was the first in Lamborghini's legendary line of mid-engined, V12 supercars, is not only strikingly attractive but also very quick, considering its age. As this car paved the way for the Countach, Diablo, Murcielago and Aventador (which is arguably my dream car at the moment), I am forced to take a second and be thankful that Ferruccio Lamborghini believed he could create a better car than Ferrari. While I believe most Lamborghinis are good-looking because of their angular and aggressive design, the Miura is one of the few Lamborghinis that I actually consider beautiful. Its elegant design, especially in SV form, still looks incredible today. So thank you, Mr. Lamborghini, for ending your tractor manufacturing in the pursuit of building an incredible car.