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When I got my driving license in 1988, I had all of that in mind, so instead of buying a new car and being stuck with just one to drive, which made me feel as if I would be missing out on a lot, I decided to get more than just one car. I decided to get as many as I possibly could.
I went to the biggest rental car company I could find, the one with the biggest collection of different brands, and I made a contract with them. At first, they thought that I was joking or maybe pulling a fast one on them, but they saw how determined I was, and we made a contract which allowed me to change a car on a regular basis, at my discretion. It was not cheap, but it was worth it.
I started with SUVs: Jeep Wrangler, Chevrolet S-10 Blazer, Ford Bronco II, Nissan Patrol HT, Toyota Land Cruiser 60, Mitsubishi Pajero 3.0 and many more. I drove them everywhere, on the beach, in the desert, in the mountains, on sand, and even rock and the occasional mud. I learned proper off-road driving on these cars by getting stuck in every possible way, and sometimes in impossible ways, but I always got the car out, even if it took all night.
After SUVs I wanted to learn how to drive properly on a track. I started getting sports cars and coupes like Chevrolet Camaro, Ford Mustang, Pontiac Trans Am, BMW M3, Porsche 911, Nissan ZX300 and many more, but the thing is that at that time we had no racing tracks in the U.A.E., so what my friends and I did was look for an empty paved parking lot that was far from populated areas, and we started to host our own track days. I learned a lot from these experiences. I learned that the fastest car was not necessarily the best handling car, that a relatively under-powered car like a Honda CRX was the best driving, sweetest riding, most fun car to have, even more than a Porsche 911.
That contract lasted for two years, during which I drove a lot of cars and learned a lot. My only criteria for choosing a car was that it had to be "cool" somehow and had to appeal to me in someway. Those two years were possibly the best years of my youth. That was the period during which I got to learn about cars and driving, and met a lot of good friends along the way. Needless to say that as far as my potential goes as a professional race driver, let's just say that I was made for greater things. I suck! Oh, and about my first car, it was more than just one car. It was all those cars that I drove back then.