For this month’s “Go Lutz Yourself” installment presented by Road&Track, former GM vice chairman Bob Lutz was asked by readers why the people haven’t ever had the privilege of hearing from a candidate who is a “car guy.”
A reader’s question reads: “The current candidates seem agnostic to the joys of owning a fine automobile. Help me choose the right guy! (Hillary doesn’t count, since by her own admission, she has not driven a car since 1996.)” Supposedly, one of the last cars Clinton drove was a 1986 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera.
Lutz replied with the following:
Thanks for the endorsement, although I should be somewhat offended that you would find it necessary to exclude Hillary! Sadly, car guys never seem to make it in politics. Maybe we’re too busy with our automotive careers or finding the money to nourish our passion. Here’s how I would choose: Select the candidate with the greatest commitment to personal freedom, the least talk of more government regulation, and the one who does not believe it is government’s holy duty to tell you how to live your life.
Sounds like a very Libertarian answer, which should surprise nobody.
America’s outgoing president, Barack Obama, did get acquainted with the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt at this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit. However, his interest was more about the push for using renewable resources, and less about the appreciation of the automobiles themselves.
Unfortunately, Lutz was born in Switzerland, so he can’t run for president.