Why do we love cars? It’s a simple question with almost an infinite amount of answers. Our love affair with the automobile is powerful. It has shaped the world, connecting it like never before. And this video, created by Patrick Kalyn and dubbed “Ardor Amour,” is a love letter to driving. It’s a gorgeous video with an equally-stunning C6 Corvette Z06 as its star. While not all of us own a C6 Corvette Z06, it doesn’t stop even the most unenthused car enthusiast from enjoying this clip.
In the 70-second-long spot, the C6 Corvette Z06 sweeps wide turns on tree-lined roads. The loud pops and crackles from the exhaust echo against the hillsides. A brief rest just off the road ends in an epiphany. The gray asphalt, a makeshift rest stop against the backdrop of nature, is marked with fading black swirls of rubber left behind. The C6 Corvette Z06 erupts, tires smoking, as the driver leaves his mark on the world, just like those before him.
The video doesn’t say anything we don’t know. Nor does it give us anything new to digest. Instead, it’s a reminder. It nudges us, like a dog at a dinner table hoping for scraps, to remember why we enjoy the automobile. It’s not about the horsepower, nor the price tag, nor the latest tech gizmos. And that’s because our love for the car is not honest, because our love is for driving.
And the automobile is but a tool in our enjoyment of driving. We love the sense of acceleration. The sense of speed. We like to feel our insides swish and sway as we carve curvaceous roads. We love the butterflies that flutter in our gut, and the heart racing in our chest. We love the sounds – the car’s intake and exhaust churning together in our ears. There are few things as exciting as driving, and this video, along with the Chevrolet Corvette C6 Z06, capture it perfectly.