10 November 2022
Jeremy Clarkson once said, ‘That’s what non-car people don’t get. They see all cars as just ton-and-a-half, two tons of wires, glass, metal, and rubber. That’s all they see. People like you and I know; we have an unshakable belief that cars are living entities. You can develop a relationship with a car. And that’s just what non-car people don’t get.’
However, there are relationships, and there’s Objectophilia or object sexuality which refers to individuals who tend to develop strong romantic attachments or bonds with objects or structures.
Nathaniel, a man from Arkansas, was, and may still be, in a committed relationship with his car, a 1998 Chevy Monte Carlo called ‘Chase’. He said that he was in love with Chase, that the pair communicated telepathically, had sex in numerous positions and even had a favourite song – Can’t fight this feeling by REO Speedwagon.
He said that his interest in cars began as a teenager, but he didn’t think too much of it and had several girlfriends when he was growing up.
But he said he never felt true love until he met Chase, and now the couple is inseparable.
It seems that this type of loving relationship, Objectophilia, isn’t all that unusual; some people feel a strong emotional or sexual relationship with an inanimate object, such as the Berlin Wall and a Boeing 747.
I hope Jeremy doesn’t feel the same about his Lamborghini tractor down at Clarkson’s farm.