The Car Lover

Edward Smith is one of 500 known ‘car lovers’ across the world that reside near Washington, USA, and has no problem declaring his unusual infatuation for vehicles and that he has slept with over 1,000 of them.

Known as a ‘Mechaphile” he has declared his love for a 1974 VW Beetle named ‘’Vanilla’’ and in the eye-opening Channel 5 documentary, ‘Strange Love’ from 2008 he declared, “I’m a romantic,I write poetry about cars, I sing to them and talk to them just like a girlfriend. I know what’s in my heart and I have no desire to change.” Within the documentary he also talks about how his appreciation for the curvaceous aspects of the body of a car and has sudden urges to make love to one on a daily basis, no matter how strange you think you might be…. Smith is certainly stranger.

He declares that he’s not sick, isn’t not out to hurt anybody and has never been attracted to men or women, his lust began at the age of 13 when witnessing the Corvette Stingray, ‘’the car was pure sex and just an incredible machine. I wanted it.’’ During his life he claims that he has had many ‘lovers’ including a 1973 Opal G named Cinnamon, a 1993 Ford Ranger Splash named Ginger, and the helicopter from the famous 80’s TV show ‘Airwolf’.

Mostly, the cars I have had sex with have been in showrooms or just strangers cars parked by the side of the road

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Throughout the documentary and from interviews afterwards, it is clear that Smith is happy with his life and see’s no fault with his sexual obsession.

With the growing dominance of social networking, the known ‘Mecaphiles’ are growing on a daily basis and puts the term ‘car lover’ to a new level. The scary thing is how an individual’s lack of contact with a human being can create a somewhat deluded replacement for their inability to form lasting relationships in the world.

After researching these individuals, you feel less sickened by their sexual obsessions and more sorry for them as you delve deeper into their bizarre world.

Tom Harding

Writer for King Loaf & Alt Sounds