An old Dacia against waste and throw-away mentality
- and for a new attitude to life
Some facts about our project car:
Model: Dacia 1310 tx
Power: 40 KW / 54 HP
Torque: 96 Nm at 3300 rpm
Displacement: 1289 ccm
Gearbox: 4-gear MT
Weight: 910 KG
Measurements (l x w x h): 4348 x 1636 x 1355 mm
The blue paint has long faded; the body is marked with dents and scratches. Chromed door handles open the gate into a different, way more placid world: Into a passenger compartment, very spartan – yet still visually dainty at the same time, in a way which is no longer conceivable today.
The car – a Dacia 1310 tx from 1985; more than thirty years of age. Its time of active passenger transportation – it was on the road in the area of Sopron, Hungary for decades – are long gone … today the Dacia serves for an art project: As a driving poster child for the philosophy of a Freizeitpionier (pioneer of leisure).
A Freizeitpionier? That is someone who lives his individual dreams instead of subordinating them to social obligations; somebody who defines himself by what he’s been experiencing and sensing – and not what he’s been achieving. Further, someone who knows how to manage his own capacities.
Consequently, a Freizeitpionier won’t deride this old car; he will see much more in it than just a piece of scrap metal: Someone who has bethought of using existing capacities – instead of wasting them and paying a high price for this prodigality – won’t spurn something that can still be of good use to him.
Definitely, this automotive relict from the cold war is still able to serve a purpose – one that’s to this day the main function of even the most expensive modern car: The Dacia runs – and thus is able to bring its owner to his destinations just like a costly conveyance; all in all much more economically than a modern car.
Economically – a word which seems to leave a nasty taste in some people’s mouths: Economically, like a synonym for "not good enough“ or "not befitting his rank“; some people hold the view that thrift is wrong in a general sense: That the better way is always to work more and harder to achieve more, to – often completely unnecessarily – have the attainable optimum in every field, instead of using what’s already there.
Well, even for a Freizeitpionier, thrift is definitely not reasonable in any case; at least not when it comes to the things which are really essential in life – in this case it’s not efficience, but effectiveness that counts.
A Freizeitpionier knows how to use his personal capacities efficiently to achive effectiveness in the essential things in life. He focusses on his actual dreams – and not on unimportant side issues which will just devour capacities unnecessarily … because the creation of capacities again means ressources which have to be expended first.
This exact idea, to use existing capacities – instead of incurring an insatiable vortex of investing, is what this car represents: It stands for an existing capacity which can be used … but which use however – and that’s the main point – is almost unthinkable in our modern society … what comes along with the circumstance that additional ressources (work, time, money) have to be spent in order to acquire "society-conformable" capacities (like a new car).
So this old Dacia is protesting against the social compulsion to squander existing capacities (like eg. machines which are well workable) and thus overcomplicate life in areas (work, living) which actually distract from the truly important spheres of life (individual fulfilment, living one’s dreams).
Indeed – in our present time it has become difficult to imagine to drive a 30 year old car in Austria: For the annual inspection it is by far no longer sufficient that all safety-relevant parts are working … a bit patina on a brake line – no MOT; varyingly strong glowing bulbs in the speedometer – no MOT … and so on.
Yes – it does not take much for a car to be considered "ready for the scrap heap“ nowadays … what’s pretty much in the interest of the government and economy: Someone signing a new lease contract every few years means taxes and volume of sales – and moreover, the lessee is bound to the daily grind.
But not just politics is making it increasingly difficult to keep using old cars: Many a fellow man loves to make disparaging remarks towards people who drive an old car (or in general use old, outdated objects).
"Gosh, how can you drive a wreck like that?!",
"Those shitboxes should be all taken off the road!",
"I would not get on a heap like that!",,
"I’d be ashamed to drive such a clunker!"
Those are just a few verbal examples on how philistinism can increase sales … and at the same time the level of stress, which comes along with the need to earn the sums necessary to „benefit one’s rank“ and keep pace with others.
For a Freizeitpionier, this demeanour is irrelevant … he doesn’t need a car for the purpose to please others; much rather, he goes for a journey at ease: With his used vehicle that has been long discarded by the philistines – he uses his capacities efficiently for effective purposes and devotes himself intensely to the pleasures of life; while others rush to work in „their“ new SUVs – and hardly ever get to know another reality than grey everyday work.
© Thomas Sailer