Hey, gotta face it; some folks are car nuts, some are airplane nuts, some nuts for ships, scale modeling, sports, good-looking girls, music, good eats, drinks, prehistoric reptiles (or in my case, all of the above). That's the way things are.
Now, if you want to talk historically about the USA, remember that not too many decades ago, in one way or another, there was a large percentage of the household provider working in an industry that supported directly, or indirectly, the American auto industry. As a matter of fact, it could be (convincinly, I think) argued that Detroit, USA won WWII and the the "residue" of that experience, coupled with the pent-up need for getting out of the wartime doldrums was spearheaded by Detroit almost as quickly as "we" could retool from wartime materiel to satisfy hungry consumers.
"longer, lower, wider, faster" was the American way from toasters and TVs to the all-time style-leaders...the USA car. Now, the inroads being successfully achieved by our overseas competitors are adding more fire to the, second to home ownership, the most significant current purchase many will make. It's only natural that there is so much interest with cars so many people.
On the other hand, you can get your bush pilots license and take you girlfriend to Alaska to photograph your own big deal; and get eaten by the friggen' grizzley bears. Me...give me a canted-valve 351 Cleveland Cobra or a couple of PW
R1830-94s any day...jack