As a little boy, I fell in love with microcars -- which in those days were all over the streets of the Federal Republic of Germany. A German uncle drove the BMW 600. Now I am big, and own and drive my very own microcar. Microcars embody such art, genius, passion, simplicity, austerity, thought -- and folly, sometimes. OBSERVATION: See the Atlanta Microcar Museum for a wonderful photographic tour of classic microcars. My present microcar, a Mahindra Alfa, is in my view very well designed. Unfortunately the gear ratios are designed for conditions in India, not South Africa.