No problem Collin.
Automotive classes aren't really going to tell you what kind of engineer you want to be... especially if they're hands on. If you want a career as a grease monkey (no offense to those of you who are, I call myself that too), you don't want to waste your time on an engineering degree to do it. If you want to design parts, that's another matter. The automotive aftermarket is exactly where I want to be, and that's the reason why I decided I wanted to be an ME waaaaaaaaay back when I was 14 years old also. I haven't regretted it since. I'm not in the auto aftermarket yet, but I'll get there one day. Working up to a good management level and making LOTS of friends in the right places, plus trying to get out there and race to start making a name for myself (we'll see) and having a good amount of cash in my back pocket is probably how I'll get there.
My suggestion to you is to talk to universities with good engineering programs in your area, and ask to sit in on some upper level courses. Maybe you can sit in on some of the freshman intro courses too- that'll give you a good idea as to what's in store for you if you choose that route. I seriously doubt that any college would deny you sitting in on one or two classes/lectures. Ask them what's appropriate for you to see. They like someone with ambition- and if you're only 14 and thinking about degrees and career plans already, that'll impress them. Student organizations are probably one of the best places to go to for information. When I was president of my ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) chapter, we had tons of events every year bringing middle school and high school students in and showing them what we do, and what the industry is like. We had speaker meetings twice a month where we brought in companies from the outside to tell us about themselves, and show us what a mechanical engineering graduate might do in their company. Maybe an ASME student chapter near you would have Ford or some other auto company coming in for a speaker meeting, and you could sit in on it.
Talk to local companies. They may not be as willing to show you around since they're all out there trying to make a profit, but you might be able to find out when they're giving tours or open house days where you can check out their operation. Ford is extremely supportive of the university programs... the year I graduated, they donated $12 million to UT Austin, $7 million of which went straight to the engineering department. Call their recruiting department- they might have something for you too. You never know until you try...
I just want you to get an idea of what working as an engineer is really like, especially on the design side. It'll be pretty rare to be the one of like... twenty guys on an aftermarket team. Let's say you go work for Honda as a design engineer on the new Civic line- don't be surprised if your whole year is spent designing the front passenger side dash area... there's a LOT of engineering that goes into a car, and one person at the design won't own an entire assembly like the engine, transmission, or body. I talked to someone at Ford who spent 6 months working on a glovebox- it happens.
Make sure this is what you want to do. I got lucky when I made up my mind- don't leave it to luck for yourself.
Damn............ I think I've helped to sufficiently hijack this thread waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay off topic. I should split it off and call it "I wanna be an engineer!"