Too true. I didn't read all the posts but I hope OP realizes this.You've got to put in the hard work to get the reward, those are just stepping stones. Sounds to me like you're being lazy, why the **** would you skip classes that you're paying for?
For those suggesting mechanical engineering, he wouldn't be able to finish it. I'd be surprised if he got through first year. Mechanical engineering is hard work, very hard work and it doesn't align with your goals. Just because you like cars doesn't mean you should go into mechanical engineering. In fact, it has next to nothing to contribute to your hobby of cars, unless you are the type to get real geeked out calculating some intense **** about your car, which you will barely realize in performance unless you are doing some SERIOUS competing.
I don't mean to come off as a prick, I am just trying to put it bluntly. I am a 4th year mechanical engineer at arguably the best engineering school in Canada. I tell you all this through personal experience. If you are interested in mechanical engineering still, or any program for that matter, go to the campus and ask around and try to find someone in the program and just shadow them for a day or so to find out what the program really is all about. The tours that the universities / colleges give are typically a bunch of BS and don't really give you any insight into the actual program.
A word of advice though, what heyitsryan said is too true. No pain no gain. Also, don't expect money to flock in if you don't make the right moves. It's not ENTIRELY about the diploma, its about who you know and you do with those connections.