Moldy oldies like me love to reminisce about the various styles and trends through the ages. Contrary to what Ricky will tell you I was not around for the chrome Cragar and candy apple paint era, but I was one of the Z. Cavaricci-clad masses who embraced the Euro-look. Think color-matched everything, from the centers of your three-piece Epsilon mesh wheels to bumpers, grilles and even Baby Turbos. Yamz may be the only one to remember Vitalonis but what about the tribal/tear/splash graphics period? This dingleberry clung on for far too long and some of you still can't move forward-you know who you are. Do yourself a favor and break free of the vinyl that binds you.
Some styles don't go away as much as evolve over time. Look at the JDM movement. It started with Gathers radios and Japanese market headlight conversions and morphed into the discriminating selection of top shelf J-spec aftermarket wares like those on our Evolicious cover car. And what about SpoCom, which is Japan's poor translation of our poorly interpreted riceboy style. G-games flipped the script on this trend by sending a USDM tC to Japan for a SpoCom treatment with a tuner flair.
My point is that there was a time when a certain style or trend would kick off its shoes and stay for a while. Today things move at a much more rapid clip. One moment something can be the toast of YouTube, but in less time than it takes to download, it's all played out. Trends are being redefined and reassigned as soon as the hipsters can get their haute little hands on them.
A perfect example of this is VIP-a broad term applied to everything from a 15 year-old Lexus LS to a Continental GT with a diamond-encrusted shift knob and two-million-dollar wheels. We were on this VIP tip way back in our April '03 issue with a feature on James Chen's Q45. We may have been slightly ahead of the curve with that one, but four years later we thought it would be nice to break down this VIP style for you. Nick, Kelvin and the crew at Falken are already pushing hard with their version of VIP called AutoLuxury, and this month's Gluck Z3 Quickie feature is behind the velvet ropes of an entirely different VIP room.
As of late, our pals at C16 have been all about the anti-bling, focusing on the flattest of the flat black rides like Ken Block's CLS55 and Eddie Hahm's Rice Rat Evo. But is gloss black the new matte black or vice versa? I can only hope that Wink mirrors and Miami Vice linen jackets make a comeback because when that happens I'll smoke all you fools.