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Jonathan Wong June Editorial - Wong Way

Knock on Wood

Jonathan Wong
Jun 25, 2007
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Knock on wood,but it's been years since I've been pulled over for a fix-it violation; that's a really good thing considering my cars tend to double as magnets for bullish citations. I think the very last time was for no front plate versus one for being too low or loud. But still, that little extra bit of revenue the city claims isn't being enforced, in collaboration with its army of camera lights, in my opinion, is complete bull. Now that I parade around in a lowered IS 300, and occasionally in my low-pro 240, I wonder: why am I not being pulled over anymore? Am I too old for this crap (finally) or is not driving a Honda really what keeps the HP off people's backs?

Other than costing more than double the price of a Civic, I don't see how my Lexus could pass for street legal height. Basically, it's just a more exotic version of what any other kid is doing to his car except mine is, well, way cooler. I slammed it down as far as I could and I couldn't get a ticket if I beg for it. My Civics were always at the minimum height under California law-21-inches off the ground or the length of a cop's baton-and they consistently insisted that my car was too low. My 240 should be a pig's wet dream come true; you could throw the book at it with its lack of CARB EO numbers. But now (thankfully), I'm actually more afraid of it being stolen than I am of being pulled over. Then again, my lack of tickets is probably a result of me wisely avoiding problematic areas for 240s.

Clearly, I'm reminiscing about the very things I wished would go away when I was a teenager. Do I miss being the deviant that I once was? Not really. I'll just shut my mouth, now.

By Jonathan Wong
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