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April 2014 Editorialisms - Diversification

Peter Tarach
Mar 28, 2014

I love cars. I really do. And even though I grew up tinkering and modifying mainly Japanese automobiles, that doesn't mean I don't have a fascination with other fine forms of engineered metal.

I've been admiring what the classic muscle car world has been up to for many years now, taking an old chassis and modernizing it with powertrains, suspension, and interiors that rival some of the best late-model automobiles on the market today. There's a term for this brilliant craftsmanship: restomod or pro touring (which focuses more on performance), and the time and effort—not to mention the money—that go into these cars are simply mind-boggling.

It's not until you see one of these cars up close and personal that you can truly appreciate them because the attention to detail and custom fabrication surpass anything you'll find in a production car. OK, so maybe a Pagani reaches the same level of perfection, but I hope you get a sense of what I'm describing.

These classics with modern flair are not only inspirational but offer many styling cues that have trickled into the tuning scene. Shaved and tucked engine bays were a staple in the restomod world before they even became a thing in Hondas. There's a lot to take away from these rolling Picassos.

From here on out, if it's cool, fast, loud, and real, it may find itself on these pages. We'll continue to rely on the Japanese market as our core, but my hope is that you are reading Modified because you're a real enthusiast, a true gearhead, one who—like me—appreciates all types of automobiles. It's about time that this magazine begins to expand into the entire autoverse rather than just in one segment because modified cars are what we all love and live for.

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