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Five Words You Won't See In Honda Tuning

Aaron Bonk
Sep 1, 2008
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This Isn't A Game
This phrase is pretty common on the forums: "The Honda game." I thought it sounded kind of dumb the first time I heard it, and I still do. Games have points and scores, winners and losers. There are usually boards involved, balls to hit or kick, or at least controllers to thumb at. I'm not sure how it happened, but all of the sudden anybody who likes fixing up their Civic or Integra becomes a part of this game. Just because I don't think it's a game doesn't mean it isn't fun, but let's be clear, we're talking billions of dollars a year here and thousands of jobs. Either way, I don't feel like playing; I just want to drive my cars, work on them when I'm not driving them, and look at other people's the rest of the time. Game over.

This Isn't A Scene
Since I'm not playing the game, I guess that means I can't be a part of "the Honda scene," even though I'm not really sure what this means exactly. You won't see this word in Honda Tuning either simply because the word in and of itself represents something temporary. Sure, individual cars and projects won't last forever, but your enthusiasm for them can.

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This Isn't A Lifestyle
Event promoters like to refer to our passion for Hondas as a lifestyle. Maybe it's just me, but the Hondas I have parked in my garage don't indicate the kind of lifestyle I lead. Cars are fun but there's more to me than what I drive. Besides, anytime I hear the word lifestyle and Hondas in the same sentence it usually has something to do with a car show that I end up confusing for a nightclub. Somebody, please turn the lights on.

This Isn't A Culture
Those same event promoters also like to label us as part of an "import culture." I think this one sounds just as weird as lifestyle but still needs its own explanation. As far as I know, one's culture has to do with traits like ethnicity, nationality-the things you learned about in social studies-not whether or not you've got a slammed EF parked in your driveway. Enough with the labels, let's just enjoy our cars.

And You Probably Aren't A Tuner
Oh, and despite what they tell you, you're probably not a "tuner" either. Sorry, but if you don't operate a dyno and aren't among the few who actually know how to dial in an engine's fuel and ignition parameters, then you aren't a tuner. Incidentally, what the heck makes an Accord with some bolt-ons a "tuner car" but a Mustang with the same mods something else? We're all enthusiasts who share one thing in common. Can we start acting like it?-Aaron BonkContact:

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