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Growing Down - Editorial

Knowing The Difference Between Wrong And Wronger.

Matt “Rodrez” Rodriguez
Jul 21, 2011
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After a few extremely stressful months, the seventh annual Eibach Meet is now planted firmly in the past. Don’t get me wrong, I love helping to put this event together, and as stressful and time-consuming as it proves to be year after year, I’m always extremely satisfied once we see the end result: hundreds of Hondas, enthusiasts, hand-picked vendors and even a few newcomers all stomping the concrete together snapping pictures, asking questions and interacting with one another. Of course, not all was sunshine and roses this year, just like any other. In fact, in the morning and early afternoon, it looked like there wouldn’t be any sunshine at all. Doused with an uncharacteristically chilly rainfall to start the day, I had that sinking feeling in my stomach—you know, the one that reminds you this could all fall apart in the blink of an eye. However the masses wouldn’t be stopped by rain, sleet or, well, you get the picture. People just wanted to see some Hondas and weren’t afraid to get a little damp in the process. Once the rain was swept away by a sky full of sunshine and white fluffy clouds, even more visitors made their way to the quaint cul-de-sac in the heart of Corona’s business park village, and all was good…for the most part.

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Mob Mentality
Much like the rain and sunshine battle, there always seems to be some good with the bad during large events like this. In this case, a situation occurred with the towing of a nonregistered, noninsured vehicle that was on the street. This of course created a scene of which I struggle to find a comparable situation that presented as much embarrassment. The crowd that seemed to swell bigger and bigger by the minute began yelling profanities at the officers and tow truck driver. Threats were made, personal verbal attacks launched, and I could do nothing but shake my head in disbelief. Here were grown-ups, probably in their mid- to late 20s, acting like 15-year-olds. I can’t even comprehend how someone could think this would help the situation in any way. I can only imagine what the newcomers thought of the antics.

Playing The Victim
We all have our personal qualms with police officers, and I’m sure just about every long-term Honda guy/girl out there has a lengthy, detailed story about how they were harassed or targeted by authorities for doing nothing more than driving down the road, minding their own business. The thing is, you need to take inventory on what it is you’re involved with. When we modify our cars, we’re often stepping outside the realm of legality. Those of you slammed to the ground, sporting N1-style exhaust systems or perhaps having just finished a K-swap, are all in the wrong according to many states’ vehicle codes. You’re supposed to be mature enough to accept that when you start turning those wrenches. Acting as if “the man” is holding you down just because you have a Honda is absolutely ridiculous. Any vehicle missing a hood, current registration and insurance would be treated the same way. This just so happened to be a highly modified vehicle in a small area that was being overseen by local authorities—something that was mentioned multiple times prior to the event.

Grim Reality
You drive one of the most-popular-to-modify cars on the planet and attract unwanted attention at every turn—expect to be pulled over. This is nothing new, and it’s not set to change anytime in the near future. Life isn’t a rap video, so how about we act our age, instill some maturity in our actions and maybe we’ll be taken a little more seriously in the future.

By Matt “Rodrez” Rodriguez
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