Why do we build and modify cars? Maybe it’s because we love picking up a wrench and turning. Perhaps we want a better-performing automobile; then again, we might just want it to look different than all the other cars on the road.
The reasoning behind our passion shouldn’t really matter, yet we’re constantly bombarded with forum posts by people telling others what they should change on their car or how they should use it. The forums have quickly turned into a war zone of back-and-forth banter as to why someone has a massive wing or rollcage installed when they don’t track their car, or how their wheels fit so poorly, and so on.
Many people argue that when anyone posts a photo of their car online, they’re asking for some type of approval or validation, which automatically makes it fair game to criticize and comment. There’s truth to that, but if the owner has expressed his reasons for choosing certain parts or going for a certain look, then who are you to tell him he’s done it wrong? Just because it doesn’t fit the norm of what most of the community is doing doesn’t mean it’s poorly built.
My biggest gripe is the ride-height debate. Not everyone lives in sunny California, where the roads are smooth and flat — there are parts of this country where weather destroys road surfaces, making it nearly impossible to get around with a slammed car. Or perhaps not going too low is a simple matter of wanting to retain some ride quality in a car. Can we stop with this nonsense already? I think most people already lower their cars as much as they can to appease themselves and the masses, so telling them to go lower is a waste of Internet bandwidth. Much like telling someone to track his car when it’s been built to be a show car, it’s just not necessary.
Our cover car, a feverishly clean WRX (page 24), and the two S13 coupes (page 48) showcased in this issue are great examples of top-tier builds that don’t need time slips or sideways action to prove their worth. The owners are content showing them off at shows and even driving them, as Dimitri Tsougas does in his WRX. They aren’t about performance as much as they are about looks, and even though Modified typically shies away from cars such as these, there are always exceptions, and these were deemed worthy.
It’s great to provide feedback and suggestions on other people’s rides, but before you get on your soapbox and preach about how someone else’s car should be built or driven, remember that it’s not yours. Save the drama for the reality TV shows; we don’t need it on car forums.
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