i was in barnes and noble yesterday and i was browsing the magazines and a gentleman who was sitting near by asked me if "i was a car nut too" as we were both thumbing through a copy of the excellent british auto mag EVO. "yeah, i guess so!" i responded. we both had a chuckle and walked away with a few new magazines.
as for my preferences, i'm the exact opposite. i prefer tuners, but i must say real TUNERS. not show offs who put playstations and tv screens in the back of every seat. real tuned cars where the drivers rip out the radio and would never even THINK of putting subwoofers in a car because power to weight ratio is EVERYTHING.
yeah, i like civics, but sticking a wing the size of a park bench on a car is stupid, and doesn't do ANYTHING to improve handling. nor does that exhaust give you 50 hp at the wheels! the general term for these posers is "rice boy," coined by the guy who started a web page showing the foolishness of these losers. there are a few of those sites now, one of them being www.beaterz.com
. take a look at the site! it's hilarious! (although it is hopelessly out of date now...)
i like japanese cars (r34 skyline being my dream car) but i love european cars too. american muscle is something i remember with a sense of nostalgia. cars that were ripping with horsepower right off the show room floor. cars that could do 1/4 miles in times that it takes at least $20,000 worth of tuning in todays popular tuner cars to do. but what i don't remember fondly is the fact that american cars have always been plagued by one simple fact: they handle like bricks. that's been changing lately, but it's still too far behind. i've driven a few cars in my time and the handling of an impreza WRX (didn't get to drive that one, but i rode in one) simply puts a lot of other cars (including porsches) to shame!
there's a tremendous amount of fun in a hard launch, the surge of acceleration, the fact you have to fight to move your arms forward, but there's lateral g's too, and a lot of muscle car fans will never know what it's like to turn a corner and literally feel your innards shift so hard they want to leave your body! (which i guess would either thrill you or make you sick
anyway, i'm rambling again, but all cars are fun (except for that new concept volvo that was designed by women, i'm not knocking women designing cars, but good lord that car is the worst piece of garbage i've ever seen) and so long as no one gets crazy about it, everyone from the muscle car fans to the tuners can have a good time.
and if hasbro/takara will just release more alternators, we'll all be able to enjoy our cars and our 'bots.
btw, how about hot shot (or hot rod) as a hemi 'cuda? i always like 'cudas.