This is a good subject that I’ve always been pationate about. Here’s my problem. When you were in high school, did you dump all the money you had into your vehicle? I know I sure did. I still have my 68 Camaro in my garage. I’ve given up on it temporarily, maybe when I’m older I can fix it up. This isn’t the problem though. Why don’t alot of people get out of this phase? I understand the fact that we all want nice “things”. I do to. The problem is that it’s all just stuff. There’s a few things that really irritate me too. Lifted trucks, Rice rockets, and let’s call it the Super Uppers. Understand where I am coming from. I think that every car should be used for it’s original intent. Anything other than that is a waste in my opinion.
First we have the lifted trucks. I think that some of the lifted trucks out there are decent looking. That’s about it though. They completely negate their purpose when you lift them. They are designed to carry people and haul/tow things. Now yes, I understand that they are good to go offroading in sometimes. On the other hand, if you put more than a 4 inch lift on your truck, your starting to ruin your offroad capabilities. When do people every need to go over a 18″ tall rock and need that clearance? All your doing is making your truck top heavy and blowing your ability to stop. When I see these lifted F350 Trucks with 20 inch wheels and a paint job that you would never risk getting a chip in, WHAT ARE YOU DOING? Why do you need it? What about Hummers? They were original intended to be military vehicles capable of doing incredible things like climbing an 18″ vertical obstacle, running the engine while it is submersed in water, and being able to take a brutal amount of punishment. Now they are a status symbol for businesses and people with more money than sense. Unless you take your hummer off roading, need to drive it into a lake, or need to be able to bounce off rocks and keep going, your Hummer is useless.
What about Rice Rockets? I have a Honda Accord 4 door that is capable of taking me and 3-4 other friends to various locations. Once again, it follows it’s original intent. Now the Rice Rockets that have Folgers cans for exhaust tips and a Rear spoiler the size of the car, are the ones I have problems with. First of all, having a loud car does not make you go faster. Because it sounds like a swarm of bees constantly follows your car, it does not in fact make you “Fly”. Granted you’ve got a Rear spoiler bigger than most airplanes wings, but you are not in fact “flying”. The Rear spoiler is the stupidest thing that people have put on their import cars. You realize that you have a Front Wheel Drive car and yet you are putting down-force on the back of your car resulting in less traction than without the wing. You put a wing on a car because you cannot keep your tires from spinning because you have too much power and not enough down-force. Therefore, once again negating the entire purpose of the thing. They are import passenger cars people, not racecars. Now if you happen to have a Toyota Supra or a Nissan Skyline then by all means, put a wing on it and they already come stock with the Folgers can on the back. Those are rear wheel drive cars that need downforce because they are extremely powerful cars.
Last but not least, the “Super Uppers”. These are the cars that find the “Chrome” that goes around your windows, wheel wells, and anywhere else you can find. In addition, they have the Flames covering their lights, door handles, and windshield wipers. In addition to wheels ranging from the “deep dish spoked” wheels to the 26″ Giovani’s. This stuff is all ridiculous. On a rare occasion it will actually add appeal to your vehicle where most of the times is just signifies that your insecure with your self and you need convince everyone else that you’re cool. Once again though, if your going off roading, get yourself some locking, offroading durable wheels. Or if you have a racing car, get some nice light racing wheels that won’t explode with the heat that you’re going to throw at them. If you have a “Show Car” then get an extremely nice paint job, nice interior and so forth. If you’re going to the supermarket and to work, you don’t need these things. They are a waste of money that could be put to use in a more beneficial way like your kids college funds or your own retirement funds.
What do you think? Do you think I’m rationalizing the fact that I have a muscle car that get’s terrible gas mileage and has the nice wheels on them? Or do you agree that form should follow function?