The import tuner car scene was popular in the ’90s and exploded in the early 2000s when Fast and the Furious movies Hit it big. Tuning cars such as Honda Civics, Mazda RX-7s, Toyota Supras and other Japanese cars were popular with enthusiasts.
Over the years, many of these enthusiasts have shared their ideas and knowledge online and in person at car meetings and other events. This exchange, along with the development of the automobile industry, created a culture in the import tuning community.
However, this culture has become a bit outdated in recent years, if not a bit dumb. How do we know? Cars YouTuber David Patterson – better known as This guy is in blue He recently posted a video titled “Car Culture Is Getting Dumber.”
In the video, he asks his viewers, “What’s the worst car argument you’ve ever heard?” Some of the answers show that some imported car enthusiasts on the scene are clearly a bit misguided. Here are five reasons.
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1. Some enthusiasts believe that front wheel drive is best for drifting because the power is in the front wheels
Whether or not you know a lot about cars, you probably know that you need a rear-wheel drive car to be able to drift. Sending power to the rear wheels and controlling the steering wheel in a precise manner can result in gentle gliding. However, you can’t expect the same from a front-wheel drive car.
“I want to make it absolutely clear, that a front-wheel drive car’s skidding does not drift,” Patterson says. “It might slide electrically or it might do a great job for the electronic brake.”
2. “Respect each builds. But taste is a different thing.”
This viewer’s comment was mainly referring to the fact that enthusiasts should respect everyone’s car build, even if said car build consisted primarily of cheap Autozone parts. This is not necessarily true. Sure, we shouldn’t beat other people’s buildings, but having good taste is another story.
“Have some flair, find some build online, and think ‘what would I want to go for even if it’s on a tight budget?'” Patterson said. “Do some research, don’t jump to the conclusion that more stuff in your car is better.”
3. Some enthusiasts think getting in and out of traffic makes you a ‘driver’
We’ve all seen them before, drivers speeding by us on the highway weave in and out of traffic as if the cars around them were traffic cones. It’s dangerous, it’s stupid, and yet these drivers think they are “real drivers” by doing it. They are not. Instead, they put their lives at risk just like the others around them.
“Nine times out of 10, if not 10 out of 10, when someone tells me ‘I’m a good driver,’ I refuse to sit in the passenger seat with them,” Patterson said. “Modest people are usually safer because they understand the risks.”
4. “Awesome acquisitions”
no they are not. If you don’t know what a street takeover is, it’s when a large group of car enthusiasts “take over” a car, an empty street, or sometimes a busy intersection to do the slacker and cake.
During these coordinated takeovers, many cars crashed and people were injured due to the recklessness of the drivers involved. The takeovers are stupid and should stop, but unfortunately they probably won’t.
5. Some enthusiasts prefer automation because it is “faster”
We really can’t beat anyone for wanting to drive an automatic, especially since some cars like the R35 Nissan GT-R only come with an automatic transmission. Also, it is true that a lot of newer cars with automatic transmissions are faster than their counterparts with manual transmissions. However, every true enthusiast knows that there is no such thing as changing gears yourself.
“It’s a favourite, if someone wants to drive a car, let them drive. But should we memorize the brochures? Absolutely!” Patterson said.
Has the car import tuning culture become a file? crap?
Yes and no. Just like any other kind of culture, fad, or “in the thing,” the car landscape will have its ups and downs. Remember the spinners? We digress.
At the end of the day, anyone can do anything they want with their car and we should all be able to attend car meetings and races with the same kind of respect. However, a few rotten apples always spoil the bunch when they show no respect.
Case in point, don’t kill the car culture and show respect to fellow enthusiasts so we can all enjoy our cars without any judgment or negativity.
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