It goes without saying that when you’re modifying your car, it’s all about personal preference though what is around you often influences the end result, it’s this phenomenon that leads to different areas and greater still, different country’s often having their own recognised style. What made me think of this recently was a post on the oldschool.co.nz forums about Simmons Wheels, during said post, the inevitable pictures of Rotary powered vehicles were posted, in particular an Australian RX2. This one;
This is the exact style I think of whenever the Australian car scene is mentioned. Large wheels that make any attempt at lowering the car essentially redundant. Some shiny paint but nothing excessive done to the exterior, perhaps some ghastly airbrushing but for the most part not all bad externally except for the exposed front mount coolers.
Now, if someone was thinking NZ “Style” the horrific image that comes to my mind, is crap like this;
De-Bumpered, a ghastly colour, horrific “dumpy” muffler, trailer wheels, white lettered over-sized tyres, poorly applied flares and springs essentially removed. Half arsed “For Sale” sign on the window which it’s sole purpose is to retrieve phone numbers from the kinds of girls that have “ROTA” tattoos.
Won’t someone think of the children?
Oh… it looks like this person has.
Now, other than perhaps needing slightly more appropriate wheels for the rear, this is a much nicer example. What’s curious is that in NZ the simple and clean look is often over-looked in favour of a much more brash “LOOK AT ME” version.
If you’re interested in scoping out more examples of the above “styles” then for NZ just visit trademe.co.nz and search for older cars. For Aus. I imagine they have a auction/sales website similar or just peek at any of the Summernats galleries.
…and just in case you’re offended by this post and have to be reminded, this is just my opinion it’s not law, it’s not gospel. If you like the things I don’t then good for you!