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Challenges and the politics that go with them...

By Grim

I recently had a conversation on the topic of Motortopia Challenges with one of my better Motortopia friends. What we concluded was pretty much this:

I've voted many times on cars that obviously cost less than the ones they were competing against but I give credit for "wrench time". My mantra is "built not bought". Although the high-dollar cars are nice to look at, it's pretty hard to respect the guy that owns it when he doesn't know a thing about it! A good many of the true rodders here would say they have ****boxes but a lack of abundance in the funds department have slowed their build's progress. These people DO NOT HAVE ****boxes, what they have are works in progress! Any hotrodder worth his salt knows the difference so screw the naysayers. I catch so much crap for driving my '64 but the people giving me the crap are the same ones driving new Hondas. I take the same truck to the local rod-runs and before I know it, the people that know their old iron are taking pics! So, you keep doing what you're doing and always know the REAL rodders are taking notice! Everybody else just doesn't get it.

I doubt everybody on the site will agree with me but luckily we live in a country where we all have the freedom to express our individual opinions.

Happy Hotrodding!

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Montreux_Blue
Jun 10, 2008 at 11:58 pm
Anyone, well almost anyone, can buy a new Corvette. I takes a real car person to work on and fix up an old American classic. And they think they are better than us too!
 
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MonzterRacing
Nov 23, 2007 at 6:26 pm
I most certainly agree with Grim. I have for many, many years done basically all the work on my cars and motors. I get a great feeling of pride when people come up and say things like that is one awsome car. Yeah I race my cars and it shows all the wear and tear on them and yes I still show them. I hate the trailer queens. I drive my cars even with aliminum rods in and out of all our local car shows. Hell I even drive them to the car shows with open headers, slicks, race gas, and all. I take a big risk of hurting things, getting a flat,and every car show I attend I leave it putting on a good show of horsepower! That's what I built it for, RACING. I get so upset when you hear how a multi tens of thousands car just sits inthe garage until the big shows and most of the time they are bought that way. Yeah if you get the cars at a good deal then I could understand but don't knock the cars that are in work or not perfect just because you have the money. I will look at the time spent by the owner in wrench time over the value of the car or money spent. Basically What exactly did you do to the car? Yeah lots of money makes nice cars but I also believe that the one that does the wrenching also makes a personal statement about themselves. It gives that personal touch to the car. That is what Hot Rodding is all about !!!! Don't judge a book by it's cover. Look or listen to see what all that person has done and if they really know what it is that has been done to their ride. Don't be judging others work if you are only a poser yourself !!!!!
 
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71_Charger
Sep 3, 2007 at 2:38 pm
I agree with Grim 100%.
Even some of those with classics buy em that way, Done and ready to run.
What fun is that???
Gettin dirty, bustin a couple of knuckles, twistin a bolt and cussin'. Thats what makes a real Hot Rod.
Those are the ones that I have respect for. I realise some don't have the knowledge to rebuild, that's all good. Buy one that is turn key, but take the time to learn to keep it that way.
 
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mnitetrain
Sep 2, 2007 at 1:19 pm
Have to say I pretty much agree too. Although many shows I have attended trailers outnumber drivers maybe 3 to 1.

I'm still lookin for my project car but currently have 379,000 butt miles in my M athat I have complete faith that it will start when I turn the key and I will get to where I''m going. In fact just did 2,000 mile trip to NC Outer Banks and return with no problem.

Drive what you brung!!
 
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lostindoom
Sep 1, 2007 at 8:25 am
grim speaks the truth, wrench time is worth more than money, its the pride of buildin something that is wrecked,burnt, smashed, or rotten....the passion for yer ride, any ride, that makes the deadication to the auto so wonderful....cheers to GRIM and his rods
well said Grim
 

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