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Forum: General Banter

  • Topic: It's about time!
  • Started by CorvairJim Nov 30, 2008 at 7:42 pm
  • Last post by BRS Dec 5, 2008 at 9:18 am
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  1. #1 Nov 30, 2008 at 7:42 pm

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    Us car guys (and gals, of course!) have a duty to promote our hobby and do our best to keep it alive for others to enjoy in the future. It shouldn't matter what you choose to own or drive. I'm a Chevy guy by upbringing and by choice, and of course I specialize in Corvairs. That doesn't mean that I can't appreciate, say, a Ford or a Jaguar if they're well built and/or maintained. I may not like the modifications made to a specific car, and wouldn't even concieve of doing them on my own car, but that doesn't mean that I can't appreciate the care and workmanship that went into those mods.

    Motortopia is a website for ALL motorheads. Pony cars, muscle cars, sport compacts, dedicated race cars and daily drivers are all welcomed here. I think it's a shame when certain members can't see that every car on here is someone's pride and joy. I'm not into "Donks", Lowriders, Monster Trucks, "Ricers", and other types of vehicles. I don't think I'll ever own a car with a set of "Lambo" doors (unless it's a Lamborghini!), and I never want to have to use a stepladder to get into my car or hit a button to lift it up enough to have ground clearance to make it driveable. I don't need my car to "dance" or jack a wheel off the pavement on it's own. Does that mean these mods wrong for everyone? NO! I'm sure there are plenty of Motortopians who don't understand what I see in my Corvair, but that doesn't make it wrong for me to enjoy my car the way I do, either. Variety is GOOD! Look at the founder of this group, bencar, with two beautifully restored cars that couldn't be much different: a 70s Trans Am and an early 60s Plymouth Savoy sedan. That's the sort of variety I'd like to see every member appreciate! I know members with pickup trucks, late-model front drivers, and custom-painted muscle cars in the same garage. I know another member with a rail dragster and a mid-80s Mopar econocar. How about a Geo and an early 50s Buick? (and I'm sure many of you can put names to all three of these members!)

    Keeping an open mind about what other gearheads choose to appreciate is necessary if our hobby is to survive and thrive. So the next time you sneer at the 'Ricer' in the other lane with the unfinished body kit and the 6" exhaust tip, try to remember that the high school kid driving it it a car nut just like you are - he just likes something different. Maybe some day in the future, he'll learn to appreciate the cars you like. I've had the experience of having a high school age guy come up to me in a parking lot and ask about my Corvair. We had a very pleasant half hour conversation which wasn't confined to my car... we talked about his primered Honda Civic, too!
     

     

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  2. #2 Nov 30, 2008 at 8:38 pm

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    Amen brother, amen. I hope more people think like you and I, and not only will this Group grow, but hopefully also the hobby as a whole, and that, in my view, is a good thing. To quote an oldie, but a goodie-'United we stand, divided we fall.' Some guy by the name of Abraham Lincoln first proffered that thought over one hundred and forty three years ago, and it still applies today, even to our automotive hobby..

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    Originally posted by CorvairJim  Us car guys (and gals, of course!) have a duty to promote our hobby and do our best to keep it alive for others to enjoy in the future. It shouldn't matter what you choose to own or drive. I'm a Chevy guy by upbringing and by choice, and of course I specialize in Corvairs. That doesn't mean that I can't appreciate, say, a Ford or a Jaguar if they're well built and/or maintained. I may not like the modifications made to a specific car, and wouldn't even concieve of doing them on my own car, but that doesn't mean that I can't appreciate the care and workmanship that went into those mods.

    Motortopia is a website for ALL motorheads. Pony cars, muscle cars, sport compacts, dedicated race cars and daily drivers are all welcomed here. I think it's a shame when certain members can't see that every car on here is someone's pride and joy. I'm not into "Donks", Lowriders, Monster Trucks, "Ricers", and other types of vehicles. I don't think I'll ever own a car with a set of "Lambo" doors (unless it's a Lamborghini!), and I never want to have to use a stepladder to get into my car or hit a button to lift it up enough to have ground clearance to make it driveable. I don't need my car to "dance" or jack a wheel off the pavement on it's own. Does that mean these mods wrong for everyone? NO! I'm sure there are plenty of Motortopians who don't understand what I see in my Corvair, but that doesn't make it wrong for me to enjoy my car the way I do, either. Variety is GOOD! Look at the founder of this group, bencar, with two beautifully restored cars that couldn't be much different: a 70s Trans Am and an early 60s Plymouth Savoy sedan. That's the sort of variety I'd like to see every member appreciate! I know members with pickup trucks, late-model front drivers, and custom-painted muscle cars in the same garage. I know another member with a rail dragster and a mid-80s Mopar econocar. How about a Geo and an early 50s Buick? (and I'm sure many of you can put names to all three of these members!)

    Keeping an open mind about what other gearheads choose to appreciate is necessary if our hobby is to survive and thrive. So the next time you sneer at the 'Ricer' in the other lane with the unfinished body kit and the 6" exhaust tip, try to remember that the high school kid driving it it a car nut just like you are - he just likes something different. Maybe some day in the future, he'll learn to appreciate the cars you like. I've had the experience of having a high school age guy come up to me in a parking lot and ask about my Corvair. We had a very pleasant half hour conversation which wasn't confined to my car... we talked about his primered Honda Civic, too!
     

     

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  3. #3 Dec 5, 2008 at 8:11 am

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    I really love the vision and goals of this group. Exactly what we are looking for on Motortopia!
     

     

    "What is that feeling when you're driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? — it's the too-huge world vaulting us, and it's good-by. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies."
    - Jack Kerouac, On the Road,
  4. #4 Dec 5, 2008 at 8:58 am

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    Hey Guyz It that crazy dude REV HARD just thought I'd let you know the way I'm doing my part is Braching out to the younger generation.
    I have allowed www.bubajoe1( Ithink thats how you spell it )
    any way I've been working with him inregards to branching out my club & opening a Chapter of it in Nebraska.
    He doesn't live very far from midwestmike so the two of them can get together & put thier thoughts together & make something of the new Chapter: it's called The RPM BURNERS CAR CLUB & TEAM RACING NEBRASKA CHAPTER!
    Look it up I think you like what you'll see so far. thanks Rev Hard
    PS. Lets all start talking about setting up a car show for Motortopia Members Only In the Spring time, If we start talking about it now, by the time comes around we will have enough people registered to have a very nice showing.
    I think we should put this Idea out to all group moderators & see what the response may be.
    I'm sure that after the hollidays every one interested will be able to pitch in a Contribution to get us started.
    hit me up & let me know what you think of the idea!
    Rev Hard scratchchin image hyper image scratchchin image
     

     

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  5. #5 Dec 5, 2008 at 9:18 am

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    I love the cars from the 60's and 70's, mostly because I grew up in that era and it brings back alot of good memories. That doesn't mean that I don't enjoy looking at all types of cars and trucks. I love to see other folks ideas and how their inovations work with their platform. It really aggravates me when I hear people say things like, "that looks stupid", or "I wouldn't have done that", ect. My response to them is, "Where is your car"? You have to appreciate other peoples hard work and ideas. I recently had a younger guy buy a fuel tank from me and he brought his slammed Nissan pickup truck when he came by to get it. The truck was "a work in progress" to say the least. It was something that I really wasn't interested in but I knew the hard work this kid was doing to the vehicle. He had made some serious mods to the suspension as well as other cosmetic changes. The truck was partly shot in primer and was no where close to being completed. He spoke to me about what his visions were. I took time and looked at his work and praised him for it. You could see he appreciated my comments and he was proud of his accomplishments, as he should have been. My point is you don't have to like what you looking at to appreciate someones hard work. A few kind words can have a significate impact.
     

     

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