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!
CORVAIR: When you care enough to drive the vairy best!