How Have You Personalized Your Car?
As a Petrolista, you probably spend a portion of each day thinking about ways in which you might add some personal touches to your car. No car is perfect, and many start at a disadvantage after having been designed for a mass market. Fortunately, there are entire industries filled with people just waiting to separate you from your money and, in exchange, help you personalize your car.
Many enthusiasts consider themselves stewards of their vehicles, entrusted with its preservation until the time comes to pass it down to the next generation. For these folks, a classic car might as well be Michaelangelo’s David, and customizing it would be akin to taking a hammer and chisel to Dave and trimming back those curly locks.
Across the street from the stewards, however, sits a group of car nuts who have been customizing their cars in ways big and small since the first horseless carriage rolled out of a barn. The alterations could be as cheap as a clock from the local auto parts store, now stuck to the dash, or as involved as an engine swap that replaces the original power plant with a monster never intended for the car. Regardless, whether they’re channeling, sectioning, chopping, dropping, or stancing their ride, this group always has designs on one more modification.
Which approach is correct? Well, perhaps Friedrich Nietzsche was right after all when he said, “You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.
And so, we want to hear your thoughts: What do you think is the cheapest thing you can do to make a genuine, noticeable improvement on your car? What do you think is the most extreme? Or do you believe that your car was perfect out-of-the-box, just the way the manufacturer designed it? Finally, we want to hear about and see your own car, so tell us about your vehicle, and what you’ve done to make it uniquely yours.