In an age where auto manufacturers have shifted focus away from affordable performance cars, new rarities that fit that mold tend to sell like hotcakes and the demand is always high. These models tend to have their own hype surrounding them: it can be due to key performance aspects that make them special in comparison to other manufacturers, or often times its due to a large aftermarket response for modifying them.
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John Hall comes out swinging – “The only “factory” panels left on my WRX are the front doors, and I guess the roof if you want to count that.” For those of us that aren’t comfortably familiar with Subaru’s lineup, such a claim may not be immediately obvious, but that’s exactly what John wants. However, for those in-the-know, the subtleties of John’s build speak volumes. His sedan-bodied wagon leaves almost no bolt left unturned.
The World Wide Web is constantly advancing with each passing day and it has had a massive effect on the way the automotive world interacts. The technological advancements have drastically changed the exposure that cars receive as they are shared throughout forum threads, blogs, and fan pages. Where cars were once unveiled at the long-awaited shows each year, we now enjoy the instant gratification that the internet offers.
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In America, automobile ownership is, for all but a few, a necessity. It serves as transportation to work, to the store, to school, and of course, a means to return home after every outing. Even enthusiasts have a need for some reliable means to get to work without breaking down.
Duality is an ever-present phenomenon in our everyday lives. It’s an interplay between mind and matter that allows us to structure an understanding of our reality. Good versus evil, hot versus cold, right versus wrong, and the one that has emerged recently in the automotive world: form versus function. We develop these dichotomies to compare and contrast the objects that we encounter and they allow us to apply subjective values to them.