We live in the age where we petrol heads have given cars lives of their own. Its is quite apparent then that when the young optimist buys a car and begins a project on it, they deinitely want to stand out from the crowd.
The art of speed is one which sees enthusiasts build high perfomace cars and bikes solely for the purpose of entereing the 300km/h over a single km dragstrip or holding the record at the local track. The elite 300km/h club is the home to the fastest cars a country has to offer. This club is often bombarded with cars filled with high octane fuel unavailable at your grandad’s regular filling station. The need for speed is taken literal in this faction of car culture as these cars are even seen on a diet which sees them losing daily luxuries like airconditioning, radios, Gps and the list goes on and on. These cars are kept so sacred that they are often only seen at the track or strip. The decision to build a project car on these principles is one which chooses you instead, the love for speed comes natural, you can’t buy it, you can’t chase it.
We all use cars as a mode of transport right? so it comes as no suprise when someone pulls up next to you at the intersection and you have that desire to reach the next intersection before them. This often ends in you building a wicked street sleeper. The ultimate sleeper is a vehicle fully built on performance and nothing aesthetical besides a sticker or two and a nice set of rims. Street cars are often built by your local tuners and builders who usually work on electronics and minor physical enhancements like induction kits and downpipes. Their incredible ability to raise a standard hot hatch to over 400Bhp on stock block is inspired by German and Japanese perfomance techniques. This could ultimately mean that your everyday grocery getter transforms into a supercar capable of setting respectible figures on the track on the weekend and take the kids to school on monday.
The Art of Stance is where one really pushes the box of creativity and ultimate beauty of a car. This is all about beauty and the fitment of the overall car. Here we often look at things like wheel gap, Camber, Ride Height, Paint Quality and the overall “uniqueness”, for no two Picasso’s are the same but all Picasso’s are beautiful ofcourse ,some more than others, but thats just opinions. The budget here goes absolutly bonkers from custom forged rims and wide boy kits. These cars are built to be regular trophy queens and on weekends are seen gathering in the parking lots of shopping centres. Park-offs see these cars sitting on the ground with thanks to modern pleasures like Air Suspension with photgraphers all over the parking lot. These cars are an absolut beauty.
The car culture has never been about how much money you have to buy the most lavish cars but the amount of time, effort and love to make the car you have work and look good in whichever setup you desire. The best cars in the world are ones with built with passion.
“Life is too short to drive slow,
too short to drive boring
and too short to drive the ordinary.”
-Koketso Washington Mahlangu