I'm not a parent, but I do have a 🐱.We're becoming a society that prioritizes safety over play instead of striking a balance. As a parent I am aware I am part of that evolution and I tell myself to worry less.
I know of too many cases of cats with very short lifespan so I see that slightly differently. They tend to cross right in front of cars. But we are shifting a lot in our perception of how much risk is acceptable.I'm not a parent, but I do have a 🐱.
It's quiet around here with plenty of gardenspace to explore, even so we have got in the habit of keeping him in late afternoon when the traffic's slightly busier. Perhaps I'm part of that evolution too 🤔
Nice to see you on this forum.. I think you are on the other one.Great thread! I'm 37 now so still just an apprentice old git, but I completely understand where people are coming from. The 'stanced' thing with big wheels and silly camber is blatently dangerous and needs to stop, regardless of what car it's on. Never understood that trend.
As it would happen I took my BRZ to a JDM car meet yesterday, with an old school friend and his MX5. Back when we were kids we would attend the night-time meets in retail park car parks which were usually also attended by plod and could get a bit... interesting. Even back then we tended to park in the corner and look on from a safe distance. The Max Power days were fun in a way but even then of course drew the ire of most people.
The meet yesterday was eye opening, reassuring, and worrying. Some of the modifications people are doing don't make sense to me and don't seem worth the effort - 750hp in a Civic - what use is that going to be? The positive take away was a large group of people who are enthusiastic about their cars, and that's always a good thing in my book. Today's folk who are interested in one silly thing can easily be tomorrow's folk who've learned how suspension works and how to setup a car. The sad thing though was still the need for people to show off when leaving - be it skids or making a racket with their exhaust. I doubt that will ever change.
I love my BRZ. It's really surprised me since I bought it on a bit of a whim in 2020. It has genuine chassis balance and aside from some minor niggles it's a fantastic car to own. Easy to work on, comfortable for long distances, and reasonably practical. I'm possibly on the other end of the spectrum to most people here - my goal is to keep it as standard and as mint as I possibly can. It's garaged, doesn't go out in the wet or salt (unless I really need to), and is always kept spotless inside and out. It's both a nice thing to own and enjoy, as well as a bit of an investment. But it's probably a good thing I also like walking.
My other car is a Caterham which I've owned since 2007. There's absolutely nothing standard about that anymore and it gets the ever living snot kicked out of it whenever it's used, usually on track. It's weapons grade entertainment and means I can enjoy the BRZ as a pure GT cruiser.
Facebook and Instagram - neither of which I partake in anymore - just seem to be about making as much noise as possible with the aim of one day getting your 5 minutes of fame. There's a living in it for some people of course, but a lot of other people I suspect naively see it as being easy and wasting a lot of time and energy taking to 'make it'. Young people don't want to be engineers, designers, actors, or vets anymore - they just want to be influencers. Having the ability to see everyone else's every move is not natural and as a society we've got some big problems ahead.
Actually to me no car looks amazing stanced out. Stanced to me says ruined car handling and practicality. I love cars that perform well. Stancing borks it. And is clear sign that owner doesn't care how car performs and that for arguable looks willing to sacrifice anything. I may like base car of some model, but stance imho is just unlucky fate for any car to meet.But even an LC500 can look amazing Stanced out Plus they have a v8 so lovely exhaust note when given a pipe of its own.
Yes I'm on the other one as well (not sure why there are two but nevermind). I had to register here to buy a set of spare wheels recently so now you're stuck with me!Nice to see you on this forum.. I think you are on the other one.
I was tipped off about this Podium Place JDM meet but could not make it as i had other commitments.
Would like to meet another fellow BRZ owner locally and i am in the same age bracket as you , so thinking am still young but writing like an old man...
Power and torque are the 2 numbers that have been bragged about since the days of the performance car, so 750 BHP is nice for pub bragging rights. Whether its of any use on public roads, NO.
So you were 47 at the time of posting, which means you are 55 this year. The big question is are you still driving the 86 now?So I joined a few GT86 Facebook groups. Damn I feel old now.
It seems as though, now the original twins are out there nearing 10 year old, they are cheap as chips and the 19-20 something zoomers are buying them up, pimping and blinging them into clown cars and plastering them over instagram.
"Tag me on insta bae #pimpmyride"
It bizarre. There are kids simply throwing money on bling parts based entirely on what some kid of Facebook says. If you point out that those part might actually serve a purpose, for, you know, driving the car safely and performantly and you get flamed for putting the kid down.
If you point out that the clown suspension actually just means the car is broken, has no grip, no traction and basically looks like a stupid clown car.... oh boy, are they a sensitive little bunch. Mucho panty bunching.
Then... then there are the multiple posts a WEEK where some moron has binned his blinged 86 into a tree being as idiot and... it's putting all our insurance premiums up. The rich kids are the best though, "Binned it. Had to happen. Eying a new one now. #rip-it-up"
Of course there are almost an equal number of "I'm going to boost the **** out of my FA20" and "My FA20 blew up, where do I get a new one?" posts.
The best is 15 year olds who have posters of GT86s on their bedroom walls giving me sh!t about pretending to own one... after 8 years ownership and 2 GTs from brand new.
It's deeply horrifying but then again, I AM actually old. (47)