Now that’s a cold-air intake

I’ve never really had the heart to tell those young whippersnappers on Yahoo! Answers that there might possibly be better ways to spend their hard-earned cash than trying to squeeze an extra 10 hp out of [car deemed inadequately speedy]. Perhaps it’s because I lack this level of eloquence:

When you modify your car, what you’re doing is trying to resolve a deep insecurity. This is what’s wrong with modifying your VW: what issue are you exactly resolving? Safety? Reliability? Lowering your cost of ownership? My answer: you’re just bored with your ride. If you acknowledge that to be the case, you now recognize that you’re living a boring K-selection lifestyle and now is your chance to move towards an r-selection lifestyle in the fast lane.

So start modding that car. Because cars are often the only thing that has meaning to a young guy. Then, when you’re looking at settling down in 10-15 years, feel free to discard it all and start over again. Meanwhile all those boring people you dusted with your hot car have done things like travel, paid off debt, or upgraded their skills so they can write their own ticket in a down economy.

That’s gonna leave a skid mark.







4 comments

  1. fillyjonk »

    15 November 2012 · 1:34 pm

    ” you’re living a boring K-selection lifestyle and now is your chance to move towards an r-selection lifestyle in the fast lane.”

    +6, or whatever it is the cool kids say. (And I’d love to see what he’d have done with Grime’s C-S-R theory of plant life histories.)

  2. McGehee »

    15 November 2012 · 1:55 pm

    Let’s see — I modified my first car with spots of spray paint, a $5 shift knob bought at Kragen, and by trading the unbalanced tires that came with it for the well-balanced cars on my mother’s totaled car.

    #winning

  3. McGehee »

    15 November 2012 · 1:55 pm

    Argh. “…well-balanced tires…”

  4. Charles Pergiel »

    16 November 2012 · 1:02 pm

    It would leave a mark if anyone heard it. Guys who modify cars do so out of compulsion, it’s not like they have a choice. All those alternatives mentioned? They are absolutely meaningless to someone who has the car disease.

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