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One love. Late Night Wrencher. Purist. As a car enthusiast, it's a difficult journey to obtain a Highly Respected Build status. The car enthusiast is no different today than what it was decades ago, even after the Fast & Furious era – what do I mean? As seemingly bitter and drama filled of a crowd it is, many people claim there used to be the good old days where it was magical unicorns getting along with no drama or hate towards one another for having different models and makes; however, there has always been rivalries. What makes today's crowd different is the access to every opinion in this world through the interwebs and especially, dare I say, forums. Clash of opinions, segregation and simply misguided arguments tend to be the highlight of most new entrants and sometimes new ways of modifying cars – this brings us back to the point of opinions are like assholes, everyone has one. The byproduct of bigger exposure to new unconventional ways of modifications means rejection by the traditionalists is much more evident, which gives us the byproduct of more apparent bitterness, hate and unnecessary drama. All of these shenanigans lead us to the point of Car Purists. Car Purists: Individuals whom appreciate each and every section of vehicles while disregarding trends, brands, models and any peer pressure. How can you distinguish between the two types? Speak to them. With a purist, passion will run deep, it's much more meaningful than an answer of “I enjoy my car”, consider it a cheesy love, eyes will light up and even sometimes words will stutter. Now of course some person's egos won't allow them to get emotional and have their passion shine about the topic, but then how real is their passion or maybe they are passionate about a certain aspect of cars and they choose to remain that secret to themselves. Before I get carried away from my main point of this article, what I want to focus on is the following – Big Builds. All of us have dreams, some more realistic than others, but at the end of the day, those dreams most important to us will be the ones seeing the most action and progress to be achieved. Let's consider this example in a city most of us are living life, getting by and certainly no financially free. This story always occurs and it's usually from someone who often claims money isn't an issue. Every year since i've been involved in the car scene, there's a massive build that looks promising, whether it's for aesthetics or as a power-plant, few months later it's being parted out and/or for sale midway through the project. Building cars isn't cheap, and it'll never be. The amount of money required is mind boggling, and do you know what's even 100x worse? The amount of time required. You got enough Texas $$$ to build a world-class car? awesome. Do you have the money and time to chase gremlins for the next few months? I understand some have the ability to write a blank cheque to a company and have them build your wildest dream, but I feel those type of people will never understand the struggle, passion and the amount of patience required - thus in the end will never have a true appreciation of the finished art. Speaking of art, this portion is where the car scene drama applies – your objectives on what you want to have achieved through your build will receive much questioning and rejection depending on the route you plan on taking. Any platform you take on, you'll notice a simple pattern – a 'proven' pattern or path, which all big builds will follow; on the outside, they are different, but in essence they are built on the same grounds. Building something nontraditional means you must put your flame-suit on and get ready to take some heat, but also means you must maintain your cool and lay down an explanation for the direction of your steps. Maybe some people feel like they shouldn't have to explain anything to anyone, that can be a good trait to have but how does it impact the future enthusiasts who want to do something different? In the end, it's much more efficient to have an understanding of each rebuttal you'll receive and have an explanation of why the difference from everyone else. The current generation has the mentality of I want to be different, this is great for diversity but we have to keep an open mind to how variation can help us and how we can benefit by mixing and matching to turn things into our favour and the favour of the future ones. Cool, you've gotten to the stage where the car is considered complete. How was it built? Of course who built it has a major role in the legacy you're attempting to build, but the point i'm getting at is when it comes to the scope of machines, whatever COULD go wrong, WILL go wrong. Any and every cut corner will be very evident once it's all said and done - what do I mean? It will be reflected on the longevity, efficiency and of course, how everything works together as a whole. How well everything comes together is what makes the Special Sauce so special. Then when it's all said and done, some people still feel empty; Maybe you should ask yourself if you're in love with building cars, simply addicted to buying new parts or you're afraid to have a finished puzzle? All I can do is put some history events in front of you to hopefully better understand and rationalize your future plans - this could never be a non-open ended story because everyone has a different ending and their own story to write.
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