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Waste of Time & Money: Illegal Car Mods


The first modifications on record occurred from 1929 to 1934 on the early modern car’s fenders and running boards. These modifications were strictly cosmetic, but these illegal mods started to become popular around the time that street racing became regular. From the 80s to the present time, people have had only two things on their minds: money and speed.

With a lot of time and effort, you could create an almost Frankenstein build that would win money and still be fun at the same time. Although nowadays most street racers don’t even work on their own cars. In these cases, they are called bought not built. If your car is classified as bought speed then this means that you take your car to the shop and they do everything. You have no mechanical knowledge and all you are at the end of the day is the person that steps on the pedal. But built cars have both respect and honor in the car community. To build something from nothing and that something destroys a bought car is the best feeling in the world, and that payout is also good. Given the time, effort, and money dumped into such a niche community. I beg the question, Why not? Kids from the slums making efforts to conquer the streets just sounds like a movie, a movie that every kid would dream of being a part of. In addition, racing is not inherently dangerous. The driver knows the car and if not he only puts himself at risk. There is a level of honor in this community, to never put other drivers in harm’s way. It’s the inexperienced middle-aged moms on their phones that wreak havoc, not the chilled-out loud exhaust, high horsepower, car guy that just wants to take pride in his creation.

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Jackson Caltuna, HS Reporter
Hello my name is Jackson Caltuna. This is my 6th year attending Conrad Schools of Science, I chose the Bio- Tech pathway and chose Chinese as my language. When im not at school or doing school work I enjoy admiring and driving cars. I don’t care if they are slow or fast, but they need to be sceaming. Furthermore, from styles of cars to philosophy I carry a hefty influence of japanese culture. Which includes the influence of art, philosophy, city pop, music, etc.

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    EzraOct 5, 2023 at 10:36 am

    I was thinking the same thing when I read this article.

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    Gabe MadridSep 27, 2023 at 9:18 am

    I love topics like these, love to learn new things, and take things to mind about car culture!