Something I’d noticed in my time writing here on CL, is the disproportionate amount of attention I put into discussing production car, race, and other forms of PR official news.
To be honest, it’s something I hadn’t noticed until scanning this particular assignment; reminding me that I haven’t really focused at all on what originally got me umbilically linked to the automotive industry: the aftermarket game.
I was there too, at one point, tinkering every weekend on my Japanese import. Doing things that–by legitimate engineering standards–would be horrifying to say the least. In that experience I’ve learned the intricacies of what and why people are legitimately fond of their automobiles. Sometimes fanatically so.
It’s a visceral feeling right? The love for the game. It’s what gives you the ability to put up with long, frustrating hours under a halogen spotlight, wrenching away. It’s that bit of social confidence to give a complete stranger a head nod as you drive by them on the freeway, knowing absolutely nothing about them, other than that they share your affinity for automotive tuning.
When I see projects like these – Tuan and Jimmy’s insanely clean LS460’s, I smile. It’s a half grimace, half smile as I think of all the sweat, labor, (loving) hours that went into these LS460’s. And for those that sit on the outside, they ask a simple question of “why?” To seek explanations in every decision made into putting such meticulously done cars together; but ultimately not actually caring or appreciating the work put in.
And that, was my long-winded way of saying these cars are goddamn dope. So be sure to visit Stancenation and read their full story.