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Go Faster Stripes Really Work

Go Faster Stripes Really Work

Over the years the practice of car customisation has become a big business. Gizmo’s abound, and cars that were once thought of as transport for people whose idea of stirring performance was the ability to get out of bed in the morning are now bristling with bolt-on bonus goodies. In a way, this is understandable because motoring is so expensive these days that many drivers, especially the young, are making the best of that which they can afford.

Once upon a time all you really needed was some furry dice hanging from the rear-view mirror and maybe a cherry-bomb exhaust tail-pipe for those racetrack sound effects to effectively stylise your car. Since then motors have been adorned with flaming decals, had ‘spinners’ fitted to the wheels and been generally festooned with after-market parts to emulate more modern vehicles. Furry dice are even a little en vogue today, although if you mention it to the driver don’t be surprised if they get a little defensive and mumble something about an ‘ironic statement’.

All this has not escaped the car manufacturers. They are well aware of the level of taxation and rising household costs that the general public are subject to. For this reason buyers have seen a change in the nature of most of the cars offered to us.

It is a well known fact – even to those that own them – that the rules of our crowded roads pretty much preclude using a powerful vehicle to the max. This general slow-down has meant that high performance is ceasing to be an issue with all but the most hardcore sporting drivers. The car is becoming either a lifestyle attachment or a simple tool to do a job.

The result of these changing conditions is that most people are happy with a well priced car that looks the business without actually doing the business. Now it is about how a car looks. Some city cars for example are now decorated with go-faster stripes in an effort to look sporty. Not that long ago this would have been greeted with derision, but now it is not only accepted but appreciated as a styling choice.

So it is about how cars look. An attractively styled set of alloys really sets off a car. In design, virtually all modern cars have swooping lines, designer creases and headlights like eyes which actually do give an impression of speed and performance. Others look butch and macho for that rugged ‘Marlboro Man’ appeal, and so on. The interesting thing is that it works. We like it. Even if we aren’t allowed to put the pedal to the metal anymore in regulated Britain at least we can look as if we do. And that’s the important thing.

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