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Rally 'Replica'Lesson number four, don’t try to be something that you’re not. A ‘replica’ is an exact model or copy of something. So why does this ‘Ford Focus 1.8 Zetec Rally Replica’ look like its ‘cage’ has been made from B&Q plastic plumbing pipes? Having said that, the modifier here does seem to be taking health and safety seriously. They have bothered to fit a fire extinguisher and serious looking notices in the back, but it can’t disguise what’s really going down here – at the end of the day, this is a family hatchback… except that you can’t use it if you’ve got a family.
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Interesting PaintThere are some smartly modified cars about. Look on any car sale site and you’ll find heaps of modified cars for sale, so themarket is definitely still thriving. But a word of warning for those who are about to visit the spray paint fairy…
As we can see from exhibit one above, what might seem really tasteful to you might not be to many other people’s (ok, any other people’s) taste. The car was advertised as having some (some) ‘paintwork of a Red Indian nature’. What were they thinking? Lesson number one, tastefully does it.
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Bathroom BodyworkThe next little beauty for some comes in the form of a ‘1990 Rolls Royce White Phantom Replica’. A cheeky bodykit? Maybe. A nice set of rims? Could be. Rendering your car or gluing your bath panels to it? A definite no no! This white knight is another car being sold on an auction site recently. Lesson number two: when it comes to modifying your paintwork, invest in professional help (draw your own conclusions!)
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Unique DesignThis 2003 G55 AMG sells itself as having a custom Chameleon (big $$ - really?) ‘absolutely amazing’ paint job. Is this supposed to look like gold? We are not amazed. The moral of lesson number three – all that glitters is not gold.
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Whacky RacesNow we know this one is a slight caricature of a modified vehicle, but we wanted to demonstrate everything wrong about the ‘wing’. Last but not least on our list is the ridiculously large ‘wings’ on the rear of many modified cars. Now don’t get confused between the wing and the spoiler. We could argue that a spoiler has no actual purpose – does a three inch high spoiler really decrease the slope of the airflow path down the back of the car? Probably not. But at least it doesn’t do any damage to your car. Wish we could say the same about wings!
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