Editor on P Plates
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Express Publications, Sydney.
Re: Mocking up FPV parts
On reflection, I probably over reacted to Maniacís comments in the Showroom thread and owe him an apology.
On the general subject of ďimitationsĒ I would just like to repeat this here.
Some people will love it, others will loath it. As is their right. Personal choice is what itís all about. Iím not trying to pass my car off as an XR8 or a GT, though Iím sure the uninitiated will be fooled or at least confused. If someone asks, I tell them straight out itís an XR6. The 6 badges were removed solely for photographic purposes for upcoming marketing material, and after a lot of debate on my part, as it perpetuates a deception as to the origin of the car, which in not something Iím trying to hide.
But I do like the bonnet, always said I was going to get one, and the GT wing is nice too, though Iím having a second one made without the center leg as itís more to my preference.
Many people on here do things to their cars that arenít ďmy cup of teaĒ but itís their car and I say good luck to them. The products this company is making - while technically copies Ė offer significant cost and weight savings over OEM parts, and I will admit to being impressed despite myself with the fit and finish of the bonnet straight out of the box (so to speak).
Iím actually quite grateful for the considered response the subject has received as a whole, as it shows weíre finally starting to move past the knee-jerk ďricerĒ response and into an area where we take more time to consider our own prejudices and opinions before we put down someone elseís ideas just because theyíre not ďour cup of teaĒ.
I wonít touch on the issue of legality. The aftermarket bodykit industry has been around for a long time, and will be around for a lot longer still.
That Ford/FPV is now starting to experience what Holden/HSV has put up with for years should be taken as a sign that they finally have something desirable enough to imitate if you so choose...
The simple fact is that itís going to happen. Itís only the wankers who make dodgy copies then run around telling everyone else theirs is the ďgenuineĒ article that cause the rest of us to be scorned.
Thatís not my aim or goal. I just want a car that I like, and if others like it too Ė well then thatís a bonus.
Editor: Street Fords Magazine - Issue #1 on sale MARCH 2005
Co Founder: 3FB Inc.
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