Editor on P Plates
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Express Publications, Sydney.
Re: Mocking up FPV parts
On reflection, I probably over reacted to Maniac’s comments in the Showroom thread and owe him an apology.
On the general subject of “imitations” 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 it’s all about. I’m not trying to pass my car off as an XR8 or a GT, though I’m sure the uninitiated will be fooled or at least confused. If someone asks, I tell them straight out it’s 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 I’m 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 I’m having a second one made without the center leg as it’s more to my preference.
Many people on here do things to their cars that aren’t “my cup of tea” but it’s their car and I say good luck to them. The products this company is making - while technically copies – 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).
I’m actually quite grateful for the considered response the subject has received as a whole, as it shows we’re finally starting to move past the knee-jerk “ricer” response and into an area where we take more time to consider our own prejudices and opinions before we put down someone else’s ideas just because they’re not “our cup of tea”.
I won’t 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 it’s going to happen. It’s only the wankers who make dodgy copies then run around telling everyone else theirs is the “genuine” article that cause the rest of us to be scorned.
That’s not my aim or goal. I just want a car that I like, and if others like it too – well then that’s a bonus.
Editor: Street Fords Magazine - Issue #1 on sale MARCH 2005
Co Founder: 3FB Inc.
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