now before you all shoot me to bits, have a think. i was watching a local show last night called cruizn and it is all about trhe local car scene. anyway, the prresenter had a quick feature on a MX5 that was having some serious body work done to it. basically, the car was having the guards pumped out alll round in steel, not fibre glass. the presenter then made the comment that whilst there are a number of people who dont like the rice scene (not his words, bu you know what i mean), the kids building ricers are doing nothing different to the rest of the car nuts out there.
think about it. you have people who restore cars and wouldnt dream of altering anything. you have guys like myself who prefer their cars to be sleepers, you get guys into hot rods and guys into a thousand different areas of the car scene. in that respect, ricers are not much different to the rest of us. they like a certain style of car, they like to make them different (whilst still being identified with a 'scene') and they dont mind spending money on their cars.
however, the fact that a lot of the modifications that ricers perform are tasteless and useless mean that they will always be the butt of jokes. i really dont mind a clean car with a nice set of wheels, but giant rear spoilers on FWD cars and neon are not my thing.
but the questions remains...given that ricers rae car people, like us, should we be nice to them?
IMHO,. given the lack of taste these people exhibit, i think no. we should still laugh at them and blow them away at every opportunity.