Overall I have to agree; I've tried to be accepting of different automotive tastes and modifications(although sometimes the best I can do is bite my tongue). That said, I think a greater threat comes from outside our enthusiast circles- this fascist, for example...
I had been reading a discussion where someone went off on a rant about people owning full-sized pickup trucks. I simply responded:
"My overriding vehicular ownership philosophy is: What car or truck I choose to drive is absolutely none of your business. I won’t try to dictate what you should drive, and all I ask is that you accord me the same courtesy."
Our internet fascist then weighed in with the following:
"And my overriding vehicular ownership philosophy is: If you want to own and use a car on a regular basis that poses a massive risk to other people’s health and safety above and beyond what’s unavoidable, than you should be made to bleed money through your nose for your being a sociopath.
But yeah, other people’s safety is none of their business - in the mind of a hedonist for whom other people are cattle on a good day and live game on a bad one.
Talking about courtesy when you want the right to recklessly endanger other people is about as nauseating as it gets. You clearly have no idea what risks these cars pose based on size and distribution of mass alone."
I suspect that this joker has been terribly bitter ever since the Berlin Wall fell- forever eradicating his chances to join the East German secret police...
That's the one thing about which I don't worry. I've been running a generic ECU on my Neon race car since 2015; that's how you make a 2.4L minivan motor turn in a car that never expected to see it. You can duplicate Ford's EEC-V with ten bucks' worth of hardware. All the trickery of the old ECUs was in getting sophisticated behavior with the extremely limited selection of automotive-grade (meaning heat-and-cold) chips available at the time.
My takeaway is to appreciate and accept people where they’re at and not make staments which marginalize their position. With that said, the article comes off as an abrasive lecture against bad behaviors you’ve seen, with a host of tangential twists which confuse your point. The message in essence is a good one and It’s been understood. I’m just not a fan of your writing style.