Can't say as I disagree with @BeatCancer except maybe to declare criminality. It certainly seems plenty anti-social to me. This is a story about some people who are expressing their anger and desperation through some very dangerous actions and unsafe ways. I'm not arguing that they don't have legit reasons to be angry, but these reactions to their problems can only add to their plight. Dressing out cars (or trucks, motorcycles, etc.) to express cultural frustrations isn't new - but the extended wires are in fact dangerous in many ways. Add to it that they seem to be settling differences by gunning one another down in the streets, and I can't find much reason to celebrate or romanticize them in any way.
@BeatCancer I think you are plain looking for reasons to gripe. No these cars are not my cup of tea either and I don't understand the culture, but that doesn't mean that is is bad. Elbows poking is no more dangerous than flame throwers on a hot rod, or street racing, so your argument reeks of just plain not liking the culture. I don't know you, but your comments lead me to believe you aren't as open minded as you claim.
Take this article at face value. Sajeev and Jack did a very good job of highlighting a very niche and regional car culture and I applaud them for that.
@OldCarMan your comment certainly lives up to the stereotype of your handle...
It is funny how we used to view segments like hot rodding and motorcycles post WWII as a counter culture of dangerous degenerates. Yes, some were but many weren't. Now it is main stream. Not saying that SLABs will be, but you're passing judgement on a culture you have never interacted with and that leaves you no room to speak. Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater when judging any segment of car culture. If I comment any further on your flagrant display of ignorance it'd go against community guidelines. Hopefully you're a better person to interact with in public than through the anonymity of the internet.
Are you open to many things automotive? You say you are, but it sure doesn't sound like it.
What line does this cross that loud (or no) mufflers doesn't? Loud cars are much worse than this and yet many enthusiasts young and old fawn over crazy loud engines.
@OldCarMan one man's crappy music is another man's favorite song. Take your keyboard rage somewhere else. Comments from you and others here make me embarrassed to be a car person. If you ever said "why aren't people interested in old cars" please go back and read your comments because you have clearly demonstrated why.
I saw plenty, but they are often American in proportioning: Quattroportes, Jaguar XK & S-types, S-class, 7-series...waiting for Houston's JDM folks to import a Toyota Century and order some swangers and vogues for it.
Our founding fathers believed that every individual had inalienable rights granted by God. We can argue about why they didn't believe that these human rights extended to people from cultures where no individual had any intrinsic value whatsoever("another dropped body in the slow burn of crack-fueled gang violence. Or you might get carjacked out of nowhere by someone who would throw your lifeless body to the curb"), but you can see why modern progressives find common cause with every anti-Christian, anti-white culture they can find. By marginalizing people who care about individuals and their rights, you eliminate the limitations placed on authoritarian power by the people who enabled large pluralities of the world's populations to have worthwhile lives.