There's a certain stereotype attached to people who own and drive cars with any form of modifications on them. The general consensus is that owners of these cars are reckless and dangerous. I have seen comments on various online forums decrying "boy racers" as scum and a danger to the general public. While I accept that younger drivers are statistically more likely to be involved in an accident, I vehemently oppose the idea that owners of modified cars are in any way more dangerous on the road just because their car is modified.
I have, on many occasions, been treated like absolute shite just because of the car I'm driving. Especially around May bank holiday weekend (Rally of the Lakes time, or "Boy Racer" witch-hunt season to many). I've been shouted at, threatened and had stuff thrown at my car even while parked, giving no indication whatsoever that I could be poor driver or a "menace to society". The only hint being my lowered suspension, tinted windows or, a few years back, my rear spoiler...(yes I had a ricer car and I make no apologies for it! 😎 )
Car modification is a passion and a culture that is just getting stronger in Ireland. It is harmless, fun and creative. It's something that should be encouraged, not frowned upon. Planning a build and seeing it come to fruition is one of the most rewarding past-times a person can have. Besides, if we're spending money on our cars, we can't afford drink and drugs!
Punish us for how we drive, not what we drive.