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How do you define success when it comes to cars?
This may get long and involved, but here she goes. I’ll tell this from my personal story with my Evo and what people have said to me. Recently I sold my Evo because of my father’s financial problems. That’s a success that a car can help a family member.
But on the tuner side of it, people always got on my case that I never got to do my “BIG ASS BUILD.” I had the parts, and they were ready for installation, and some were even [installed], but with the economy, I needed money instead. I got called a dumb ass, a loser, a ricer, etc., etc., for selling my SUPER GO FAST PARTS. I still had roughly a stage 3.5 Evo in my driveway. Everytime I sat in that car I got an overwhelming feeling of adrenaline, and excitement; Didn’t matter if I was driving normal or driving fast. I felt as if this is where I needed to be; this is the car I needed to drive. I always got out with a smile on my face.
In my PERSONAL opinion, true success in the car world doesn’t come from publicity, it does not come from getting your whip on the cover of a magazine, or turning heads as you drive by. It comes from that personal emotional attachment you get from her. If you can drive your car down a road and be proud for the sweat and blood you have put into her and get a thrill no matter how fast you are going. Well then sir, you have succeeded in the car world. They say the truth is in the eye of the beholder, well so is victory. One’s own personal victory with a car is the final success, and the only one that matters.
One’s own personal victory with a car is the final success, and the only one that matters.
How do you define success when it comes to life?
Many think success in life is, “Oh I have a 6-figure income, my wife has the body porportions of a Lamborghini Gallardo, and my house is made from the finest Bavarian Chocolate known to man.” Whooptie-freakin’-doo!! That’s financial success, and having the money to buy a hot prostitute for a wife? That is not life. Success in life comes down to how hard did you try to achieve your goals? Even if you failed, did you put 120% into it? If you are able to live a happy life, even if it’s on the streets trying to figure out where your next meal is coming from, but you’re happy and it’s what you truly want, then you succeded. Material possessions are not success. Following what your heart tells you is ultimate victory. I.E.; My heart told me to marry the woman of my dreams; that I fought and lost so many battles to find. In that alone, I feel my life is a success. I fought ’till the end, I hit the brick wall, and wanted to give up, but broke through and crossed the finish line.
Cliffnotes of that part:
Be yourself, don’t try to be something you’re not. Try your hardest, and be happy with your life.
I kinda feel like a the life Buddah of the tuner world right now, but please no one rub my belly, or I’ll go Team Sheen on you.
So what is a Next Level Gearhead? This. (No, not Charlie Sheen.) Ross Randall came out of nowhere and laid it out straight. At the end of the day, it’s not about how much cash you dumped into your ride, it’s not about how many nutswingers you’ve got out there on the internets telling others all about how awesome your ride is. It’s about being yourself, doing your best, and being happy with your life.
To thine own self be true. Fuck the naysayers.
This unsolicited response from Ross was a shot in the arm for us here at GBXM. Thank you, Ross.
Go fast with class. Press on regardless. Gearheads united.