Ring Taxi as zippyh just posted, though she doesn't drive for them anymore.
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Hate tinted windows too. Good aftermarket wheels don't necessarily have to be expensive, though, price and aesthetics are separate. Because Japan makes so many rims, they're often cheap and fairly good deals, granted only a few are really good looking for certain vehicles. The facilities for wheel making, especially drop-forged, are expensive and very limited, I think there's only like 2 or 3 forges in Japan, and so the market is pretty tight and the prices are within range of each other unless it's a maker's brand, like NEEZ. Meanwhile, the same forges put out anything from RAYS to Mugen to BBS - you can tell these are all mostly products of the same facility because the finishing looks the same.
I think Schnitzer wheels (when they looked nice, and were form-cast) were made by Ronal, which is not the most prestigious wheel maker out there; likewise the Hamann PG series that everybody liked was made by OZ, and for a long time (still?) OZ stuff was mostly lame, maybe not cheap, but OZ never came close to BBS. The Europeans are great at the idea of making a business from a factory OEM'ing stuff and then having their own maker's brands to fill their free time (that goes for their clothes too) - OZ, Ronal, Zender, BBS, etc - but few of the maker's brands ever reach greatness.
When I'm talking about tint I'm not talking about 35% tint, more like limo tint from the b piller and back.
I'm not talking about OZ, Ronal etc. as they aren't cheap by any means (at least not in europe), I'm talking about those where you can get 4 19" tires and 4 wheels for a 1000$ or less.
Ronal and BBS makes a lot of the original oem wheels for VW, Audi, MB and BMW etc. the wheels on the Mk5 GTi are made by Ronal for example and a lot of audis wheels like speedlines are made by BBS, so I'm not surprised that a lot of the smaller tuner wheels are made by them as well.
Zender are cult wheels for vw fans now and actually goes for a good bit of money.
The ring is a officially a toll road, which is why you can drive there without a race license etc. and I highly doubt they will be doing ANY expansions within the next 10+ years, as they were very close to going bankrupt last year (or they actually did) due to some insane projects f.ex. a roller coaster going trough a building, which only drove once, as it would ruin the building due to the shaking etc.
The 4th Gen Trans Am has a soft spot in my heart. We had a 97 WS6, with LT1 and 6 Speed. It was the first sport/muscle car my parents bought while I was young. It was bored into a 383 Stroker with LT4 cam and a bunch of other stuff. It was a very quick car. I bought a 98 Trans Am WS6 when I turned 18, because I could and parents said I could not have one... Both the cars where white with black interior. I loved the very intimidating look of the 98 WS6... Not going to deny, both these cars where a POS.
For me, it's been an awesome car-watching week: The first McMerc SLR (it was interesting but not arresting), and an incredible, awesome, stunning, viscerally beautiful Fisker Karma! Must be the warm weather -- for me to see two supercars in a week is unheard of.
I'm rarely this jealous. Was it as awesome as I imagine?
Many congratulations -- Vipers always catch my eye.
Him and half the people with cool cars in this thread. That would make me regret the M Coupe instead of an Exige, I'll tell you that!