Our recently expanded look at CCs For Sale had a serious shadow side that seems to erupt every time we show a picture of a donk. As in comments that are excessively negative and spill over into racism/stereotyping/generalizations/put downs/etc.. I understand that we all have our preferences in cars, and how they should be used/customized/modified. But (thankfully), it’s a free country in terms of creative automotive expression, and we might all try a bit harder to widen our comfort zone and avoid falling for the easy traps.
Here’s a suggestion: lighten up, and tap into your sense of humor or wonder. Isn’t this straight out of a fantastic dream or comic book, a kid’s toy in full-size? Wow; truly amazing. And who gives a damn how it drives or handles?
Let’s not forget that the whole point of artistic expression is to do something that hadn’t been done before, which of course explains why artists aren’t painting like the Rembrandt anymore. It has to always push some boundary, or it’s not art or creative. Don’t forget that lots of famous dead artists were hated rebels in their time. Young people have naturally always tried to push the envelope in the case of cars. The lead sleds of the 50s are the closest approximation of donks today; they purposely defied practicality to thumb their noses at that notion. The were an act of youthful rebellion and artistic expression.
The same applies to Ed Roth and his ilk. There was nothing practical or functional about his creations. He was an automotive beatnik, and he pushed the boundaries constantly. And those of us that grew up in the 60s thought he was eminently cool. The old school hot-rodders didn’t.
And it goes on and on, generation after generation. Low riders, ricers; the whole point is that these cars are challenging you to hate on them; that’s the reaction they’re trying to evoke from you, by going against all your practical arguments about camber, tire wear, handling, bearings, and other logical concerns. Old folks’ finger-wagging, and trying to be arbiters of ‘good taste’.
And in the case of donks, there’s the race factor, as they are disproportionately associated with African-Americans. Needless to say, comments about drugs, guns, bullet holes, liquor and other stereotype/racist associations are highly inappropriate and not welcome in the comments here. There were a number of them at the recent Olds 442 post, and I had to remove them. We know nothing about the owners of these cars. It’s a bit disappointing to see people fall for the trap.
And all the wailing about old cars being ruined for donks or other customization is a bit absurd. If you want to save every GM B-Body out there, go buy them all. Folks, it’s just an old car; as in a collection of steel and other bits. Most were likely in bad shape to start with. How many cars did you lay to waste in your youth, or otherwise cause their demise? They can’t all be saved, which is ok. How well are you taking care of your body?
A lot of energy goes into making any customized car. We live in a society that encourages individual expression, and customizing cars has been a popular outlet for that for a long time now. If you can’t find any appreciation for the effort that goes into them, just move on, but no strongly negative comments or put-downs, please.
The internet is all-too often an ugly place, and has exacerbated the divisions in our society, politics and even cars. But CC can be better than that, and hopefully be a unifying force for those that love cars. I’m not expecting pink clouds and unicorn farts, but let’s make an effort to expand the range of our appreciation and not forget that every car has a story, even a donk. And it’s worth hearing, or seeing.