I first saw Rolando’s car all the way back in August. While it’s no secret that I’m not much of a Honda guy, Rolando’s EK stood out in the crowd of cars at the third annual Motor Union hosted by our friends at 5 & A Dime. The wonderfully clean and simple bodywork, the fantastic choice and execution in wheels, and the overall style of his car captured my attention, leading me back to the car several times throughout the day.
Photos by Tony Lin
For car enthusiasts, the United States has been like an over-protective mother: over the decades, enthusiasts have missed out on performance or cosmetic options due to safety regulations and emissions, rare and special options and packages, or even entire model lines. The guys with older euros will feel my agony if I even whisper the word “bumpers”.
It’s difficult to find the bridge between enthusiasts and corporations. Car companies are in the business of selling cars, not catering to the wants of the small population of people that see something more in such machines. To many, a car serves a single purpose: transportation from point A to point B, and that’s all that matters to the wallets of the decision makers at the likes of Honda, GM, and even our friends in Germany.
Many car purchases are fueled by impulse, which is often followed by buyer’s remorse. In the classic water-cooled VW world, impulse buys can literally destroy your bank account and wreak havoc with wives and girlfriends. Fraught with hidden rust and hidden running issues, buying an old VW on a whim is trouble. There isn’t a truer car to adhere to the old adage: The best things come to those who wait.
There’s no question that the Scion FR-S is SEMA’s go-to car for 2012. Each year, the latest and hottest car seems to set the stage for builders and manufacturers to showcase their best. But, with several-dozen FR-Ss present at the show this year, it takes a bit of unique thinking to build a stand-out car. Our friends at Rotiform teamed up with Air Lift, Magnaflow, Nitto, Vortech, and a slew of other sponsors to build what we think is one of the top FR-Ss of SEMA.