Ever wonder what happened to all the heavily modded rice rockets?
We even drove from Whitby to the cinema at First Markham Place Plaza to see the movie on opening night. It was a literal car show and party in the parking lot before and after the movie. Absolutely packed with people, it was a movie that finally showed the import tuner scene on the big screen.
Anyways, back on topic... What ever happened to all those cars that people dumped thousands of dollars in to? Likely aftermarket parts worth more than the car itself. I'm talking, colour-shifting metallic paint jobs (before vinyl wrapping was a thing), wheels, body kits, spoilers, underglows, suspension, exhausts, intakes, turbos, nitrous, sound systems, etc... The list goes on. Did people eventually part them out, crash them, stolen/chopped and exported? Does anyone still have their tuned import or keeping it as a collector item?
I certainly don't see many, if at all any, modified Japanese imports on the roads nowadays. Surpringly, the wealth has shifted with young drivers and they seem to be buying up BMW M3s, Merc AMGs, Audi RS cars, and even exotics (Lambos, Ferraris, McLarens, etc....yes, foreign/parents' money, I know).
It seems the rice rockets back in the day were a lot more modest because power was built and not bought, compared to today.