It is a Saturday night within the Sacramento area, and you are about go to to bed until you hear the cars revving, the turbo of a car going off, and the screeching of tires. You look through your window and you see cars, but not just ones you see on the daily. The cars […]
It is a Saturday night within the Sacramento area, and you are about go to to bed until you hear the cars revving, the turbo of a car going off, and the screeching of tires. You look through your window and you see cars, but not just ones you see on the daily. The cars you witness have full variety — ’70s Mustangs, advanced German engineering, and modded Japanese vehicles. At first, you are annoyed, but then you appreciate the uniqueness of each car. You can see that each car represents the personality of the owner. The loud exhausts and modded cars not only bring commotion, but a community.
As you see the uniqueness of cars, you slowly get intrigued by them. There are numerous cars people can choose from but it all depends on what that person wants. A person may want it for looks or another may want it for performance. From a broad choice to start, a person can look at Japanese Domestic Market (JDM), American muscle, and European cars. From there, they can be more specific with a car they would want such as a hatchback, coupe, or sedan. Some car enthusiasts at Christian Brothers have started from nothing and later built their way up to the cars they have now.
Conner Roncoroni (’21) says his friends got interested in cars and he went along with it. But once it was time to get his first car, he became “super invested into the car scene” and “found his own opinion and preference”
“I started to get into as I saw automotive vlogs on Youtube” says Dylan Chock (’21). The way the car was able to “change the look and sound” made him fall in love with it. “I want my car to be unique and just to genuinely have fun while doing car things”.
Sacramento is on the rise in the car scene as car meets occur on the occasional Saturday nights, where you are able to meet friends, get ideas, and get a look at people’s unique cars. There are Instagram stories saying where the meet will be and the time. The location in Sacramento or Roseville changes every Saturday.
“The diversity in the car community makes it extremely fun and unique” says Conner. He continues to add there is a “style for everyone” and that the meets are a “great place to find people with styles you never knew existed”. The best part is “you can do anything with your car according to the preference such as the way it drives and looks”.
“At meets you’ll see anything from supercars to cars that have been imported from Japan,” Dylan says. “The diversity of cars is extremely common as you’ll rarely see two cars that have the same modifications.”
The car lovers are fortunate enough to be able to have a car that suits their daily needs.
“I looked at the best cars under my budget,” Conner says. “I also looked at modification ability, gas mileage, and the most all around fun and daily driver.”
Dylan was surprised with his car as a surprise gift. “I’d been looking at different hatchbacks, but I was fully expecting to be driving my family’s old van and I was okay with that. I am forever grateful for my gift and will love the car forever”.
With the ability to modify the cars, Dylan and Conner were able to adjust the cars to their liking, from cosmetics to increasing the power of the car.
“I have a muffler delete because loud equals fun on a car,” Conner shares. “I have lowering springs on it with wider rims and tires for handling corners and a standalone ECU [Engine Control Unit] that tells the car’s computer to use more gas and air to make it faster. Putting eight grand of modifications was worth it, and I paid it all myself. I do not have any regrets at all”.
“I’ve added Godspeed coil-overs, new wheels, new headlights, and a deleted muffler. Although these mods don’t give my car extra horsepower, it makes my car look unique,” says Dylan. The senior hasn’t added too many power mods as his car “doesn’t have too much after market support”, but he has added a K&N cold air intake and a blow off valve. “They add a small amount of power and make the turbo sound amazing”.
It does not hurt to try something new as it may lead to the start of a new passion. The car community is an open and nice towards anyone in love with cars.
“The best way to get into the car scene would to be go to a car meet and make some new friends” says Dylan. “The people there love to talk about their car and share information they have learned. Another way is using the internet and watching videos”.
The car community is a gateway to people’s passion. The meets bring together unique cars and people learning from each other, and introducing new ideas. The loudness of the exhaust pipes and tires screeching at night cause commotion for those who don’t understand, but for those who do, it brings together a community and fun experience.