While Arjun Chauhan (’21) might not be the flashiest or most extroverted person at CB, he is an incredibly unique individual with fascinating passions and interests. He might not talk to others at first, but once you get to know him, he can open up and talk to you on just about anything. Some know […]
While Arjun Chauhan (’21) might not be the flashiest or most extroverted person at CB, he is an incredibly unique individual with fascinating passions and interests. He might not talk to others at first, but once you get to know him, he can open up and talk to you on just about anything. Some know that Arjun is very passionate about videography and photography, but even fewer people know about his passion for cars. In this Talon Exclusive, Arjun opens up about his knowledge and passion for cars and car culture as a whole.
“Cars was something that I grew up into — I think I got into cars when I was six.” he said. “Before I got into cars, I was into Thomas the Tank Engine. Afterward, I started playing with Hot Wheels and created car dealerships, and ever since, it has become a passion.”
Arjun shared some details about his current vehicle and what modifications he plans to add to his car.
“I currently drive a 2019 BMW 440i. When I bought it, it came with mods such as carbon mirror caps, a carbon lip spoiler, a black kidney grille, and an M performance exhaust,” he says. “I plan to add window tint, an intake, and some pieces for the handbrake.”
Arjun says that car culture is more than just memorizing parts and brand names.
“I would describe car culture as a group of people who are emotionally driven to cars. Most non-car enthusiasts view cars as an appliance to get from point A to B, but car enthusiasts see cars as it it has its own soul, almost as if it were its own person.” He then transitioned to how welcoming car culture can be. “Car culture is a net positive since most car people know that everyone’s car is an expression of how they are. There might be some car people who can be toxic online or not appreciate what you do with your car, but the majority of the car community is positive, supportive, and welcoming.”
Arjun gave some insight on how he is obsessive about finding the latest car trends and what sources he uses to keep himself informed about cars.
“I would read Road and Track and Jalopnik every day,” he says. “Car culture is on every social media [platform], so I would subscribe to YouTube channels such as TJ Hunt, Savage Garage, and Doug DeMuro. I would also watch the Snapchat stories on cars and some car TikToks.”
While gas engines are a big component of car culture, there is no doubt that the rise of electric cars would change car culture forever. Arjun thinks electric cars will adapt and evolve car culture into improving looks.
“Electric cars can be modified in ways that are different from gas cars. Their modifications tend to be more aesthetic based instead of performance,” he said. “You can’t really change the performance of an electric car until there’s a software update from the manufacturer. Therefore, the car scene would be more aesthetic heavy and be about having a more unique build rather than improving performance.”
Finally, Arjun gave some tips on how non-car enthusiasts can get into cars, emphasizing that pure passion is the most important ingredient to becoming a car enthusiast like himself.
“If you want to get into the car scene, it has to be a natural evolution instead of trying to take deliberate steps on how to know about cars. As you delve into cars, you will know more about cars. You don’t have to know all the car knowledge in the world to be a car guy,” he explained. “There are so many resources online:magazines, forums, Youtube channels, and more.”
“Have fun with it! Getting into cars shouldn’t be an academic pursuit to memorize car terms. Instead, you should have a growing appreciation for the cars you love.”