RoadBikeReview.com's Forum Archives - Non-Cycling Discussions


Archive Home >> Non-Cycling Discussions(1 2 3 4 )


Spotters and spoilers(5 posts)

Spotters and spoilersfiltersweep
Oct 3, 2003 5:49 AM
There are a few urban phenomena that I have trouble wrapping my brain around-

The "Spotter"- is a white male, usually with a military style haircut, and tinted prescription glasses or aviator glasses, and often with a mustache. He drives an ex-police car (or possibly a repainted taxi) with a spotter light by the driver side window. These guys ALL look the same. I envision them having a case of duct tape in the trunk...

Seriously, what sort of individual would want to own an former police car- all the human misery and bad vibes that would be absorbed by such a vehicle...? Who are these people, and why do they all look alike?

The other question is- what is up with those industrial looking spoilers (with the sharp lines and I think they have these hydraulic looking things andl, well, it almost looks like someone's high school metalworking project ) that people bolt on their cars? Not on the spotters cars, but usually a Japanese import, although American-made cars are not immune to this sort of abuse.

They are invariably a different color than the vehicle, and the lines have nothing to do with the lines of the car? It is doubtful ANY spoiler has a performance effect on any production vehicle, but these are a visual abomination. These seemed to sprout up after "The Fast and the Furious" came out... but seeing one bolted to a rusty Grand Am looks positively idiotic. What is the motivation? I've got no qualms with people customizing their cars, but to ONLY bolt one of these riveted marvels on the ex-family car? Or to bolt it onto a car with thousands of dollars of mods... it is just as bad.

Anyone have any insight?
re: Spotters and spoilersrufus
Oct 3, 2003 7:25 AM
no clue about the spotter, unless they think that being mistaken for a police officer or security guard or whatever is a great way to attract females.

as for spoilers, even my little town is infested with them, along with bolt-on aero packages, usually unpainted, or a different color than the car. i'd say your "fast and the furious" allusion is correct, as all the young kids want to come across as bad-ass street racer types. three years ago everyone wanted to look like a "gangstah" and now the "fast and the furious" style is what's in vogue. i've seen cars painted the exact lime green or orange color that the main cars in that movie were, complete with aero kit and spoiler, and coffee can muffler. they probably don't have any engine mods at all to really be a racer, but at least they look the part.
kids are punksHot Carl
Oct 3, 2003 9:40 AM
Why back in my day, "boss" meant speed. A giant Cuda with a giant engine and giant tires got you the babes. The rumble would shake the change out of the parking meters.

Now, "boss" means a Euro-puke clowncar with exhaust that makes it sound like a f'n string trimmer. They look like those outrageously stupid outfits models wear in fashion shows.
"Hot Carl" ?filtersweep
Oct 3, 2003 10:19 AM
...but we won't even go there... ;)

I'm sure that some "old timer" couldn't figure out why anyone in their right mind would jack that 'Cuda up to the stars... (I mean, it was more than big tires). It figures that these Hondas and Toyotas are being used because they are so popular... I agree that they sound terrible with custom exhaust.
as the doors put it..."people are strange" (nm)ColnagoFE
Oct 3, 2003 8:13 AM