Car Culture


The community that surrounds cars is alive and well.  Since the early Ford Model A, there has been a culture that involves loving, racing, building, and sharing of cars.  Many car subcultures have also been born throughout the years.  NASCAR is an excellent example of a subculture.  Bootleggers would strive to build faster and better cars.  To figure out who had the best car, they would build oval racetracks out of dirt in fields.  This eventually became sanctioned events, and then expanded into what we know as NASCAR.  Other official events like these have stemmed from other subcultures.  Today, car meets are a very popular activity.  Many car lovers will meet at a parking lot to show off their cars to others.  From this came official car meets with small competitions within them.  Prizes and trophies will be offered to the most liked car, best built, and many more categories.  Most of the time, the winners will be chosen through voting.  Car culture, as far as I know, has always been about community.  Every event I have attended, every race I have been to, the community has always been welcoming and about togetherness.  There are also unspoken standards of how one should act within the community.  If, for example, one person is a being unruly at a car meet, or especially doing something that could get the meet shut down, everyone comes together to either have that person stop what they are doing, or get them to leave.  It is amazing how everyone involved comes together, and also knows the unspoken rules.  


One thought on “Car Culture”

  1. I find the idea of car culture interesting, not only because cars are ‘cool’ and ‘necessary’ pieces of machinery but also because the idea of owning a car is changing if it has not already changed. I feel like cars have always served a double purpose: transportation and prestige. When I was in Reunion Island, at first I did not really understand why pretty much everybody has a car. As soon as they reach their driving age, they own a car. I thought they are either super rich people or maybe they don’t give a damn about the environment. However, it is none of these. It is just because their common transportation system is still underdeveloped and the country is kinda small for that at the same time big enough for people to have drive if they want to get around. I realized that cars in Reunion Island are very much a necessity. They are not luxurious goods as first the residents do not really have a choice and second all cars are basic models. I understand that today’s car industries are super competitive and are under extreme pressure given our consumerist culture, however, I think we should be careful with encouraging it. Simple cars, and by that I mean the ones that are not eco-friendly yet, are far from being sustainable. Thus, we should not even encourage the so-called car culture.


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