So I have had some odd things happen to me over the years on my various J-tin cars,and trucks. For the past 5 years or so it has been fine, but this afternoon I was reminded that there are still ignorant people in the world of cars.
Now I understand my choice in vehicles is eclectic at best, but it still doesn't make what happened to me any more understandable. Around 6-7 years ago I went by a local cruise night with my 74 REPU, and started driving in the back where the "show" cars were parked (I parked way out in the grass area away from the "cool" cars on the pavement) as I thought it would be cool to show off my rare truck. As I was pulling in a guy at the gate stopped me by stepping in front of me. I guess he was handing out some sort of raffle ticket to participants that I didn't want or care about. I had my oldest son with me at the time, and was just looking to go park my truck,and look at some cool cars and trucks. The guy then tells me that he doesn't think I should be going into the show. I ask him why, and he says it was only for classic cars and trucks. I said great,and started to let out the clutch, and move along. He then steps back in front of me, and says I guess you didn't hear me? I said no I heard you just fine, and was going into park my truck. He says well you don't understand this show is only for old cars and trucks. I said okay well is 74 old enough? He steps back, and inspects my truck, and with a puzzled look on his face asks me if I were sure it was a 74? Of course I said, and drive into the show. The very next week I go to the same show as we had a good time aside from the guy at the gate, and wouldn't you know the same guy stops me again. I wasn't hearing any of his noise,and drove right past him or at least tried to, but he steps in front of me again with the same line of BS as the week before. I asked him nice and polite that if the show were for old and classic cars then why was there a brand new Vette, and Mustang sitting right in front of me? He says well they are future classics and "cool". Well I said leave me alone man this truck is "cool" and maybe one of the most rare vehicles you will see all night. I told him that I didn't want the stupid raffle ticket,and I was sick of him hassling me,and drove into the show. I have never had an issue with that show since, but I know that certain people would still rather not have any Asian, or import cars in it at all, but they can't stop us.
Fast forward to tonight,and my youngest (5 years old) son, and I head out to another local cruise held at a semi-local Vocational school that I haven't been to in quite some time as last summer I was busy most Tuesdays so I couldn't make it. We went in my new 1990 Mitsubishi van. Now I understand it is an odd vehicle selection, but that's what makes it cool if you ask me. As we are pulling up to go into the parking area for the show I have another one of these coolness czar's stop me,and tell me that I was not welcome in the sparsely attended show. I asked him why,and he said it was because they only allow old cars in. The same tired line the other DB used on me 6 or so years ago. This time I was maybe just too tired, or not wanting confrontation due to being older but I just politely turned around (the mitsu van has an amazing turning radius by the way), and headed back home instead of entering the regular parking lot,and going to see the cars. Still it bugged me. I bet if I have a V8 under the seat they'd of let me in. What do you think?
Do you guys get this hate where you live? I swear maybe it is a New England thing, but Japanese cars don't get any respect around here from anyone aside from other J-tin lovers or open-minded people. By that I mean way back when the guy hassled me about the REPU I had a great number of people say they loved my truck that night when I was either just getting out of it, or back into it to leave so I understand some people liked it, but the old guard muscle car guys seem to be stuck in the 1940's or something. I would have thought that by 2012 we would be past this sort of thing especially in a world where there really is no such thing as an American car anymore.