if i may here...
so long before i got into mopeds i was into hotrods and musce cars. i went to UTI in chicago and was a ford major through the ford F.A.C.T. program. i worked at a dealership (EBY FORD FOR THE ELKHARTERS OUT THERE WOOT!) and at an auto zone when not at the dealership. cars were my life.
now in relation to the old timers....
you can slap an edelbrock intake and carb onto a small block for a power boost but you know who did it first? the old mr. edelbrock. when? around the 30s! to this day. iconic of the eras gone by in performance were images of the tube rocket drivers with thier mustaches and cabbie hats, the lead sleaders and the greasers of the 50s. the beach scene and the dragsters of the 60's, and the freak out stylers of the 70's.
culture in it self is defined by the traditions and customs of our ancestors. culture is defined by what is passed down to us from our elders.
i dont know how many times id be machining some heads for a small block and have one of my older hot rod buddies over saying, that ports too big, or let me show you THIS old trick.
especially the mopar guys. thier a breed of thier own. theyve always got some old school trick that they never taught us in the hot rod magazine sponsored electives "hot rod u" at school.
ive learned all my best tricks for body mods and such from old timers who used to build the "lead sleds" of the 40's and 50's.
from time to time they dont understand the current trends in performance or culture. WHY DO YOU WANT ELECTRONIC IGNITION? YOU DONT NEED THAT CRAP? WHY HAVE AN X-MEMBER EXHAUST? YOU DONT NEED TO MERGE IT, JUST THROW SOME 3 INCH STRAIGHT PIPES ON THERE! DO YOU REALLY NEED ALL THOSE FANCY GIZMOS IN THERE? I THOUGHT THIS WAS A HOT ROD!
ALL CULTURE EVOLVES!
but that doesnt mean that they ways of the past are obsolete.
by definition a culture is the the traditions and customs passed to us from our elders. therefore, any moped cuture of today should be paying much closer attention to what those who have been around longer than you have to say. you might know more about your polini kit but i guarantee they know how to get more out of your spark than you.
these guys were the pioneers. the ones who saved up their money to buy that sweet new moby or puch. the same guys who cleaned them every weekend and analy measured thier oil mix. thier bikes were thier babys, EXACTLY LIKE ALL THE HOT ROD GREATS!
from ages 17-21 i was part of the pit crew for Norm Roll. a champion drag racer for the NMCA. with a world champion ship and a runner up under our belts. Norm is the father of my best friend. and guess what? his 72 nova was his high school car. the first one he ever had. 36 years hes been fucking with that thing and for it he was a world champion drag racer. he still parks it in his moms garage!
there may be some generation gap issues between us and them, but you need to show some respect. shut your mouth and learn a bit. cuz we seem strange and weird to them, as will the future generation when we are that age. but they have alot to teach us.
i see the same thing happening right now with current branch members. they like myself, are getting old. its time to TEACH the kids. show them the way, or get out of thier way. cuz they are the ones who will fill your spot eventually.
bottom line here is...
have some respect, for the old, for the young. theres alot we can learn from each other. if your truley looking to have a well rounded knowledge of mopeds, and culture, then find your common ground and embrace it.