Expensive car hobby a passionate subculture for some students
Students are modifying their cars to compete with friends
Photos and story by CHRISTOPHER HARCOURT
Some young adults don’t see cars as just a mode of transportation, but a passion that went into overdrive.
These students have multiple cars they work on that they modify, often spending thousands of dollars they can barely afford. Each modification serves a purpose — and creates friendly one-upmanship between peers.
Allan Murillo, who attends the automotive technician work training program at BCIT, owns a white 2018 Subaru WRX STI sports car.
Currently working as a technician at Mercedes-Benz, he has access to a Mercedes shop, which he uses for repairs. Luckily for Murillo, he can get discounts on certain services or parts like an oil change or a new cooling line.
“Basically, maintenance stuff but I don’t think modification stuff you can really get discounted,” he said.
One of Allan’s friends Denver Paganster, a technician from Honda, owns a sleek navy blue model. He said his hobby is an expensive one because the used car market is overpriced.
According to Paganster, a 2000 Civic currently runs between $6,000 to $8,000 when not long ago it would go for under $3,000.
European brands are hard, too, said Murillo.
“Just for the body of a rusty car is $8,000 to $10,000,” he said.
Despite the toll on their wallets, this group of young adults somehow finds ways to keep their passion of their vehicles running all gas, no brakes.
Allan Murillo and his friends like meeting up with each other and comparing the specs of their custom cars.
They share a common bond as car enthusiasts and multiple of them work as technicians to stay close to their hobby.
Whether it’s an outdoor parking lot, an indoor one or cruising on the road the hobby extends to multiple locations around Metro Vancouver.
Allan and his friends will continue to hit slingshots and donuts in the open parking lots and roads while constantly improving their vehicles.