Motivation is a funny thing. We often find ourselves struggling to do what needs to be done-simply settling for what will get us by. This past year had been a blur to me. Every day seemed to be the same as the last- feeling like nothing was accomplished.
My absence from the car community felt almost like a reprieve, if not for the feeling that something important was missing from my life-those days I spent working, hustling, and using every free second trying to escape the sad reality of what life had become. It had long been time for change in my life, but the fear of failure and the unknown left me depressed, paralyzed, and afraid to start anew.
I remember when I first met Rob, years ago at a MassTuning rooftop meet in Boston. We instantly bonded over our BMW e36’s. ‘Years have passed since then and I can honestly say Rob is the same amazing kid that I met on that rooftop. He had such a subtle and laidback demeanor that I genuinely didn’t see how anyone could dislike him.
Rob is so mellow in all aspects of his life, that the level of care and attention to detail he puts into his cars blows my mind. Simply put, his cars are astonishing. His E36 drags it’s frame up and down the street every day; breaking necks and dropping jaws everywhere it goes. His 240sx (which we will be shooting soon.) is just utterly ridiculous without going into further detail.
What makes Rob’s cars so special is that he builds because he wants to. He’s driven towards his own vision of perfection and does not give one fuck about the criticism of others.
At H2Oi two years ago, Rob and myself had both of our cars in their prime and out for display. I remember the both of us talking to Rodolfo about being apart of Dapper and he chose Rob’s car over mine. For a split second I had felt a sense of jealously and anger. There was something about Rob though; maybe a feeling of respect and admiration that made it so I couldn’t harbor any ill feelings toward him for long. I still remember the way he looked over at me and said, “What is that kid smoking!? your car is way cleaner then mine.” After that moment I had nothing but the utmost respect for him.
On that very same trip Rob cracked his oil pan on the Tapen Zee Bridge in NY. I turned around to pick him and Amber (His amazing girlfriend) up, and brought them home with us. The whole experience and selfless kindness of fellow tuners really drove it into my head that the whole point of the scene is to make friends and help each other out.
This current climate of unwarranted hating and trash talking needs to stop. There is just too much rivalry and jealousy within the community. An overall lack of respect and love in the newer generation of car enthusiasts conflicting with the pioneers who built the community we all know and love.
Turner Motorsports Chip
BAV Auto Performance Coilpacks
Full Custom 2.5″ Catless Single Exhaust by Lou’s Custom Exhaust, Kingston NH