In addition to my role as sound designer and video editor, I’m the resident car guy on the team. It’s probably genetic, as my dad was a teenager during the hot-rod craze of the ’50s. As my first vehicle, he gave me a small pickup truck. Since the engine of said truck was in pieces around our garage, I couldn’t exactly grab the keys and take off. He and a high-school friend of mine (who was way more of a gear-head than me) spent various weekends over a couple months rebuilding the engine, and getting the thing rolling again.
From these people and others, I learned about a variety of different cars, hod-rod conversions, 60′s sports cars like MGs, late 60′s early 70′s muscle cars, etc. I read a lot of Car and Driver, and gained an appreciation for expensive, high-tech sports cars and exotics, ogling exquisitely designed sheet metal, and poring over details of vehicles I would never own.
When I finally was able to invest in a vehicle that rose above basic transportation, it was Japanese, and I discovered that there were many people trying to make them faster, and doing increasingly well at it. The community of owners on the internet was a big part of sharing information about performance modifications and troubleshooting. This really helped accelerate what is now called the “tuner movement”.
One of the themes of this film is a clash of cultures, young vs old, tuner vs hot-rodder. As a group we have spent a lot of time poring over image searches of chop-cut 32 fords, t-bucket roadsters, ridiculously winged civics, massive bejeweled rims, and many types of modern aerodynamic attachments. It is my hope that we represent these cultures well and they become an intrinsic part of our story.