Top 8 Car Cultures From Around The World

Since the automobile was invented different car cultures have developed across the globe. As in other subcultures, like punk or otaku, there really are no limits as to what can be done other than the ingenuity of those involved. From extreme camber to massive spoilers and cars so riding so low they could pass for a pancake, every part of their world has their own particular car culture. Here’s 8 car cultures that deserve to be highlighted.

Lowriders
Hot Rods
Lowriders were first seen in 1940s Los Angeles, their man feature: hydraulic ride height adjustment in different directions. Some can reich heights of up to 8 feet.

Spinners
Spinners
This subculture originates in South Africa. Drivers perform stunts whilst their car drifts round in circles, driverless that is.. Yes, spinners perform their stunts whilst their car spins round around them.

Boy racers
Boy racers
Famous for their use of huge aftermarket bodykits, exhausts and hifi systems, boy racers gained huge popularity in 1990s Britain.

Oni-kyan
Oni-kyan
This Japanese phenomenon translates as “Demon Camber”. The wheel camber on these cars is purposefully set to be so extremely ‘negative’ that barely any part of the tyre touches the road surface. This makes drifting much easier, as there is very little grip. However it makes handling the car quite an art!

Bosozoku
Bosozoku
Another Japanese subculture here, Bosozuku cars come with enormous body kits. It’s a visual expression of their owners’ rebellious attitudes.

Kustom Kulture
Kustom Kulture
You’ve probably seen something like it on TV. Regular cars are turned into something special, with fine attention to detail and special features.

Van Dwellers
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Essentially Van Dwelling is an extreme form of camping, Van Dweller choose to spend their lives living in a camper van. Apparently to get away from the stresses of modern life, perhaps it really is much better than a week of camping on a cramped campsite!

Hot Rods
Hot Rods
Probably one of the most recognisable automotive subcultures, Hot Rodding is almost as old as the automobile itself. With origins in 1920s America, Hot Rods are retro-fitted with much bigger engines to push straight line speed to the max. With it come cosmetic changes to give the car an exterior to match the straight line speed. Cornering is another matter though!

Source: Gocompare

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