Apologies for the late reply, gents, I was informed and I don’t mean to be misunderstood!
Thanks so much for the invite to the elite bugeye owners and collaborators among this little 1% group of GDA enthusiasts. I don’t want to give the wrong impression that I am ignoring and snobbing off the fine, tasteful group of individuals that are diligently preserving the Sport Compact Memory that is our bugeye.
I am not on facebook, and to make things worse, I never get out to meets. I am on What’sapp? and maybe google chat something? I think I speak for most of the OG’s when I can honestly say that life has finally gotten too busy to chat over coffee in some nicely lit parking lot – for what seems like hrs… The bugeye maintains that spot in our memory that we can still be entitled to driving it everyday – given its 4 drs for family or reasonable maintenance requirements. It matured, and it’s a look reflected in the builds I see on an increasingly number of bugeye wrx’s, as they have grown on in their years. It just so happens that when we got this car way back when, it kept is ability to grow with us, as we outgrew the ‘scene’ around it.
How many enthusiasts have you met that said “yah I had that car, and I loved this and this but I just needed back-seats? A usable trunk? Ability to drive in all weather? An engine that didn’t require $300 oil changes? Electrical issues? Just rusted out in x, y, z areas? Not RWD, Not FWD? Etc etc etc…” Maybe my tastes are starting to get in line with my grey hairs, but I kinda understand how and why Subaru released the first wrx to see North American shores, in the trim they did. Compared to the 300hp sport compacts of today, Subaru set the bar pretty much inline with their normal Impreza’s when maintenance time, tirewear, brakes, suspension, engine etc would show up.
It’s the most sensible car at a time when Best Motoring was making it known that Nissan’s coveted Skyline GT-R was getting its doors blown off, by the STI and EVO. Sure in modded form, the RB26 had much more potential but the in factory spec showdowns, the STI and EVO had proven themselves in performance far ahead of anything in their price-class and practicality. Evo with zero-counter-steer electronic handling aids and the STI with its raw chassis balance and philosophy towards direct power delivery.
Sadly, I am that enthusiast that has realized that so many people on the daily, simply don’t notice and don’t really care for any of these things. I have a 40 min commute each way daily and on a good day I’ll see MAYBE 2 STI’s, add in a WRX for good measure, and these will be of any generation. I never see the 04-07 STI wing (developed by Prodrive) and compared to the GD’s I see of today, my car rides kinda high and my offset is wheel-bearing conscious.
Hot wheels figured this out, peep their old school JDM line, its just ringing out to those who WISHED for these when they could buy a project car, and those collectors-now-fathers, can get a JDM tuner car for their son or daughter and keep a stash for themselves. Seen the 2014 Accord Coupe? It just speaks to the performance and styling that we could have only dreamed about when we were running 14 second 1/4 miles in the ef civic or hitting vtech in the ‘teg.
COLLECT ‘EM ALL!!!
I am that enthusiast like that guy you know when you were growing up. Before you had your license and you always saw that guy that drove that totally mint 1984 Honda Civic. Factory Mint. You kinda question why or how is that old car so clean? What was it that he saw in keeping it stock? Not even rims? It’s just so, ordinary?
That’s what makes this bugeye ownership so interesting. It’s just that kind of car that came at such a pivotal time that when you see one stock, today, it almost makes you ask more questions than one you see at HIN. I’d like to challenge that with seeing one completely unmolested is rarer than almost any bugeye on the road today! Check google images and finding a factory pic of a wrx is a hunt in itself!
And oddly enough, it still looks really good, in that odd, “really? 16 inches??” kinda way.
So again, I am totally humbled to reach out to such a large audience and I haven’t been down the wrx/sti modding rabbit-hole in quite a few years now, and it’s gotta show, but I’m still hustlin’ and still trying to keep it real.