(Disclaimer: I do not like Donks.)

I feel like I'm not going out on a limb in saying that we all hate the Donk culture around here. The cars look gaudy and ridiculous raised up to accomodate oversized rims, slathered in ridiculous vinyls or pastel colors. Every Oppo probably looks at those cars with their brains screaming, "What an idiot! Who would ruin a Caprice like that?! He should be hung from his 36" rims."

All the while the person driving the car is probably too busy thinking about how awesome he looks and he probably couldn't hear you over the 12s banging in his trunk anyways. The point is that there are a lot of car cultures we won't understand. The style and aesthetics don't appeal to our sensibilities, and this is O.K. The problem is that every car is not our car and it doesn't have to appeal to us; it only has to appeal to the owner.

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For any auto enthusiast (even Donk enthusiasts), a car is an extension of that person. Modifications help mold a car into what a person wants to drive. For some of us, that means go faster parts and subtle aero modifications. For others, it means a sick set of coil overs and some flared fenders. It all comes down to how an individual wants their car to look.

My point here is that car culture is wide and varied and that we shouldn't immediately want to burn any car that rubs you the wrong way. From Donks to Hellaflush bros to street legal race cars, there's a place for everyone. I would in fact say that these different factions are a good thing, bringing more people into the fold of car culture and bonding together those car enthusiasts with similar tastes. You don't have to like everything you see, but be careful when you criticize because a car is an extension of an owner and there's room for everyone in this tribe of ours.