"I got free tickets to the Montreal Autoshow. Do you want to go?", asked my wife last friday. This is how started what would be a very, very dark day for me. I didn't plan to go to the show eventhough I live almost next to it. I went the year before and to be frank, unless you plan on buying a new minivan or a new sedan, autoshows are, at least for me, kind of boring. But I never saw the new Corvette, the Felino was doing its public premiere and it's free, so why not! All-in-all it was a rather basic autoshow... Exept for one thing. One big thing. An entire floor, dedicated to a tuner from the Montréal region, "Zone Performance".

At first I thought "Oh, cool, some tuned Golf, Civics and Corollas, Quebec-style, that should be funny!". I went in the showrrom, rap music blasting at 11, with a big smile on my face, surrounded by people under 20 years old, who were most likely coming here to find technics on how to fit a NOS kit in a trunk already filled with a huge subwoofer.

Then my smile disappeared right away as soon as I stepped in. A Porsche 356 from 1961... stanced to the ground with orange lights and white flashers, all that with black Fuchs wheels and a modified Cox engine...WTF???? What is this?? Why doing this to such a beautiful car?? and what are those ugly stickers?

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I keep going, the classic 800hp '96 Civic that get all the kids to drool onto is here of course, an Honda Accord too obviously, a couple drift racecars and... what is that?? Oh no... Just in front of my teary eyes, was a 1987 Porsche 911 convertible, by "Rick Design" (write it with a crown on the "R"). It's a basic 911, problably a 3.2, but it's been butchered like none other. Stanced (of course), with a 7" wide body (yes, you read that correctly, RWB can go back to bed, we found wider than he does) and some Porsche Cayenne brakes...

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Then came a stanced (I have to stop saying that, they are ALL stanced anyway) Ferrari 308, which was a bit of a relief to be honest, as they could have ended up getting their hands on a good one, supercharged to 300hp (not a bad thing for once) that came along with the massive Rick Design sticker on the windshield... Good taste, good taste, where are you?

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A bit further, in front of a rusty VW Cox (stanc.... oups, almost said it again) was the second ugly 911 of the day. A 997 Turbo with the ugliest body kit I've ever seen in my entire life.

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But the winner (looser?) of the day was a 1969 Fiat 500. The entire back seats were removed and replaced with huge chrome speakers, sitting on a massive subwoofer.

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Next to a Smart with 165 tires on 10" wheels, I was there, speechless. How is it fine for these people to do such things to cars like this? Why don't they stick to crappy Chevys or Hondas?? And these are not the only ones: a '51 BelAir, '62 Continental, '71 Nova, '71 280SE, '66 Cobra (that one was alright and looked untouched except for the wheels)...etc. Why? What happened to that non-written rule of not touching certain classics? Let alone expositing them next to fluorescent Civics??

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A little bit of me of died that day, I lost faith in humanity a bit more than I usually do... Sad, just sad.

All the "cars" present on this floor of the autoshow can be found here: http://montrealracing.com/forums/showthr…

Please share if you've had some borderline suicidal experience like this one and what your feelings were when looking at the poor things destroyed by their owners.