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  • Todd Cox

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    Without having to have lived in the pre-internet world where only mail order parts took 5 weeks to arrive at your door (often the wrong ones) through a single supplier you can't ever understand how difficult it was to maintain even a moderately popular car; forget trying to own anything truly unique. And if you wanted parts, you'd better have been awfully good at picking them out of the junkyards before they rusted to pieces.

  • Eddie Relvas

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    I'm with Matt on this. If all you need can be found locally, of course it's much nicer to get it that way. But for some of us who live way out of the main action, owning something rare (and getting rarer) can be quite a handful.

    I grew into this hobby as a teenager, and found myself trying the internet on my first year of college, which is when it really started being useful (circa '93 - gosh, was it really 20 years ago?!). I found advice from experienced owners living half-way across the world, parts from places I'd never heard of before, and actually sold quite a few off to other parts of the world aswell.

    Like I said, it's hard to understand the impact if you didn't live the experience before the internet, and especially if you're trying to revive or maintain something the likes of which you're sure there are none close by. That said, I obviously thrive on the personal contact with local aficionados, and do source all I can locally. But if we all still lived shut in our little villages, we'd miss out a lot of action. I'm not on facebook, or any of that nonsense, but the internet is quite a large part of my hobby these days.

  • Does anyone know what I should call that Porsche's incredible green paint? Was that color available from new or is this just a really nice custom job? It is incredible! Whenever I browse Petrolicous each day I see some great cars but this has to be one of the nicest older 911s I have ever seen.

  • Christian Peta

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    here is the original article:


  • Thanks Christian!

  • Stephan P

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    The internet has allowed me to both buy and sell classics as well as parts. When I sold my Fiat 1500 I had a much larger market due to the internet and I would have never found my Lancia Fulvia for sale in Italy had it not been for the internet. Parts too, I had some old Ducati parts that I wanted to be rid of but just couldn't throw away so I put them on ebay, I was surprised at the demand. That brings up a downside, bargains are harder to find because everybody has access to price comparisons.

  • Adam Kaslikowski

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    I don't think the effect of the internet on vintage culture can be overstated. While I agree that in-person meets and swaps are still critical and irreplaceable, the swaps wouldn't be the size they are, the parts wouldn't be available, and the relationships formed there wouldn't be as close. People show up because they heard about the meet on the forums. The firms that sell the little doodads and plastic pieces couldn't exist if all their customers were local. The web has connected all of us and made our hobby more doable. Just look at the explosion of this culture before and after the web. And look where we (all strangers) are having this conversation now...
    Thank you all for your kind words on the piece. I write because I'm one of you, and I'm better with a keyboard than I am with a wrench!

  • Christopher Gay

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    It's all good, just a sign of the times. My feeling stems from the fact that most people used to call my stuff "junk". Now I find myself bidding against these same people to purchase more "junk". Just call me bitter. ;)
    It is nice to see others who are passionate about similar hobbies, and really nice to see beautiful photographs. This is the only place I navigate on the internet, however, so what do I know? Oxymoron? Or just moron? Hey, I'm just the weldor.

    Thanks for the write up.

  • Stan R

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    once i got my career path in motion, i woke up one day and said "i'm a grown up with a satisfactory paycheck - think i'll buy the car i lusted for in my youth." so i went on the internet and researched for months before i pulled the trigger on a 4-wheeled specimen that fit my criteria and (very) limited budget. 4 years later and that specimen is in my driveway always eager for another spirited drive (thanks to several repairs and improvements made over 4 years). my friends (most of which are not car guys) say i turned into a car guy over night, but the truth is my inner car guy was dormant waiting for the opportune time to come out and play. The internet has definitely inspired and fueled my interest in cars by offering me my daily diet of car stuff to read, watch and participate in. seems like i go to a car event atleast every week thanks to the abundance of car culture here in Los Angeles (in fact, i'm going to one this Saturday - the Japanese car cruise in at the Petersen Museum).

    I'm better with a keyboard than I am with a wrench!

    i'm in the same boat. i have a big passion for cars... but with my wrenching ability? it's baby steps over here. (don't ask me about my last wrenching fiasco)


  • Craig Zeni

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    'struth. Completely. I've had my Midget for over 20 years and parts are significantly easier to come by now. Some of it's poorly made Chinese crap, but the forums and Feebay have really connected the MG community together. It's quite impressive...