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Old 03-23-2005, 08:09 PM   #1
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Cars, Girls, and Money

Cars, Girls and Money


Often times I have stated this as the three ingredients to life, but now, Iím starting to wonder why these all go together. I was flipping through some of my old super street magazines (was I really interested in that crap a few years back?), and practically on every page there was a half naked girl sprawled across the centerfold with something like a turbo or a BOV on her body.

Naturally, I gawk at the girl, and maybe later the car part, but I wonder if what Iím doing should really be accepted in the automotive world. What association do girls have with cars? I now that Iím speaking in general terms, and magazines like car and driver, road and track, top gear, consumer reports, etc, donít put pictures of models all over their pages, but why do others? Itís almost like a sausage fest, meant only for guys. Sure, 90% of tuners are guys, but why do you add in the stripper idea? Itís almost if girls are another part to be added to your car, an accessory. Hell, even the ads in my magazines have girls on them. One of them even said ďGirls love body kitsĒ. Sex sells, but then youíre drawing attention to the girl, and not the thing that youíre actually buying. Should this really continue? Or is it another ricer/tuner division thing?

Eh, the point that Iím getting at, is; ďShould cars always be related to girls and girls to cars? Or is it something that should not be condoned?Ē
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Old 03-23-2005, 08:41 PM   #2
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I don't know...Most guys that are into cars are also into women...I haven't seen too many gay tuners.

Women are in almost all ads for things that are marketed towards mmen, beer commercials, video games, etc. The magazin is just putting them in there as another reason to buy it.
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Old 03-23-2005, 08:46 PM   #3
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I don't know...Most guys that are into cars are also into women...I haven't seen too many gay tuners.

Women are in almost all ads for things that are marketed towards mmen, beer commercials, video games, etc. The magazin is just putting them in there as another reason to buy it.

you're missing my point. I'm very much straight, I'm closer to a pervert than to a gay, but the point is that, should cars be left for enthusiasts or for people who go to car shows to see the girls.

They're buying the girl, not the car, which kinda tarnishs the car's reputation.

err.....It's really hard to explain, do you see what I'm saying?
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Old 03-23-2005, 08:55 PM   #4
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Yeah I got you. Its all marketing, the guys staring at the chick with huge tits in a bikini holding an HKS T88r turbo, then the guy thinks "Oh, so if I get a turbo, she'll have dirty sex with me." Then he buys the turbo.

And don't worry, I wasn't calling you gay.
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Old 03-23-2005, 08:58 PM   #5
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Lemme change the question. If you had the chance to take out all the pics of girls and just leave the product, without any bad consequence, would you do it? Would you go for a clean CAR mag or a dirty CAR/PORN mag?

I guess the choice really boils down to something like; Super street vs. Car and Driver.
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Well, if i buy a car mag, I want to look at cars. If I want porn I would just go get that. So I would have to go with Car and Driver (althoug I would really go with Sport Compact Car, no wannabe porn, great tech articles, awesome reviews etc.).
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Old 03-23-2005, 09:02 PM   #7
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Same thing with NOPI? Would you take out the wet T-shirt contest? SEMA did the same thing, booths full of girls and cars.

It seems that people come to NOPI/SEMA just for the girls, and somehow I don't want that associated with cars. It has the wrong (ideals?) behind it.
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Well, the NOPI car shows (at least I think) are more directed towards ricers, and since ricers are retarded they prabaly come for the women and then are like "Hey look, There are cars here to!"

The image of the import scene is already a little askew of what true performance performance enthusiasts are into. So I don't thin it can hurt that much.

What it all comes down to is this; the women in car magazines, and at car shows doesn't really matter because they offer car magazines and shows devoid of any sort of ass shaking or mud wrestling. So the reader can just choose a different mag if they don't want all that crowding in wih thier car time.
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yeah, it looks like another tuner/ricer division thing.
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Old 03-24-2005, 12:25 AM   #10
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They're buying the girl, not the car, which kinda tarnishs the car's reputation.

Do you really think this?

I think it is just a case of similarity for the marketing demographic. Guys like cars, guys like hot girls. They put them together in the past and it seems to have worked. Is it getting to the point of abuse? Thats a tough question... is that what you are asking?
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Old 03-24-2005, 12:33 AM   #11
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I think they are telling you something a little obvious = if you have an xyz car you will pull good looking chicks. Stupid as it may seem some blokes actually believe a car is a babe magnet.
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It's all about cash. You could have exactly the same automotive content in 2 magazines, but if you put them side-by-side on a shelf, the one with the chicks in it will sell more copies. I'm sure many of the guys buying the mag would buy it with or without the women, but what about the guys who aren't hardcore car modders. For them, they just want to find out some of the latest stuff about cars, and the chicks are just like an added bonus.
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Old 03-24-2005, 12:41 AM   #13
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Both my girlfriend and my mom think its funny how I'll be driving and I'll gawk out the window at a nice car...they both think I'm looking at a girl, till I point out the Ferrari behind her.
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It's all about cash. You could have exactly the same automotive content in 2 magazines, but if you put them side-by-side on a shelf, the one with the chicks in it will sell more copies.

Is that why Car&Driver and MotorTrend outsell the tuner rags?
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Old 03-24-2005, 06:56 AM   #15
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Is that why Car&Driver and MotorTrend outsell the tuner rags?

car and driver and motort trend are directed to a wider array of audiences, rich old guys will read them to see what new ride they can have, families use it to judge on there next car purchases, and teens use it to learn about whats new and/or dream about haveing those new cars.

as for tuner mags like super street, HCI, Sport compact car(my favorite), and import tuner id say 95% of those sales go to youth 15 to like mid to late 20's and most people who are that age all they think about and talk about is sex, and then they see fast and the furious and decide they know everything about cars and so they decide to get the magazine, import tuner seems to be one of the favs.

Im not saying all people who get these magazines are like that, just alot of them are.
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