Time to Confess: Embarrassing Car Mods

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Many of the RMS membership have been longstanding members of many years, with the site deep into its teenage years (we’re 15 next year!)  Unlike our rose tinted glasses, the forum never forgets.  Not only our old posts, threads and photos, but much worse is buried: our embarrassing car mods.  It was likely your first car, and you wanted to make it individual to you.   It was at that point all sense of taste and style completely left you!

Embarrassing car mods - neon lights

MX5 driving member Jonathan (TAZ6416) asks us to look back in complete horror at the monstrosities that the cruise scene of the ’90s and 2000s brought upon the roads of Northern Ireland. We’re talking LED washers, TSW Venom wheels, 3 spokes, lexus lights, neons and ridiculous fibreglass bodykits bolted to 1200cc Corsas.

So it’s time to confess, to hoke out those old photos from your collection of ‘never to be viewed’ and post them in the thread below.  The criteria is very simple – a car mod that you thought was great at the time, and makes you cringe in agony now!


About Author

Andy is the founding member of RMS, and when he's not following motoring events around the UK and Ireland he can be found on the track (sideways, having competed in top level drifting for a decade), or of course he'll be on the forum.

RMS Forum Comments

CharlySkunkWeed replied at 20:11, Fri 16 Oct, 2015
Had neon lace round the lines of my dash in a focus . Flexible Neon LED Light Glow EL Wire String Strip Rope Tube Car Christmas Party
Coog replied at 20:13, Fri 16 Oct, 2015
Strobe light in the boot, headlight eye brows and a 6in exhaust on a 1.0 Micra. Cringe central. At least I'd the sense to not spend a fortune!
56oval replied at 20:21, Fri 16 Oct, 2015
Im old enough to remember when cruises were just the yank fraternity filling Lakeside with 10 second anglias and road cars with parachutes, it went down hill pretty quickly in the late 80's early 90's and once Max Power hit the shelves it was game over, hated the so called cruise scene that it became from then on out, so safely avoided all of the bolt on tat, neons and isopon bodykitted sh*tcan brigade. However, i did have my own take on poor taste. Ford Peppermint green was the rage, and a perrier can over the coil was de rigueur http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y144/t3ben/volkswagen%20past/volkswagenlife001.jpg
Wild Thing replied at 20:25, Fri 16 Oct, 2015
LED lights in the 80's and 90's I think you would have been classed as a witch
Terry replied at 20:26, Fri 16 Oct, 2015
I had a carbon bonnet for 3 days...... on a Ford Focus - I'm still scarred by that. Fitted HIDs to a Cosworth - moreso ashamed of that than embarrassed.
JayT replied at 20:28, Fri 16 Oct, 2015
Tsw venoms.
hannakournikova replied at 20:31, Fri 16 Oct, 2015
Blue led sidelights to my first car
simy replied at 20:34, Fri 16 Oct, 2015
Clear tail lights on my E36 coupe, cost a fortune and looked like crap.
Rocko replied at 20:36, Fri 16 Oct, 2015
Homemade chequerplate mats with the plastic fake stuff. The Focus. Pick any bit of it.
Jamie-g replied at 20:41, Fri 16 Oct, 2015
Back seats out and 2 kicker 15inch subs stuffed in.