Your Very First Decal
Our hobby is one that is loaded with brands, opinions about brands, passion about brands, and arguments about brands. Sure there is the obvious top tier stuff like Ford vs. Chevy vs. Mopar. If you've got a preference, Ford I hope, then you know the backstory as to why. I sure do.
Move down the automotive hierarchy to the performance aftermarket and you'll find plenty of brands that you grew up with still holding their own today. Most likely you have an affinity for certain ones based completely on their merits of quality, performance, and endurance. For you that might be an Edelbrock or a Flowmaster. Whoever it is, if they've given you an unexpected increase in horsepower, hit that perfect exhaust note, or delivered on whatever quality attribute you were looking for, then you're loyal because of it.
The brands you stick with now, may not be the ones that impressed you when you were younger. Even as "grown-ups" however, our attraction to a brand may still be less sensible than performance measures and more about nostalgia or reminiscence of youth. A lot of business is done in the hobby today soley on the "cool factor" which is easily tied to reminiscence. Think Offenhauser.
The potential of the nostalgic effect came to mind this past weekend when I tossed my 4 year old boy a Thrush Mufflers decal. We installed new mufflers on the Torino on Sunday. Upon returning from work on Monday and while sweeping the back patio, I noticed the decal found a home.
Remember your very first decal, what was it? Still using those products today?
Last edited by Mikelonis; 04-23-2010 at 11:10 AM.