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    I entered my MP3car in Hot Import Nights in San Mateo, CA this Saturday. Entered with my team (Praxis Racing) since we are trying to get more aftermarket support for the new Toyota Celica. The responce to my car was awesome. I had a ton of people all over my car throughout the night. They all wanted to know how I did it, how much it costs, etc. I even had people wanting to hire me to install a computer in their car. The funniest comment I got was from this guy that looked to be in his 40's. He looked at my trunk for a while and then as he's walking away, he says to his friend "it's ONLY a Pentium 2!" That really cracked me up.

    It seems like most people haven't even thought of putting a computer in a car. This really suprised me considering the type of people that go to these shows. I figured that with all the different audio/visual setups these import car show people do, it would be common to see a computer in a show car by now.

    Here are some pics if you're interested. My car is the Celica with the #6 on the door, and the pics at the bottom of the page are of my interior. Sorry about the speed...it's on a slow server.
    http://216.101.238.122/HIN10-06-01.htm

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    i used 2 find that my setup used to attract lots of attention @ cruises... even though the car was pretty standard

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    Ugh, Hot Import Nights. To me, it seems more like a rice-fest.

    Anyway, it's not surprising that more people have not thought about installing a computer in a car. For one thing, most don't have the knowledge. Also, the whole "import scene" seems to be about being different, but they accomplish this by making every one of their "modded" cars look exactly like the next guy/gal's. Case in point: Altezza tail lights, huge ugly aluminium wings, exhaust tips, etc. I think there's very little creativity involved. Plus, most of these people are the "bolt on" kings, as in their mods are commercially produced kits that get bolted on in place of the stock part. An MP3 player is a little different in that it requires fabrication, customization, knowledge, etc.

    As far as my experience with my MP3 player in RX-7 get-togethers, it's always a big hit. My car normally attracts more attention then even some of the most heavily modded 3rd gens. I don't see why it's that big of a deal, it's just a computer in a car. *shrug* But I think the real reason is that it's different.
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    Imports? more like a rice fest to me.My friend has a 2001 Toyota GTS got it for gradution gift from mom and dad he had a choice of any car he wanted and he pick a Toyota GTS worth about 22k at the time theres nothing special about this car and its really not worth 22k but for some odd reason he loves it? Top speed is 137mph tested,i think for 22k you should get alot more the 137mph.

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    aw, dont attack the guy. I for one don't like all the modded imports either, but hey, what ever floats your boat! Atleast he has a mp3 player in there! Ill stick to my 1964 falcon coupe, even though its been in the shop for 1.5 years =(
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    first off, your car is cool as hell!! the new Celica's are one of my favorite new age sports cars. second, its awesome that you have a mp3 player in that car. keep up the work and i hope new stuff comes out for it. youve got my support.
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    They are good cars,0-60 7.3s 170hp 4cyl,front wheel drive great on ice,and doing 180's & 360's on ice,but for 20k I think the japs should throw in some more hp.
    Can you even SuperCharge them Or Turbo them?

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    Originally posted by crazyshaxs:
    <STRONG>Ill stick to my 1964 falcon coupe...</STRONG>


    '62 Fairlane (not mine) in the background as i chop up my case.

    oh yeah, i like the new celica's too, but there not my style.

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    You lucky punk! Nice car! I SHOULD (fingers crossed) be getting my car soon! It has a 1993 msutang 5.0 efi, AOD, front discs, v-8 suspension now, a new rear end, Brand new reupholstered interior, ect ect..
    Here is my car when I first drove her home from Nevada:


    you can see more pics here if you wish:


    You can see more pics Falcon pictures

    I cant wait to get her back, install my mp3 player and sound system I have and take updated pics of her!
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    damn, that should be a killer set up! how often do you plan on driving it?

    i have a '63 chevy II w. a semi-built 350, 4.11 posi, no interior, drum brakes all around, munsi 4 speed, etc. etc. etc.

    its not much too look at but it wins races
    check out this video CLICK HERE





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