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Opinion Piece: Getting Dirty (Street Commodores Editorial Column)

04 Dec

This is the 20th in a regular series of editorial pieces we’ll be posting here on the blog, originally written by Hosking Industries’ Ben Hosking for Street Commodores magazine and other magazines he’s completed opinion pieces for. This column appeared in issue 188 of Street Commodores:

Getting Dirty (Written July 4, 2011)

Dipping a toe into the water with some simple mods to the new daily.

So it’s been about a month now since I introduced you all to Project BASICS: the newest member of the Street Commodores family. I’m very happy to inform one and all that it’s been a case of ‘so far, so good’ – nothing has fallen off, nothing has stopped working and I haven’t been left stranded at the side of the road with no oil pressure.

I must admit, I always find the first few months of car ownership the most stressful. Whenever I buy something new (which really isn’t often) I’m always waiting for something to fail. Often the stereo stays off so I can listen to any and all creaks, squeaks and rattles – no matter how tiny.

You’d probably be right for thinking I could be acting a little too paranoid or overly concerned about a vehicle that only cost a few grand, but it’s always the same process with me: a little extra tension in the jaw, an inability to relax when I’m behind the wheel and regular checks under the bonnet for leaks of any kind. That’s just me.