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Old 11-12-2013, 02:21 AM   #1
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Greater than the Sum of Its Parts: A Photographical Reflection on the BRZ

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When an enthusiast aims to become closer with his or her car, the best way is quite simply to drive it. Drive it on a
road you know and love. Drive the car until it becomes an extension of yourself; like a pen in your hand. For a select
few, this takes merely months. For others it is often a process that will last several years.

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But there are others that know of an alternative path to assimilate closely with their car. It is a close second to
driving, with which the rewards of, pay dividends simultaneously. These drivers find benefit in tasking
themselves with not only maintenance of functionality, but modification of form. These are the individuals
that gain insight from understanding the function of each element. They appreciate that their car is far greater
than the sum of its parts.

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When a driver has the means to modify a car to their taste, consequentially their understanding and appreciation
of their vehicle deepens. They themselves have torqued the bolts to spec; they have chosen parts that have been
over-engineered; they know where their shortcomings lie, and they have a complete understanding of their car as no
other person does.

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It is both a privilege and hardship at once. On one side, the driver has an ever growing personification of themselves.
On the other, they hold a joy which is often wasted, trying to impart it on others who fail to appreciate the connection
between driver and vehicle. There is however, a way to get close to sharing that joy of machine.

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There are others that walk a similar path. They come from different places, and live by different means, but they
share the same perspective. When those paths meet, friendships are made and camaraderie is shared.
Their experience is mutual and as drivers, they are able to grow together.

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What forms is a blend of experiences shared between drivers who are also friends. Like the car, their companionship
is much greater than each one by themselves. In the end, not only do you have a driver who is more closely connected
to his car, but many drivers who, through their shared understanding, are now connected with each other. What better
way is there to grow with your car than through the others around you?

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Words by Chris Miller (Cjymiller)
Photography by Chris Miller (Cjymiller) and Lue Tao
Special thanks to Billy @987 Motorsports
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my only brz86 friend is @BanzaiZee and she doesn't want to modify the car like me

I'm done modding until spring. Next is tires, maybe wheels. Some more suspension bolt-ons. Then a supercharger once my warranty expires.
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Cheers to long-term development. Mods logged with a month and year, because it takes time to grab that pen without thinking and sign your name. Friends and memories made along the way. Through the experience we shape our final setup.

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my only brz86 friend is @BanzaiZee and she doesn't want to modify the car like me

I'm done modding until spring. Next is tires, maybe wheels. Some more suspension bolt-ons. Then a supercharger once my warranty expires.
I live in Washington and ill be your friend no homo

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