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Our love-hate relationship with Liberty Walk

Liberty Walk, RWB, supercars and bodykits.

Part of what differentiates car enthusiasts around the world is the clear divide between the purists and the tinklers. The purists restore, rebuild and live by the rules set out by concourse, while our modifiers continually scratch the inevitable itch to customise and modify to their hearts extent – this is why we love the relationships and communities that cars build.

Both groups are easily identifiable from quite a distance. Traditionally purists are found amongst classics and high-end supercars that are specced and built the way the factory intended. While modifiers stand out with cars that are rebuilt and customised in ways that would never pass the pages of any factory catalogue.

So what happens when both worlds meet?

Recently there has been a shift as younger audiences are introduced to supercar and classic car culture are a much younger age, and let’s face it, younger audiences do not want to fit in, they want to stand out.

How does one stand out amongst the silver Porsches, scarlet Ferraris and loud Lamborghinis?

Easy… There are many ways, but only two names send ripples through creative outlets and bank balances.

RWB (Rauh Welt Begriff)

Liberty walk

Both outstanding, niche modifiers that provide access to one of a kind builds for the right customer.

Disclaimer; I don’t have an issue with either company, in fact, I embrace the idea around making the car yours, about adding the personal touch.

Where both manufacturers differ from any other manufacturer is that RWB specialises in Porsche only while Liberty Walk offer multiple kits for across the supercar spectrum, ranging from Lamborghini, Ferrari, Porsche, the mighty GT-R, Mustangs, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Maserati and well pretty much anything else. If they don’t have it, they will design it for you.

Skipping along, I only have 3 rules where I believe it is most suitable for changing the design of any meticulously designed and planned supercar.

  1. If you have binned the car on the track or on the road, and like Rome, you believe that “we must rebuild”.
  2. When you have the keys to the car you wanted but want to make it your own. It needs to stand out and match your personality.
  3. Last, but not least, you would like to go through the journey of building your own car. This point filters into the two points above.

Now that we have this out of the way, I get on to the reason why I get so frustrated with both RWB and Liberty Walk. The second disclaimer; this has more to do with the car owners than the actual companies.

Supercars are not just slapped together with hopes and dreams. As cars get fast and more powerful, there is more time dedicated to the engineering, planning, building and testing of each car than ever before. The design does not just live and grow from an aesthetic point of view, but rather in a wind tunnel where the dark art of aerodynamics is conjured and calculated. These cars take months of planning and years of building – dedication to one divine goal to compete and decimate all from track to road. Arguably the art of self-expression and future thinking engineer. After all of that planning, building and testing, it takes one person who thinks they know what they are doing to send the marching orders for fenders and bumpers to be replaced.

Now don’t forget, we don’t have an issue with self-expression and personal customisation. Where we start throwing WTFs around the room is when a brand new Lamborghini Huracán it cut, chopped and bolted back together and then appears on the front page or Auto Trader. WHY?

Why take your personal project and sell it off, at an over exaggerated premium to others?

OH come on Marko, this will never happen! WELL, IT DID!

Published by Marko Mandusic

It is pretty obvious that I like cars, wait, LOVE cars, but apart from that, I like to run too. I have a funny feeling that these two interests are somehow related. A bit like coffee and waking up, which are my next two favourite things!

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