Magnificent Mags in Miami

Ridin' real dirty in MIA - 'scuse the quality of the image

So, I have to return to this subject of Miami’s vehicles of choice (even though I spent most of my time in Miami kayaking in Biscayne Bay, hiking through the Everglades and touring the Fairchild’s botanical gardens). I am fairly obsessed with Miami’s choice of cars. It’s fascinating.

Especially on my last night there.

As we were walking to dinner at a fabulous and chic restaraunt/lounge, MIA, we couldn’t help but notice the loud celebratory music in the distance and the noticeable amount of traffic on the roads.

Of course, when there’s traffic, I get more time to scope out the cars: bonus.

And what did I notice?

Again, garish, over-the-top modifications that you just wouldn’t see in Montreal. From a lift kit on an old Mustang to 22″+ chromed-out wheels. Miami drivers are all about the bling and all about being “seen” on the road. And yet their rides are pretty bland.

Sure, 22″ super-shiny chrome mags are eye-catching, but on a Sebring? Really? The combinations of cars and wheels just weren’t Kosher in my biased Montreal mind. At home, I find our modifiers have a certain air of class and sophistication (for those who dabble in the art of subtle mods as opposed to in-your-face-rice-rockets), such is not the case in the MIA.

Miami isn’t about flashing your status with the brand of your car (though I did spot some fabulous Lambos and Ferraris every now and then), but instead it’s about flashing your status with actual flash. And it doesn’t matter where that flash is put — be it on a burgundy Hummer (with matching burgundy in the chromed wheels)…

Hummer in the MIA

Or a jacked up, ridiculous looking Caprice (at least I think that’s what it was … I was too focused on the wheels to really notice anything else).

It's all about the wheels baby

It’s clear that Miamians love their cars, but in a different way from most cities. It’s not about how fast you can go or how much you dropped at the dealer, it’s about how you roll.

Drive on,
– M.

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~ by drivingmsmiranda on May 17, 2010.

2 Responses to “Magnificent Mags in Miami”

  1. […] I know the past few posts have strayed from my usual car crazy obsessions (save for the magnificent Miami mags, which just had to be blogged about, wouldn’t you say?), and you’ll have to put up with […]

  2. that red car is RIDICULOUS! lol soooo florida of these cars!!

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