Stanced and lowered cars are pretty common on the roads these days. But even just a few years ago, seeing an e30 dragging its ass would have been a rare sight. The proliferation of car parts and modifications to get cars lower than should be possible is only making it easier for enthusiasts to get low. Some people don’t quite understand the attraction, but for those who do, getting lower can become quite the obsession.
One of my college friends, known as Ryan Automatic, was the first person I ever saw who took the lowered look to the extreme. His GT-R purple 1993 Miata is insanely low, and he’s done quite a bit of work to get it there. The passion he shows for the clean lines and flowing look of a lowered car with wide, flared fenders really shows in his car and all the work he does helping others get lower. I asked him if he wouldn’t mind taking a second to explain his passion for stanced cars (and Ruckuses and vans).
TheSupremeLou: Alright, first things first: WHY SO LOW?!
Ryan Automatic: Why not? Everything looks better hammered to the ground!
TSL: Now that we've got that out of the way. What drew you to the "lowlife" and stanced culture?
RA: First it was the look. The wheels and tires flowing flawlessly with the lowered body lines to make it all one piece of elegant machinery. Then it was the pursuit of pushing the envelope and doing things that should "on paper" never work. Lastly, the community. I've met almost all of my friends via cars. Most people going out of their way to help others all sharing the same love. And the looks on people's faces when you drive by doesn't hurt either haha
TSL: How many front lips have you gone through in your life time?
RA: This is a common misconception about me actually. I have nothing against air suspension. I would love a nice setup on a car one day, but not this car. The bone jarring, rough, feel everything in the road feel only makes you feel at one with the car and really appreciate it.
RA: Absolutely! Drifting stays with you, you can't really explain the feeling but there's nothing like it. Ill never stop sliding whatever vehicles I own. Big plans for the following year to pursue more of this actually. The miata itself is more difficult to slide due to its short wheelbase but its more challenging and a lot of fun.
Ryan Automatic's Garage:
You can find more of Ryan's vehicles on Instagram @RyanAutomatic. All photos (except for the photo of the Odyssey) were taken by Some Guy Photography (who is seriously great. If you're in the New Jersey/Delaware/Maryland area, check him out. He does all his work purely for the love of cars). More of his photography work can be found at his Facebook page www.facebook.com/someguyphoto.