10 years of Reflection
Squad One LS430 – Photo: Paul Liwanag
The past few days I had the chance to recover from a pretty busy year. I’ve been thinking about everything we got done as a whole and everything we dropped the ball on in 2014. I was also reminded that it was time to re-up our domain. It’s been 11 years since we bought the domain while officially launching the site in early 2004. Instead of going into how 2014 was, I started to think about the past 10 years. Before I go into it, I won’t name any names, you all know who you are when I refer to you. All I ever wanted to do was to bring a community of VIP Car enthusiasts into one place. Back then we had no where to go, all the major online forums and communities shunned us for our “stance” and “fitment”. Also for what we find conservative now was considered extreme for most. For anyone who has been close to me, I never wanted VSC to hit the peaks that other automotive media sites hit. I just wanted a spot where we all can discuss our builds and share what we are learning in the process. Fast forward 10 years. I have had quite a few failed business partnerships and shops. Lots of friendships come and gone. Rise and fall then rise again of our forums. I am not perfect, I have made a ton of mistakes in the past 11 years. Worked with a few Japanese companies and I learned the hard way about putting all of my eggs into one basket. Losing really good friends and clients over these failed partnerships. One thing remains and thats my appreciation of everyone who’s supported us. Whether you still support us now or did at one point in the past, I am very thankful for it. To everyone who stood by me when I wanted to quit and close it down, I’m glad you kept lighting the fire in me. My good friends stood by me and even tried to help me get VSC back on its feet. I put my GS into my garage for 5 years and didn’t drive it, let alone start it. It took one of my good friends to find me at my job at Apple to coerce me to come back. During that time I watched many people claim to be “the VIP Car founder” or “the one responsible for bringing VIP Cars” here. That’s fine if you want to claim that, I’m happy for you. What’s important for me was the longevity of what we have. You guys can all argue over social media over who was first, thats fine with me. I will sit here and enjoy the view. What I am most proud of is seeing good friends of mine, fresh into this industry create a name for themselves. Shops that started with the VIP car world now branching out into all types of genres. Business models that started on VSC and became a worldwide phenomenon. I was able to see VIP builds on the cover of major print publications. A lot of these forums that in the beginning shunned us and wanted us out, now have a forum dedicated strictly for VIP Cars. We now have cars that normally don’t fit the VIP Car criteria now attempting to be a part of it solidifying my VIP Style definition. We are now seeing car shows now designating something that I have been trying to do for a long time. Splitting up the VIP Car award category into two different ones. One based on the traditional platform of VIP Cars only and then the other using VIP Styling cues but not using traditional platforms. That was huge to see.
Thank you everyone. Thinking back, I know now that want a true reboot of VSC. I want to bring out more of the best VIP Car / VIP Style builds out to the forefront. Give them the recognition that they should receive. I miss writing features, I’m not the best feature writer out there but its still very enjoyable for me. Lets go find some cars to shoot and write about. It’s been a great 10 years, lets make the next 10 years even more memorable and enjoyable.