The Rice Report – Introduction

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I am pleased to announce the arrival of a new category: The Rice Report!

Surely you remember a time when it was impossible to drive anywhere without being constantly surrounded by ricers. It seemed to really peak right around 2003-ish. At the time I was driving an S10 with a loud exhaust and it seemed like somebody wanted to race me at every light. I remember receiving constant “rice-bys” on the way to school. (Who really feels like driving like that at 7AM, anyway?) I remember going to AMC 30 around that time and just marveling at how basically every spot in the gigantic parking lot was full of cars with unpainted body kits. And then, thankfully, the whole thing started fading away just as suddenly as it had appeared.

So for the last few years, it seemed like ricers were pretty much gone, but now it appears they are making a comeback! Where have they been all this time? In storage? Another state? A different part of town?

And why are they back? Are they actually back in style again? Is it the economy?

Are we seeing actual late 90s/early-2000’s era modifications, or modern interpretations of the classic ricer aesthetic?

This civic was spotted in Scottsdale in 2012. I guess the diameter of the rear wheels sort of gives it away, but the rest of the car is pure Vin Diesel.

I’m going to attempt to answer these questions, and many more, hopefully making sense of this phenomenon in further installments of this series. All the cars you will see in this category have been photographed recently, although some of them look like they could be right out of a high school parking lot circa 2002. If I have to, I’m going to start interviewing the drivers or something. I have to get to the bottom of this.

Stay tuned for more rice!

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