French English Retour Retour

My Car, My Life. Tuning Fever


Lourdes Segade

About 1.700 vehicles 'fought' this year for the 42.000m2 of Montmeló circuit, in Barcelona (Spain). Not anybody can show his car here. Selection process is tough and the spectacularity of the cars shown proves it. Close your mouth or you'll get flies in it. If one believes to know tuning and has never been to a meeting similar to Maxi Tuning Show can't have an idea about the scale of the phenomenon. Tuning is not only cars, owners who spend millions making their vehicles look beautiful and imaginative experts who tune the cars and make an art piece from each of them. Tuning is not only technology and power; not only colors and designs of heart attack or tricked cars that run faster. Tuning is more than that. It is a very concrete kind of music and a way of dancing and moving the body; a clothing style and a concrete relationship with the own body. It is a way of buying and mix with other people. It is, in fact, a way of life. The deafening noise of cars and motorbikes that run in the circuit mix with the maddening sound of reggaeton music: “Asesina, me domina… Janguea en carro, motora y limosina. Llena su tanque de adrenalina cuando escucha reggaeton en la cocina… A ella le gusta la gasolina (dame más gasolina)” ("It kills me, dominates me... Runs a car, a motorbike and a limousine. Fills her tank with adrenaline when she listens to reggaeton in the kitchen... She likes gasoline (give me more gasoline!)"), sings a lyrics that sounds thunderous while the vibration of the powerful sound system does not allow to keep the hand steady to take photos to the car. Tuning boys love to show off car and girl. And the girls are proud to show off inside these spectacular vehicles. Weekend at the disco, boys with tuned cars are more attractive to their made up eyes. In the shows, though, girls are secondary actresses while cars attract all attention from people used to it and also from beginners. Even some famous actor takes for a walk around with his mouth wide open, maybe thrilled, like every one who is not accustomed to this kind of aesthetic? sign. On stage two impressive women move their hips accompanied by their "papito" (daddy), as said by the song they dance. Close to them, two hothead guys show off a phyton molurus snake on the cover of their Opel Calibra Turbo painted in orange and black. They belong to the Oxid Tuning Club. Christopher, the snake, is shitting in their trousers. Lots of girls come to see the animal from a closer distance and they end to talk to the boys and taking some photos with them. Might the cars be only an excuse? The truth is that diabolical, hawaian, ranger, wild or luxurious all type of cars have a place in this show. Come in and decide which one is yours.


 

Lourdes Segade / Picturetank SEL0059390

A man passes by one of the cars that took part in the show ________________ Un joven pasa junto a uno de los coches que tomaron parte ne el show

Montmeló, Barcelona (Catalonia), Espagne - 25/09/2005

exclusivity in france and belgium

 

Lourdes Segade / Picturetank SEL0059394

The motorbikes are tuned as well. In the image, a scooter covered with plush ________________ También las motos se tunean. En la imagen una scooter cubierta de peluche

Montmeló, Barcelona (Catalonia), Espagne - 25/09/2005

exclusivity in france and belgium

 

Lourdes Segade / Picturetank SEL0059409

Balloons adorning the exhibition perimeter of one of the cars that took part in the show ________________ Unos globos adornan el perímetro de exposición de uno de los coches del show

Montmeló, Barcelona (Catalonia), Espagne - 25/09/2005

exclusivity in france and belgium

 

Lourdes Segade / Picturetank SEL0059420

Alberto Pascual's car is a Porsche 928 that was fabricated in a Ltd. series. It is 23 years old. Alberto knew that he wanted that car and it took him three years to find it, and one more to take i to pieces and restore it. He spent more than 48.000 euros. The car is a sportive model with four seats and 340CV. Leo, a car preparator from Castellón, put to baffles of 800 Watt each and two covers of 1.500 Watt each. Everything is controlled by a computer with tactile screen placed in the dashboard. It also has GPS, personal computer, two small screen for the DVD and the TV and lots more accessories, almost all of them collapsible for routine use. Alberto, a 45 years old man, lets his two sons drive the car. "In fact it is driven by them, who take it by turns to go to the disco and meet girls; they love to be seen with guys in this kind of cars", says Alberto. The two boys (21 and 19 years old) and himself have been coming to the show for the last two years. For him and his family (wife included) the car is a good excuse to escape, go out and meet people with the same interests. The small motorbike was bought by his older son to move in the shows and tuning meetings. He also had the idea of tuning it like an eagle. ________________ El coche de Alberto Pascual (45 años) es un Porsche 928 que se fabricó en serie limitada. Tiene 23 años de antigüedad. Alberto sabía que quería ese coche y tardó tres años en encontrarlo y uno en desmontarlo y restaurarlo. Le costó más de 48.000 euros. El coche es un deportivo de cuatro plazas de 340CV al que Leo, un preparador de Castellón, puso dos altavoces de 800W cada uno y dos tapas de 1.500W reales cada una. Todo el equipo se controla mediante un ordenador con pantalla táctil instalado en el cuadro de mandos del vehículo. Tiene navegador GPS, ordenador personal, dos pequeñas pantallas para el DVD y la televisión y muchos otros accesorios, casi todo ello desmontable para el uso diario. El coche lo llevan los dos hijos de Alberto,

Montmeló, Barcelona (Catalonia), Espagne - 25/09/2005

exclusivity in france and belgium

 

Lourdes Segade / Picturetank SEL0059427

Showing wheel rims ________________ Llantas en exposición

Montmeló, Barcelona (Catalonia), Espagne - 25/09/2005

exclusivity in france and belgium

 

Lourdes Segade / Picturetank SEL0059430

There are certain vehicles in the show beside which everyone wants to be photographed ________________ Hay ciertos vehículos en el show junto a los que todo el mundo quiere fotografiarse

Montmeló, Barcelona (Catalonia), Espagne - 25/09/2005

exclusivity in france and belgium

 

Lourdes Segade / Picturetank SEL0059445

Even bycicles are prepared to match with the cars ________________ Incluso las bicis se personalizan para que hagan juego con los coches preparados

Montmeló, Barcelona (Catalonia), Espagne - 25/09/2005

exclusivity in france and belgium

 

Lourdes Segade / Picturetank SEL0059453

Taking a nap near the car ________________ Echando una siesta junto al coche

Montmeló, Barcelona (Catalonia), Espagne - 25/09/2005

exclusivity in france and belgium

 

Lourdes Segade / Picturetank SEL0059461

Lunchtime near the car. ________________ La hora de comer, cerca del coche

Montmeló, Barcelona (Catalonia), Espagne - 25/09/2005

exclusivity in france and belgium

 

Lourdes Segade / Picturetank SEL0059467

There's also time to seat and rest for a while ________________ También hay tiempo para sentarse y descansar un poco

Montmeló, Barcelona (Catalonia), Espagne - 25/09/2005

exclusivity in france and belgium

 

Lourdes Segade / Picturetank SEL0059468

One of the cars that took part in the show ________________ Uno de los coches que tomaron parte ne el show

Montmeló, Barcelona (Catalonia), Espagne - 25/09/2005

exclusivity in france and belgium

 

Lourdes Segade / Picturetank SEL0059470

The owner of one of the exhibited cars as he poses beside it. Most of them are young guys, from medium-low class and who often have tattoos ________________ El propietario de uno de los coches exhibidos posa junto a éste. La mayoría son chicos jóvenes, procedentes de estratos sociales muy modestos y a menudo tatuados

Montmeló, Barcelona (Catalonia), Espagne - 25/09/2005

exclusivity in france and belgium

 

Lourdes Segade / Picturetank SEL0059472

Though the car didn't need any lure, the vehicle exhibited by Vieta had a pretty girl inside ________________ Aunque el coche no necesitaba ningún reclamo, el vehículo exhibido por Vieta albergaba a una guapa chica en su interior

Montmeló, Barcelona (Catalonia), Espagne - 25/09/2005

exclusivity in france and belgium

 

Lourdes Segade / Picturetank SEL0059473

A graffitter finishes painting a mural on the wall of one os the stands in the show ________________ Un grafitero termina un mural pintado en un panel lateral de uno de los stands del show

Montmeló, Barcelona (Catalonia), Espagne - 25/09/2005

exclusivity in france and belgium

 

Lourdes Segade / Picturetank SEL0059474

A young cars fan gets out of an exhibited car told off by his mother when she noticed he was inside ________________ Un joven fan de los coches sale de uno de los vehículos exhibidos al ser reñido por su madre cuando se dio cuenta de que estaba dentro

Montmeló, Barcelona (Catalonia), Espagne - 25/09/2005

exclusivity in france and belgium

 

Lourdes Segade / Picturetank SEL0059475

Car carpets for sale ________________ Alfombrillas de coche en venta

Montmeló, Barcelona (Catalonia), Espagne - 25/09/2005

exclusivity in france and belgium

 

Lourdes Segade / Picturetank SEL0059391

A young owner inside his car ________________ Un joven dentro de su coche

Montmeló, Barcelona (Catalonia), Espagne - 25/09/2005

exclusivity in france and belgium

 

Lourdes Segade / Picturetank SEL0059415

Resting in the car ________________ Descansando en el coche

Montmeló, Barcelona (Catalonia), Espagne - 25/09/2005

exclusivity in france and belgium

 

Lourdes Segade / Picturetank SEL0059477

More than 1.700 cars were exhibited in a 42.000 square metres area ________________________________ Más de 1.700 coches se exhibieron en unos 42.000 m2

Montmeló, Barcelona (Catalonia), Espagne - 25/09/2005

exclusivity in france and belgium

 

Lourdes Segade / Picturetank SEL0059509

Besides the cars and other vehicles, the show gives huge importance to music (reggaeton over all) and dance. In the image, a group dances on stage ________________ Además de los coches, en el show son importante la música (sobre todo el reggaetón) y el baile. En la imagen, un grupo baila sobre un escenario

Montmeló, Barcelona (Catalonia), Espagne - 25/09/2005

exclusivity in france and belgium

 

Lourdes Segade / Picturetank SEL0059480

An employee as he sweeps the floor ________________ Un empleado de la limpieza barre el suelo del recinto

Montmeló, Barcelona (Catalonia), Espagne - 25/09/2005

exclusivity in france and belgium

 

Lourdes Segade / Picturetank SEL0059502

Tuned cars owners do not seem to be very respective with environment ----------------------------------------------- Los propietarios de los coches tuneados no parecen ser muy respetuosos con el entorno

Montmeló, Barcelona (Catalonia), Espagne - 25/09/2005

exclusivity in france and belgium

 

Lourdes Segade / Picturetank SEL0059498

Besides exhibiting their cars, many owners showed as well the numerous prizes and trophies they had got ________________ Además de los coches, muchos propietarios exhibían también los numerosos premios y trofeos que habían recibido

Montmeló, Barcelona (Catalonia), Espagne - 25/09/2005

exclusivity in france and belgium

 

Lourdes Segade / Picturetank SEL0059482

An albino Python Molurus snake is the main attraction in a concrete area of the show. Javi, the owner of of one of the cars, has brought Christopher along and every girl wants to pose with it on her neck ________________ Un serpiente pitón molurus albina es la máxima atracción en una zona concreta del recinto del show. Javi, propietario de uno de los coches, se ha traído a Christopher y todas las chicas quieren hacerse fotos con ella al cuello

Montmeló, Barcelona (Catalonia), Espagne - 25/09/2005

exclusivity in france and belgium

 

Lourdes Segade / Picturetank SEL0059484

Christopher (an albino piton molurus) rests on the car hood as Javi, the owner of the car (a prepared Opel Calibra Turbo) and the one who brought the snake, talks to Alberto, member of his tuning club ________________ Christopher, una pitón molurus albina, descansa sobre el capó del coche de Javi, un Opel Calibra Turbo preparado, mientras el chico habla con Alberto, miembro de su mismo club de tuning

Montmeló, Barcelona (Catalonia), Espagne - 25/09/2005

exclusivity in france and belgium

 

Lourdes Segade / Picturetank SEL0059487

A group of young boys and girls have fun in their exhibited car ________________ Un grupo de jóvenes se divierten en su coche

Montmeló, Barcelona (Catalonia), Espagne - 25/09/2005

exclusivity in france and belgium

 

Lourdes Segade / Picturetank SEL0059493

Resting after lunch; those who have cars, inside them. Those who don't, on the floor ________________ Un descanso después de comer, algunos dentro del coche, otros en el suelo

Montmeló, Barcelona (Catalonia), Espagne - 25/09/2005

exclusivity in france and belgium

 

Lourdes Segade / Picturetank SEL0059505

When the show ends garbage is all around. In general, the tuning culture is not very respectful with environment ________________ Cuando el show termina, el recinto aparece lleno de basura. En general, la cultura del tuning no es muy respetuosa con el medio ambiente

Montmeló, Barcelona (Catalonia), Espagne - 25/09/2005

exclusivity in france and belgium

 

Lourdes Segade / Picturetank SEL0059403

A young boy as he poses for a photo next to one of the cars that took part in the show ________________ Un joven posa para una foto junto a uno de los coches participantes

Montmeló, Barcelona (Catalonia), Espagne - 25/09/2005

exclusivity in france and belgium

 

Lourdes Segade / Picturetank SEL0059512

A man as he watches part of the show ________________ Un chico sigue las evoluciones de algunas motos del show

Montmeló, Barcelona (Catalonia), Espagne - 25/09/2005

exclusivity in france and belgium

 

Lourdes Segade / Picturetank SEL0059514

People at the terraces of Circuit de Catalunya (Circuit of Catalonia) follow one part of the show ________________ En las gradas del Circuit de Catalunya, el público sigue una parte del show

Montmeló, Barcelona (Catalonia), Espagne - 25/09/2005

exclusivity in france and belgium



top