Before you ask, yes, I have asked Vic for permission regarding this.
The COP both in part 1 and part 2 were among my favourite challenges on this board. But since different countries have different kinds of car culture, I have toyed with the idea to do something similar, but not identical, to show how different cars can have affected car culture in Sweden, and now I have nailed the idea.
So, Trafikjournalen is going to run a series of articles about cars from different eras and how they have affected car culture in Sweden. The first one being cars from 1946-55, then 1956-65, 66-75 and so on, the last part being 1996-05 or 2006-15 (I have still not decided if I will run that last one or not, the future may tell). I will be going through each one of the cars, regarding the roles they have had from new to today, which for some cars may be an interesting story to tell, for others, maybe not so much. That also means that more “regular” cars many times will have more interesting stories to tell than the most exotic sports cars that have been locked in since day 1 to raise in value.
However, unlike COP I will not have any kind of ranking system and no categories. I will just choose some of the most remarkable cars for each round that will get a honorable mention. That means that the car in itself have impacted car culture more than others from the era.
My ideas about the main rules for the competition:
It will be heavily based in reality, so I am giving myself the right to bin cars for unrealistic engineering (that also includes insane ET/PU even if there will be no hard limits). If you are unsure, ask first. Also, the cars will have to follow Swedish regulations (though when the game does not allow for them, I will loosen that up a bit, I will explain that in the actual rounds), which are generally less stringent than in the US so don’t sweat. Also, this isn’t exactly a challenge for the most insane exotics, so most of the limited production and all race parts will be banned (again, I can take that for each round), as well as meme bodies.
You can jump into the challenge at any round, but I want you to stick to the same “brand” through the whole challenge. Sub-brands and badge engineering are OK, as an example, let’s pretend that you would play as GM. It’s OK to be Chevrolet in one round, Opel in another and Cadillac in the third one. It is also OK to put a Geo Tracker into the fourth round but not a Suzuki Vitara. BUT, I want you to register your main brand and all the sub brands, as well as a history behind them and how they are connected, when you enter the challenge. It should be done in a PM to me before, or at the same time, as you send me your first vehicle. If you don’t send me any info about any sub-brands etc, you will have to stick to the exact same brand as your first vehicle through the whole challenge.
Submission time for each round will be around a week, but if I get 20 cars sent in before that, I will close earlier.
The car does not have to be released during the era to be allowed to enter. For example, a car released in 1974 can participate in the 1976-85 round as long as the trim year is between 1976 and 1985. Also, you can post the same model in two rounds, but not the same generation. As an example, let’s pretend you’re playing as VW, it is not OK to post 1984 Mk2 Golf in 1976-85 round, and 1986 Mk2 Golf in 1986-95 round. But it is OK to post 1984 Mk2 Golf in 1976-85 round and 1992 Mk3 Golf in 1986-95 round.
I will not require lore threads, but if you can’t link to one, I want a presentation about the car and its info and history here in the thread. Not one that tells anything about how customers saw the car as new or how enthusiasts see the car today, that’s my work. Your work is to present the car, the manufacturers intentions with it and the history behind it.
Any questions or suggestions before I open for round 1 submissions?