Bakersfield, Calif.

By Brett Solomon Souping up your vehicle and then showing it off. It remains one of the quintessential American activities. American Graffiti was all about having your vehicle more 'tricked-out' than the next guy's, then cruising it on the strip on a warm weekend night. Well, as one pundit of the import performance phenomenon noted, "It's like 1955 all over again." But instead of traditional Detroit iron, the younger demographic has turned to Honda, Toyota, Mazda and Mitsubishi for the platforms to create rolling masterpieces of vehicle personalization. Moreover, they are spending huge dollar amounts to achieve the 'ultimate ride.' This new

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