As Simon Kearne so eloquently pointed out in his introduction to this month’s theme, the world of aftermarket is one richly populated with products.
The list of the top-ten most popular aftermarket products probably includes alloy wheels, car-seat covers, satellite-navigator armatures, chrome strips for the edges of doors, fog-lamps and spoilers.
The addenda shown in today’s photos are new to me. I believe they are intended to evoke the wheel-arch details of the 1954 Mercedes 300 SL. Finding the supplier of these doodads proved to be rather hard. They can’t sell so very many of these based on the observation that I have not observed them before, ever in my four and half decades on planet Earth.
After looking at about 450 images of wheel-arch extensions and the odd actual Mercedes Gullwing, I threw down my facecloth. Emerging from my inquiry in short order: wheel-arch extensions are there to accomodate wider wheels than the body is designed to accomodate. Wider wheels are useful if you want to increase the car’s contact with the road is often desired in high-speed driving.
As I mentioned in a previous post, the issue of aftermarket additions concerns appropriatness. The idea that this Kia Picanto requires wheel-arch extension is not merely faintly ludicrous. This car is not a racing car; its wheels are not visibly wider than standard. What one is compelled to conclude here is that the extensions constitute some form of a joke. Upon reflection, I find myself wrinkling my nose at the joke and also dissatisfaction that I am the kind of person to wrinkle their nose at someone else’s joke.