Then all the comment's and questions started and yet more and more teenager's all huddled round my engine bay taking photo's on their smart phones
The crazy thing is that they spend a fortune on dubious "modifications", and generally turn a pretty crappy car into an extremely crappy car. For a grand, they could get a car with a proper engine, and do real mechanical work on it.
I had a similar experience with the lads in their Saxos in the layby of the local petrol station. I came hooning down the dual carrigeway, and of course as I pulled in, the Pud exhaust was crackling and banging as it does. Clearly they heard it over the subs, because like a bunch of meerkats, they all looked up, trying to find the exotica - but all they could see was a rather grubby silver saloon car, with a middle aged bloke driving it.
Some of them wandered over, and there was a lot of "'kin ell, what you got on that" with several of them getting down on the ground to admire Pud's (or the Wizard's) welding. Feedback on the exhaust, was "it sounds great, why are the exit pipes so small?", which is inevitable given the well known ratio of exhaust tailpipe diameter to top speed. They were duly impressed with the engine bay (not as clean as some...), and requested that I give it some beans as I left. Clearly I obliged....
I did point out to them that they could buy one of these for a grand, and if they spent 2 grand doing it up, they would have something like mine. There was a certain amount of ribbing of one of the lads who had recently spent more than that getting his Saxo bodykitted. They also commented that the back and boot were huge, and would be great for the sound system.