A Brief Glimpse of my Life with my 2003 Tiburon GT
My name is Gabe, and at the time of writing this I am nineteen years-old and a student taking industrial design at Humber College in Toronto. I was born in Austria and have lived in Canada since I was five years old. First off, I know that this profile will be overwhelmed with text and my life story, but I am sure you’ll find my story interesting if you take the time to read it. For those of you that don’t care about my life (screw you guys! lol j/k) here’s a garage link full of sexy goodness.
In the Beginning..
Let’s start with the beginning. All my life I was into cars. I would know more about cars than anyone I knew at any given age, and was proud of that. When I turned eleven years old, my dad bought me what be my first issue of a car magazine for my birthday, known as Sports Car International (sadly this mag no longer is being published). I remember reading through the articles, and was especially interested in an article concerning the Porsche 911 versus the Dodge Viper. I was a die-hard Porsche fan at eleven years of age haha. But there was another article in the July 2002 issue of SCI. It was an article introducing the GK Tiburon (I’ll put in a pic as soon as I find the mag.. lol)
When I saw that car I immediately noticed how amazing it looks, and would not have guessed it was a Hyundai. I read the entire article and I was just in love. Everything that was written about it was phenomenal to me. The parts I did not like reading were that it was FWD, and the cost. I noticed how much it costs for the V6 (30K CDN) and thought that I will probably never be able to afford this car.. haha
The couple things I was concerned about did not keep me from dreaming about it though. When I was around thirteen years old and really got into modded cars (thanks to NSFU and Gran Turismo series lol), I really wanted a heavily modded Tiburon. Being the crazy kid in love with body kits, huge wings and carbon fibre, of course I desperately wanted a Tiburon with the SC-2 kit, a tall GT carbon fibre wing, and all the goodies under the hood lol. From this point on I was deeply in love with the Tiburon.
The Influence of NT-phetamine
I joined NT when I was around fifteen. This community steered me away from the ricer mentality (thanks guys!). I learned so much from this site. It’s crazy how much I’ve learned! One of the things I’ll never forget is how at that age I knew how all forms of forced induction worked. That year when I was in tenth grade I wrote a full essay on superchargers versus turbochargers. I must have wrote the most technical essay ever written in my high school. This community has made me love the car so much more as I have never come across such an awesome forum community before.
At this point you may be thinking that’s great that I love this community, but how could I possibly love a FWD Hyundai so much? Well, it’s because I think the GK has an incredible “soul.” This is hard to explain. The guys at Top Gear know what I’m talking about, they call it the “X-Factor”. That’s what I’m talking about, and I think the Tiburon has a lot of that. This is especially true when you consider Top Gear’s comparison of the Tiburon to the Lexus SC430. As mentioned on Top Gear, the Tiburon successfully has the necessary sports car qualities. The Tiburon is a sort of an “underdog” to me (when you consider the reputation Hyundai had when the GK Tiburon was introduced), and I can personally relate to that. I knew that Hyundai no longer made crappy cars, and since then I knew for a fact that I wanted the Tiburon as my first car (I don’t like calling it my first car though, I feel as though that assumes I will one day get rid of it- I never will).
As I got a little older I was still in love with the Tiburon, but just no longer as crazily as I’ve started to develop interests in other things. At the age of sixteen or seventeen, it has already been several years that I’ve been fantasizing about this car and realized that it’s going to take a long long time until I would get it. I thought of this as I was looking into costs of post-secondary education and I noticed that the cost of the Tiburon would is comparable to school... I started working and saving money up for school since my fifteenth birthday, just in case my parents wouldn’t be able to afford to pay for my education as soon as college time would come around (turns out at this time during the recession hit them hard, so luckily planned ahead). Not only did I work hard to save money, I worked hard in school too. Actually, I did so well in high school that I actually ended up paying nothing for school thanks to my scholarships