I know, you're all sitting there hitting refresh wondering what I think!
While it's not my cup of tea, I can understand the genre. Think about street rods. Cars of the 1930s weren't made for the roads of today, so people have created specialty chassis and drivetrains that bring that drivability up to an acceptable level. I think this new ProTouring genre is pretty much the same thing. Think about how comfortable and smooth current cars are today, next to the way 1960s cars drive. I know that even my 1999 Plymouth Breeze is a better driver than any of the 1960s and 1970s cars I've owned. It's comfortable, drives smoother and takes turns better. It's quieter, has air and power accessories. Most important it's bullet proof reliable at 140,000 miles. Thinking back, my '65 Barracuda or '66 Valiant ran on 13" tires, had inadequate brakes, handling left a lot to be desired, road noise was loud especially at higher speeds. And when you got it up to 80 or higher, the whole car vibrated. It just wasn't made to do that. So, same as street rods, it makes a lot of sense to update these cars to current standards to have a unique ride that drives to today's standards.
this is what makes 1:1 cars and model cars so great, love this stuff. I think it is truly an individual thing. let me talk you thru a cruise night in my pro street road runner, first off, I have to sling my butt over between the cage and the steering wheel into the Jaz fiberglass seats (at 53 and 230, that's getting harder to do), carbs are always hard to start, prey I don't have climb back over the cage to undo the 8 or so deuz fasteners holding the hood down to adjust something. fire it up, let it warm up, no power steering, brakes, window, heck, not even a radio! idle down my dirt road with the windows down cause its starting to get hot. it has an aluminum firewall that conducts heat from the engine real well, turn onto the main street with the rear end wobbling around because of the big' ol tires. get into a straightaway and hit 1/4 throttle just to get a thrill and make some noise. get to the local hot spot, hope she is running cool....... out, in, do it all over for the ride home. good thing I live on a street with only a few houses cause I sure will wake everyone up. get it in the garage and shut her down for the night, sweaty, kind of tired, I look at the car, smile and think that I wouldn't give that up for no air conditioned, smooth riding, tunes playing cornering machine if you paid me!!
sorry to ramble but it's just way too much fun!! I guess what I am saying is keep your pro touring, give me pro street!!