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DONK – To Donk or not

Donking is the most controversial car culture. Some shows interest in them, while others claimed it to be the most hated car culture. With that being said, it is loud and hard to keep out of sight.

“It is all about taking an ordinary car to the extraordinary.”

When it comes to car culture, there’s no tastier flavor than a Donk. Specifically, “donk” is the nickname for a customized 1971-76 Chevrolet Caprice or Impala. Many folks erroneously use it to describe any custom car with big wheels. To be clear, flashy wheels aren’t required, but if you want a showstopper, they certainly help. In fact, some trace the term back to the “Impala” logo, which was endearingly referred to as “donkey”; others believe that the inspiration came from the resemblance of a “donked” car with a donkey. However, Caprices with the same production years are also part of the VIP donk circle. Over time, the term outgrew its cradle and is now popularly used to describe any vehicle with oversized wheels. Much to the dismay of hi-risers enthusiasts who proudly show their car’s correctness by keeping them clean and colour-matched.”

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Donks are big, old-school muscle cars. They’ve got big motors, big tires and big style. Of course, you wouldn’t know all this from the names given to these automobiles: Impalas and Caprices for Chevrolets; Camaros for Pontiacs; GTOs for Buick Roadsters. The truth is that any car with a rear end raised up and bouncing like it’s on springs is a “donk,” regardless of make or model. The first thing that comes into our minds when we talk about this particular car culture is their wheels. It’s all about going big or going home. The standard wheel size for donk culture is 20 inches, but for others who are bold enough, it can go beyond 30 inches. Moreover, it is not just about sizes, their wheels can be customized in so many ways, including color, that comes with different shades and diversity; or even spinning wheels, which is an alternative to static wheels.

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While most modifications are to enhance the performance of a car, in order for them to participate in drifting or racing, a donk is just a cruiser. They’re not meant to participate in motorsport. However, that doesn‘t mean that they are safe to drive in.If you’ve ever driven down Main Street in South Florida or on other sunny coastlines, chances are good you’ve seen a donk. A tall body with big wheels, a large passenger area and lots of chrome are the core components of a classic donk.

Up till this day, donking has since intertwined with various cultural scenes. In this picture, the ride is but a piece of a larger picture, a subculture characterized by a hallmark style that transpires in fashion, slang, music. A donk has become a must in rapper music videos

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