Dutch photographer pimps rides in the cover of darkness

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Custom cardboard car Max Siedentopf Photos

It’s a new year, so maybe it’s time for a new you. Maybe you finally quit that job you hate in pursuit of something fun, put down that pack of cigarettes, maybe you revamp your wardrobe, join a gym, go on a juice cleanse, or pick up a new hobby.

This is your year and if you happen to be a lucky resident of Amsterdam, you might get some inspiration for a new look from photographer Max Siedentopf, and his new hobby of “customizing” strangers’ cars.

Each night, Siedentopf cruises up and down the streets of Amsterdam looking for the most average cars he can find. Without knowing the owner or the owner’s tastes, he takes it upon himself to quickly apply custom fenders, wings and hood scoops with his trusty tools – a few pieces of cardboard and some masking tape.

After the custom work is done to the various Peugeots, Lancias and Volkswagens, Siedentopf takes a photo of his masterpiece, leaving the pimped ride for the owners to discover the following day.

So why does he leave perfect strangers with customized supercars? To this he said, “Individuality, self-expression, and status are more important than ever these days. But for some reason you see that things as ordinary as cars are getting personalized less and less, while it could be a strange but great form of self-expression.

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“I thought I’d do people a favor by giving them a custom-made supercar.”

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Nicole James has been involved in the automotive world her entire life. Her dream car is a 1965 Shelby Daytona Coupe. She currently drives a 2005 Mustang affectionately known as Marilyn and uses the car to participate in track events, car shows, and explore the world around her. Nicole joined the ClassicCars.com Content and Marketing team in 2014. Nicole is an automotive journalist and the creator of Pretty Driven - an online source for car culture and news for millennials, as well as a contributor for ClassicCars.com. Follow Nicole on Instagram and Facebook - @Nicoleeellan