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igor@af
04-01-2004, 12:19 AM
Ladies and gentlemen,

It is with my greatest regret that I write this.

AutomotiveForums.com has been online since November of 2000 - well over 3 years. In our time, AF has grown from being a small site struggling to gain new members to a website that is overflowing with wonderful people from various countries around the world. On our journey, we have had our ups and downs, this current 'down' is unfortunately way below the waist.

AutomotiveForums.com will officially shut down on April 5th, 2004. The domain name, in remembrance of the great website that it has grown to be, will remain held and unavailable.

I wish I had been keeping a running list of people I would like to thank for this inopportune moment. But... I had never in my wildest dreams thought this day would come.

I want to thank everyone that I have come in touch with over the past years through AF for your help, advice, assistance, and everything else.

I cannot write any longer as it brings forth too much pain.

We hope that you will remember AF as a great community that was once the strongest online, truly "connecting the auto enthusiasts" of all kinds.

It's been an incredible ride. I hope everyone has enjoyed it as much as I have.

Sincerely,

Igor Sushko

Skateforfood
04-01-2004, 12:25 AM
Something sounds pretty weird, Dont get mad at me but why all of the sudden before April 1st this happens? And if this is true Ill pay all the money I ha ve to get AF back!

lazysmurff
04-01-2004, 12:30 AM
fingers crossed, hoping beyond hope this is just a cruel and unusual april fools joke...

tibby01
04-01-2004, 12:30 AM
setup that donation page dude. we could get 15k in 5 days!!!!!!


that is unless this is an april fools joke.

Oz
04-01-2004, 12:33 AM
How is this in any way funny? I still don't understand the 'joke' part of it. :(

http://www.automotiveforums.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=208048

jon@af
04-01-2004, 12:34 AM
I wish this was a joke. Iggy, dude, I'ma miss this place.

Jetts
04-01-2004, 12:37 AM
shitty, what is the reasons?

jcz1987
04-01-2004, 12:40 AM
I hope that we could get some money before it closes. I 'll try to donate money. we need to keep these forums running.

yotatechie04
04-01-2004, 12:53 AM
Man, I really hope that this isn't any kind of a joke. It isn't even that funny. Let's all hope that it don't happen, and if it really is going to happen, let's try our hardest to keep AF.com from shutting down. It's been the best place for enthusiasts to gather and share online. If it has to go, it's a shame. :(

SikNingStang
04-01-2004, 12:59 AM
Damn, I just joined. I didn't get to enjoy it for long but for how long I have it's been great. I'd be happy to donate some money.

Toksin
04-01-2004, 01:05 AM
Fuck I wish this was a joke, but it's true.

Twas fun, now we must depart.

Long live AF.


:(:(:(

JoeWagon
04-01-2004, 01:11 AM
I heard a rumor that Igor had been in an auto accident in the AF-350Z and is in the process of some kind of a lawsuit???? Anyone know more about this? I tried PM'ing Igor but I guess he is very busy trying to deal with whatever is causing the shutdown.

Skateforfood
04-01-2004, 01:14 AM
Yah I really wana know what is happening! and if he did get in a wreck thats not fare that he is being punished!

ikOnone
04-01-2004, 01:16 AM
i am almost tempted to pull the bs flag because that says it was posted only a few min. into april fools day (not april my time :mad: ). then again, why are all of these people saying it is true? and why is no one explaining? and if it was a money issue (what the heck else could it be?) why was there no warning links like "donate or the forums will die" ?

it all smells a bit fishy to me but i am still scared. i was just starting to settle in here and have some fun. i bet this is bs though.

by the way, april fools pranks do not have to be funny, just make a fool out of some one ;)

ikOnone
04-01-2004, 01:19 AM
wahhhhh!

now the post times are all way off? looks like some admin has a little too much time on their hands :nono: :p

ikOnone
04-01-2004, 01:21 AM
and if i am not mistaken igor, kentucky is only one time zone over from me and it is 11:20 here so it is just after midnight there... you were just waiting for this huh?

burly
04-01-2004, 01:30 AM
oh man, please let us be the fool.

There is no other place like this and I have come to love and depend on this forum in the last several months since i joined.

michaelsd16c
04-01-2004, 01:42 AM
Yes please say this is a joke :evillol: If you needs some money i would be glad to donate :iceslolan FOR THE BEST FU*CKING FORUM IN THE WORLD :biggrin:

Say it ani't so....somebody pinch me and wake me up from this horrible nightmare :uhoh:....anybody???

jon@af
04-01-2004, 01:50 AM
and if i am not mistaken igor, kentucky is only one time zone over from me and it is 11:20 here so it is just after midnight there... you were just waiting for this huh?
wrong. Dude, we aren't that much of assholes here. Face it. It's done.

aznxthuggie
04-01-2004, 01:51 AM
so horrible =*(

but then again for me there still an hour n 10 minutes til april 1st =D

tibby01
04-01-2004, 02:02 AM
can anyone confirm the rumor that igor crashed the project 350z?

and i wouldnt think of you guys as assholes if you played this joke. hell, it would be a pretty good one.

ikOnone
04-01-2004, 02:05 AM
wrong. Dude, we aren't that much of assholes here. Face it. It's done.

who said you were assholes? and why is it that all you guys with high post counts (not admins) seem to know exactly what is going on? it just seemed really fishy with that timing and then the clocks going crazy. i would also be glad to donate to keep this place alive but i will wait until tomarrow.

so what it was because of the 350Z project and sponcers pulling out or something like that? why won't sombody please elaborate with all the details/specific doller amounts needed etc. i am sure you could rais the money.

gr8gatzby
04-01-2004, 02:16 AM
1) how much to keep it running.

2) is it money or personal reasons?

tibby01
04-01-2004, 02:22 AM
they are mods dude. notice how it says something completely different under their usernames.

YeTi
04-01-2004, 02:36 AM
Whoa, whoa, whoa...
hold on there turbo (and N/A)
first, i must agree. this is fishy.
second, what is the status on the AF-350z?
third, ...well there isn't a third.

Ricochet
04-01-2004, 02:37 AM
Hmmm.. 5 whole days of totally bashing noobs and "getting banned" won't mean anything :devil:

street_racer_00
04-01-2004, 02:38 AM
I hope it's an April fools joke too, although it's only 11:37 pacific time over here. How do we donate to keep it from going under?

tibby01
04-01-2004, 02:39 AM
Hmmm.. 5 whole days of totally bashing noobs and "getting banned" won't mean anything :devil:

excellant[/mr. burns]

DJSurfer616
04-01-2004, 02:45 AM
this fucking blows!

YeTi
04-01-2004, 02:46 AM
well put

Ran
04-01-2004, 02:51 AM
trying to fool us hehe:loser:

youngmanvr4
04-01-2004, 03:37 AM
If AF gos what am i going to do for the 5 hours a day i'm on here?

GvEman
04-01-2004, 04:11 AM
I hope this is a Joke!

AF is the best forums sight!

I mean wear else can you get in tutch with so meny people with the same interest....?

I realy hopes that this is a joke!

anarchy1114
04-01-2004, 04:35 AM
ok i dunno if this is a joke but i kno igor started naming mods after we finally rebeled in the dsm forums and demanded them, and as far as i kno the only reason we have mods now was because igor was to busy or something like that.

it seems fishy but at the same time it doesn't. i mean with people being appointed as mods because igor was to busy makes it seem like this could be real but at the same time i dunno why he would shut down such a popular site that helps so many peeps.

and i'm in on donating money to keep af.com alive if this is tru.

i hope and pray tho that this is an april fools joke. af.com can't just go out like this. but i/everyone won't kno till it happens or not.

thanks for the great experience here on af.com if the site goes down.

if af.com goes down we all should have a moment of silence to honor it and then drink a lil liquor for it as well.

youngmanvr4
04-01-2004, 04:38 AM
Think about it.After all the "AF gear" that was made like what...a month ago...and all the money that went in to that.Well i'll just say it this way...thats to much money going down the Jon.

youngmanvr4
04-01-2004, 04:43 AM
Yea...i'm going to miss this place if it go's.Not only this site but the people that are here...thanks to everyone if it go's or doesn't go.Thanks anyways.

tUsCaN_rAiDeR
04-01-2004, 04:44 AM
man this is incredibly sad. i have come to love this site, especially the sketching and drawing forum. its helped me so much. i very much doubt this was a joke, as much as i want it to be. btw, if u visit the sketching forum much, i made a "final thread" for it. :*(

ill miss this site man, its been awesome

peace

GvEman
04-01-2004, 05:02 AM
If this is for real... why not then ad som sponsors to the sight... i mean it is a lot of people that are on this page every day... and a site as this could be a big investment for anny company...


And I ame in to help af if it is needed... i mean i think meny peopels ar... if it cost aŽbout $10 to be a member of af... then I atleast will pay.

flyonthewall
04-01-2004, 05:12 AM
Great April fools dude!!!:D....I hope!

flyonthewall
04-01-2004, 05:51 AM
Great April fools dude!!!:D....I hope!

Ah man!! So it is true :mad: Good luck everyone

zebrathree
04-01-2004, 06:18 AM
.....

Bryan Vandie
04-01-2004, 06:33 AM
Son of a Bitch!!!!!!! Howard Stern and AF in the Same F##KING day!!!!!!!!! This better be a joke!! I can't function without either one.

SniperX13
04-01-2004, 07:10 AM
I may not have had a high post count, but I was always impressed with the timely and informative repsonses that I got, regardless of what was posted andin what section it was in. There is no other site out there that has all this amount of information in such a tightly nit society. Its awesome to see so many people gather together to keep this place alive, and if someone will post how to donate money, ( I don't have a credit card... so it would have to be mailed) but AF has $100.00USD of my money to keep this place alive.

especially since I have no where else to go!!!!

ashah000
04-01-2004, 07:25 AM
I am going to cry if this is not a joke :crying:

Dont do this to me!!!

SniperX13
04-01-2004, 07:25 AM
you know, I just did a search for automotiveforums.com on yahoo.... and came back with over 100,000 hits..... alot of places recommend this site for others to go and get the information that they need. there has got to be a way to nab partnerships, or new sponsors....

B1SiR6A
04-01-2004, 07:26 AM
...damn... :disappoin ...What am i gonna do with all my time at night now?... :disappoin

freakonaleash1187
04-01-2004, 07:47 AM
what am i going to do without af :crying: . i have come to love this place. i have relied on af often times to get me infromation i was never able to find. i will donate money too.

Zwrangler
04-01-2004, 08:26 AM
look it can't be true. this site has over 100,000 members and has a huge following. Even if 2 sponsors did pull out, there'd be another 2 dying to get in on the action. Not to mention if each of these 100,000 members pledged just $1 U.S. we could raise U.S. $100,000 with the utmost of ease. Not only that but no one has replied yet as to where we can send the money to save AF, so all logic points to it being a joke.
ALso, they still have given no reason as to why the site is closing down. If 2 sponsors had pulled out, im sure it wouldn't be enough to close this site down.
Also, the 3 sponsor links still work and they shouldnt if the sponsors had pulled out.

This has to be an april fools joke............. I need this site, I love this site............. well if its not an april fools joke then I'm willing to pledge some cash, just tell me how and when....... and if it is a joke, then its not funny, this is downright cruel..... I can't live without my AF :mad:

frozen_Joth
04-01-2004, 08:29 AM
NOOOOOOO. I'll become homeless...... Where do I donate???? Please let this be joke. Damn, I have to much free time....

IntegraBoy2003
04-01-2004, 08:47 AM
Omg U Fucking Noobies Cant You Read What People Post?? Its Not A Joke!!! And Isnt April Fools Sooo 5th Gradish?????

Zwrangler
04-01-2004, 08:58 AM
[QUOTE=IntegraBoy2003]Omg U Fucking Noobies Cant You Read What People Post?? Its Not A Joke!!! And Isnt April Fools Sooo 5th Gradish?????[/QUOTE

well like I said, if its not a joke I'm willing to pledge. If it is a joke, then you should be the first to get banned once everything is back in order.

I have been reading other peoples posts yuo idiot, and from reading all the posts on this thread they have still not clearly explained too much crucial info, just as i explained in my first post 2 posts above yours. God damn newb, refer to my avatar.

Zwrangler
04-01-2004, 09:03 AM
also, if you guys check the project 350Z website you'll see that it was last updated just yesterday. and the car was modded with new tires, hardly something Igor would do if he was having financial difficulties don't you think??
I hope this is just a joke, theres just too much that makes no sense if it is for real.

IntegraBoy2003
04-01-2004, 09:12 AM
....

labandabonnot
04-01-2004, 09:13 AM
:lol:

IntegraBoy2003
04-01-2004, 09:17 AM
if it is an April Fools joke that has to be one of the best ones ever.......

tonioseven
04-01-2004, 09:17 AM
I'm utterly speechless. I choose to be in denial.

zebrathree
04-01-2004, 09:22 AM
I don't believe its a joke. In the private invite only forum Igor did give us a warning about this.

Its a pretty crap day.

turbo2nr
04-01-2004, 09:22 AM
i second that motion of denial... damm it i need a/f i cant function with out it.. i need to be able to talk about cars 24/7 and vent my feelings to peope how simi-care lolz but damm it a/f will be missed.. but who will educated the newbies about the a/r and turbo trims and fmu... who will tell all the people with civics to up a t3/t4 hybrid on their can and who will be able to tell the 240sx people that a 240sx doesnt have a sr20det? dammm it!!:-(
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ironman502
04-01-2004, 09:27 AM
:eek2:

zebrathree
04-01-2004, 09:38 AM
:eek2:

Even though AFs time is limited, thats still whoring and you'll still get banned for it, punk.

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