I knew that some punk would pull up next to me and do something silly like reving at a light. (I'm sure your hood never attracts atttention..lol)
At that time, I'd crack it open and look over with a smile to convey "You sure you want to do that?"
Without doing much hotrodding around town the word spread on my car quickly. It commanded respect from the locals who would typically try and mess around with most. Instead they'd pull up and give a nod or a wave of "hi there evil car that would hurt the pride of my own car within milliseconds".