Friday, September 12, 2014

Confessions of a Car Nut

Traced and Riced Ferrari 512bb
Traced 512bb, with fender flare mods by yours truly
I have a confession to make. I am a ricer.

I like the fender flares. The wide stance. There are cars with huge spoilers that I appreciate. Call me weird. Call me an artist. There are certain cars that look good riced out.

However I don't believe it stops at looks. If you want to make your car look fast, you'd better make sure it can go fast too. And stop great. And handle perfectly.

And while I would prefer to drive a sleeper car, meaning a normal looking car that has amazing performance, I still can appreciate those tricked out rides.

I have a confession to make. I never was a Ferrari road car fan.

I liked them. When I was young it was the Testarossa. Then it became the 360 Modena. That's it. I could identify most Ferraris, but I never was a big fan of the cars.

Until Gran Turismo 5.

See, I got a Ferrari 512bb in GT5. Purchased it to race in a few of the series. Similar to what happened to me in Gran Turismo 2, where I fell in love with the Ford GT40, I eventually fell for the 512bb too.

As I grow older, I guess my tastes are starting to develop more, and mix too. See what I drew above? A Ferrari 512bb that I traced from a reference picture, THEN I added fender flares and a wider stance. Sort of like east meets west. The 512bb by itself looks great, but I just think how cool it would be if it had fender flares.

And yes, if I were to be given the chance to own ANY Ferrari, it would be the 512bb. Over the F40. Over the Enzo. Over the LaFerrari. Over the 250 GTO. Or I'd get any Ferrari and sell it so I could buy a 512 and modify that car.

I can dream, can't I?


Sunday, August 18, 2013

The World of Toyota

Hi folks, been a while since I last posted. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend The World of Toyota exhibit at Pasay City's World Trade Center yesterday, August 17, 2013. It was the second to the last day but there were still plenty of people and a decent amount of classic, new, and concept cars being shown. I'll post some of the photos below, but you can see the rest of them on my flickr page.

Apologies if most of the pictures were of the new 86, I just love the way that car looks.

So without further ado, some of the nice photos I took.

The rear of a heavily kitted FR-S 
One of the many 86's on display, with a lovely model.
2nd time I've seen an LFA in person.
One of my classic dream cars - the Toyota Celica
I can fit inside an 86!
AE86 in Initial D colors.
An 86 leaving the parking display area for car clubs.
Standing beside a rare 2000GT.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Pinoy Petrolhead in America, Part 1

It looks like I'm stranded in the USA for a little while, but there are worse fates for a Pinoy Petrolhead. I figure while I'm here, I'll keep an eye out for interesting cars - the likes of which we won't get much of (if any) in the Philippines.

For the first installment of this series, I submit to my fellow petrolheads this BMW Z4, dressed up in semi-GTR race livery.