When somebody asks me where they can get their wheels refurbished, my answer is always a resounding JDM Wheelz in Las Pinas.
I have an 18-inch Work VS-SD and I'm embarrassed to say, that this is my second time having them refurbished. But I'm beaming with pride as well because at least it's in a better condition than the first time I bought it over. LOL. So just a quick background on JDM Wheels before you scroll down..
I’m slowly setting up my baby to go with it's new paint job. And like any car nut, first on my list was something I don’t really need but its cool so I want it. Walang basgan ng trip - a little vroom vroom. 😄
So on my muffler wish list... Low bass sound. Not so intense that I end up with a migraine. I can still hear Justin Bieber on my speakers. Would make me feel like a race car driver because let's face it, that's the whole point. There’s a ton of brands out there but a quick internet search landed me on a 5zigen chambered muffler which was in stock at this shop called Notorious Motorsports in Sucat. I know, cool name. Shot them an inquiry through Facebook messenger and quickly got a comprehensive response about their services with price list. Needless to say, I was there the next day. I'm a sucker for good customer service.
Ever since I got Ace (my 2001 Honda Accord) 7 years ago, the first thing I ever wanted to do was bring him in for a paint job. The stock "mist silver" doesn't really scream awesomeness so a repaint was first on my list.
But... every time I try to bring him in something always gives out. Suspension, cooling system, you name it. But the worst of all, was a complete engine overhaul. So needless to say my dream paint job kept on getting pushed back, and pushed back, and pushed back. Frustrating to watch it's paint and body die a very slow death.
After a dozen inquiries, 8 paint job quotes and 7 years of waiting... my stars have finally aligned. Ace was finally "confined" at Autophilia Detailing and Paintworks in Cubao QC.
One of the reasons it took so long for me to have him done is because I am so picky when it comes to choosing the right paint shop. I want excellent quality and decent customer service. I sound like a stiff but it's true. LOL. When it comes to my car, I don't mind waiting in line as long as I am dealing with a nice person who knows what he's talking about and I'm certain the job will be flawless. This is what I felt when I talked to Mark, owner of Autophilia. He gave me a play by play on what needs to be done to the car, and told me right off the bat that they do not rush their projects. THAT was music to my ears. So Ace is finally in.
Okay, this happened two years ago and I cannot believe I'm only writing about this now. Because going to Japan is on any car enthusiast's bucket list, and I am extremely lucky to scratch it off mine!
My most important mission was to immerse myself in whatever car culture I can get my hands into. Staying in Tokyo, and with little to no time to plan, I Googled, "car culture in Tokyo" and bam! "Super Autobacs" popped up - a superstore for car parts! And come on, with that alone, any car buff would be sold.
Just a taxi ride away from our hotel in Shiodome, is Shinonome where Tokyo Bay Super Autobacs is. I can still remember vividly how much I shrieked in the cab as we were nearing that huge sign. My poor family. Ha ha! I love them so much for coming with me. Welcome to Super Autobacs!
Out front was a car show, car meet, or car bazaar of some sort happening. I had no idea what it was but who cares. Nobody could resist looking at these stunning ladies.
So.. let us enter the Super Autobacs - the candy store for car crazies..
For any new car owner, lesson number one in car maintenance is making sure your automotive fluids are fresh and intact. And for me, one of the first brands I learned about as a budding car enthusiast, was Prestone. That yellow bottle of coolant is a staple in my little car pantry. So it was such an honor to have been invited to attend Prestone's 90's anniversary last February 21, in SM Mall of Asia Music Hall.
When I was just starting to fall in love with cars, everytime I asked what a good tire black is, the answer was always Auto-Gard. Very rarely do I encounter a car guy who would say otherwise. Its almost like a reflex answer - it has become as default as "Colgate" is to toothpaste and "Xerox" is to photocopy. When someone says "Auto-Gard", it means tire black. It is everyone's first option in making those tires look fresh.
And if you're
like me, I do NOT leave the car wash until I see that bottle of Auto-Gard Tire
Black (TB8) on kuya's hand. A car wash is never complete without that last touch of natural-looking shine on my tires.
There are three easy steps in using Auto-Gard Tire Black:
And finally, they were here. Top drivers from Japan, Middle East, Malaysia and the UK came down to the Philippines
to battle it out with our top local drifters for the first ever international
drifting competition to come to our country. Judgement Day 2016 is the biggest
drifting event to hit the Philippines to date.
The long wait was finally over. I couldn’t believe it was actually happening as I was driving to Clark International Speedway on November 19, 2016. Crazy excited, I didn’t know whether to run or sprint entering the pit walk at
CIS. As soon as I made that last turn, gate after gate, one familiar monster
car after another. The Philippine team busy working on their cars. Luis Gono’s
240SX, Audel Sison’s S13, John Boban’s Soarer… these are the cars I always see in our local scene. But this time it felt different. Seeing them being
prepped for an international race gave me butterflies. You can sense the
pressure in the air but in true pinoy fashion, everyone was relaxed but their
excitement was palpable.