Wheels & Machines: The People/Cargo Movers and Recreational Vehicles

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This is going to be our first post showcasing the custom vehicles from the Wheels & Machines car show held last October 19. Since we’ve just been through a local holiday, we’ll be starting out with the vehicles whose intended purpose would be to travel from point A to point B getting the most amount of work done. This would be either carrying people, carrying loads, travelling faster, or getting through terrain which no other vehicle can. Here, we’ll cover the custom vans, MPVs, SUVs, trucks, 4×4 rigs, and anything in between. Though it seems like a broad spectrum, essentially, these would be our people/cargo movers, as well as the recreational vehicles.

Ready? Check out the gallery below to see more…


More and more people are getting into 4×4 off-roading. And I think this is a good thing, because with the streets of Metro Manila occasionally turning into swamp lands whenever the country gets riddled by back-to-back typhoons, it’s a practical choice for many to be driving a vehicle that can get you in and out of the muck whenever you have to. Plus, weekend off-roading is a lot of fun! Trust me, as I’ve been into 4x4s before I ever got into custom cars.

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This Nissan Patrol, as well as the Mitsubishi Pajero above who looks fresh from the trail, are some examples of a nicely done 4x4s. Their mods aren’t just for show.

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Now how about that? A blinged-out Fortuner on 22s. This won’t be doing any off-roading soon, but Fortuners did come in 4×2 variants, which make them urban SUVs. So I don’t see a reason why anyone wouldn’t bling out a Fortuner like those Cadillac Escalades.

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on to more SUVs, check out this 1st Gen Honda CRV. Typically on this sort of black and yellow color combination, you’d either see the wheels colored in black or white. But this guy went against the grain. Pretty nice touch! Another thing that sets it apart is the front chin, which gives it a more sporty look.

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And then there’s this 2nd GEn Honda CRV. I like the simplistic approach to customizing this ride. Custom color, carboon hood, dropped on gun metal rota wheels with blue anodized lugnuts, all work together to make this a one-of-a-kind ride. Chances are, you wouldn’t see another Honda CRV like this on the street or in a crowded parking lot.

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Though there are some owners who like to keep it simple on the outside, but all-out on the inside. Featuring a custom ICE system, this applies the same mindset as sleeper race cars, only this is for the sound system.

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And then there are those who take no compromises. When you’d want to put the biggest sound system installation you have in mind, then the formula is simple – take the biggest van you can find, and shove the biggest the state-of-the-art custom system you have in mind. You get yourself a ride that sets the bar on “recreational vehicle” – a concert on wheels.

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Speaking of recreational vehicles, and inside and outside modifications, this Toyota Lite-Ace was definitely unique. This was a party van of sorts, something that you’d probably see the LMFAO crew appear in. Smoke machine, spinning speaker grilles, custom interior lighting, this ride drew a crowd alright.

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In stark contrast to this Toyota Lite-Ace, which was more custom-built with a pupose in mind – Fire Rescue. This is one of the few vehicles that can still proudly wear its large Whelen “wang-wang.”

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Moving on to the smaller MPVs from the Toyota Stable – the Toyota bB / Scion xB. With this car having such a cult following, it’s amazing how much variety there is in terms of modifying this car.

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There are those who pimp it out to the brim with modifications inside and out to create a massive impact as a show car…

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To those who like to keep things clean and elegant, taking queues from VIP-Style culture…

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All the way to those who take styling queues from the Rat-Rod era, which makes their rides pretty unique, unlike no other.

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Talk about a vehicle like no other, check out this Mitsubishi Minicab. This ride was truly unique. Custom interior which has been modified to fit a dirt bike and a tool box amongst all things, plus a preppy looking exterior, this ride was one of the most unique vehicles in the show. Watch out for a full feature on this only here at Custom Pinoy Rides.

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I’ll finish off this post with a recreational vehicle that many of you may want to have in your very own stables. When you want to satisfy the need for speed and power, nothing satisfies that urge quite like a muscle car. So this Ford Mustang, though stock-ish looking, is still something that I wouldn’t mind having myself. How about you?

Stay tuned for Part 2 of our Wheels & Machines coverage, only here at Custom Pinoy Rides.

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