What Happened at Drift Muscle Philippines?

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Well, the first ever Drift Muscle Philippines was an epic event to say the least. How else can you make a drift event more awesome than to have the Drift King himself – Keiichi Tsuchiya, judge the event and give pointers to the drivers for improvement? The result was some of the most spectacular performances in Philippine motorsports to date.

Read on to see our account of 2013 Drift Muscle Philippines. Enjoy!

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Franz Lasco’s Bosozoku Toyota Celica Supra Mark II

Photos by Philip Aragones

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That “Black Sheep” sticker on the windshield probably defines it well. Because this car has been set up “Bosozoku-Style,” which would probably be something like a taboo for the uninitiated. If you’ve never seen this car in person, let me tell you this – it will just scream at you in so many ways.

First of all, the base car – a Toyota Celica Supra Mark II, is not something you’d typically see on a daily basis, as it’s an old school car. Not only is it an old school car, but it’s an old school sports car.

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A Mitsubishi Minicab with Form AND Function

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Small but Terrible, but in a good way. No wait, an awesome way! That’s a better way to put it. This Mitsubishi Minicab you see here is one helluva ride. Whoever said it’s difficult to achieve both form AND function in one ride should probably take notes from this. Because that was definitely achieved here, albeit in a small package, it’s as good a show vehicle as it could be a tool vehicle!

This ride ticks multiple boxes altogether – Clean and stunning exterior? Check! Drool-worthy cockpit? Check! Functional load-carrying capability? Check! What more could you ask for? Read on to see what I’m talking about…

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Wheels & Machines: The Hot Hatchbacks

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With the booming popularity of Hot Hatchbacks, it’s no wonder we’re seeing a number of them in car shows. One of which was during the Wheels & Machines car show. We’ve featured different genres and categories of vehicles who joined this particular car show recently, and today it’s time to showcase the Hot Hatchbacks of the show.

Starting with the Stanced Mitsubishi Mirage you see above. Amongst all the hot hatches in the Wheels & Machines show, this probably had the most aggressive stance.

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Old School Toyota Celica by Sushi Machine

Photos by Philip Aragones

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Though we’ve already featured this car a few months ago as seen in the Trans Sport Show earlier this year, since today is a Thursday, and for our “Throwback,” we try to feature old school cars which are restored, customized, tuned, and driven in the present day, we thought it would be worth showcasing this fantastic example once again as seen in one of the previous Stance Pilipinas meets.

What do you think guys? Would you agree with me if I tell you that this is probably one of the Best Resto-Modded Old School Toyota Celicas in the World? Let’s see what you have to say. Meanwhile, I’ll just shut up and let the pictures do the talking.

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CPR Exclusive: The Man Behind Drift Muscle Philippines

Photos from Toni Arakaki

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Whenever something big happens in the Automotive Industry, there’s always someone behind the scheme of things. And for Drift Muscle Philippines, the man responsible for bringing this from Japan into our local shores is none other than our very own Pinoy-Japanese drifter – Toni “Half-Breeds” Arakaki.

We’ve done an exclusive interview with him to find out more about how he met Drift King Keiichi Tsuchiya and Tokyo Auto Salon and Option Magazine founder Daijoro Inada, and he tells us how they became his mentors. We also ask him about the difference between drifting in Japan and the Philippines, and what we can expect to see at Drift Muscle Philippines this coming December 7-8 at the Quirino Grandstand.

So read on to find out more. Enjoy!

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CustomPinoyRides Babe Feature – Angel Umali

CustomPinoyRides Babe Feature - Angel Umali
During the last 2013 Manila Auto Salon, as we walked around the show, we saw Mika, our previous babe feature. We had a little talk and noticed that her sister Angel was also with her working on Bewith booth. So I thought, why not we have her for next feature! So we instantly put up some impromptu questions for this interview. Here in Custom Pinoy Rides, we are not just bringing you cool cars, but we also bring you the car show babes so you can get to know them more.

Our Babe feature for this month is Angel Adrienne Umali, 18 years old, and a first time car show model. Here’s how our interview with Angel goes…

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Keiichi Tsuchiya’s Invitation to Drift Muscle Philippines 2013

Custom Pinoy Rides Drift Muscle Philippines 2013 Invitation by Keiichi Tsuchiya
Drift King and #1 Drift Judge Keiichi Tsuchiya’s Personal Invitation to the Launch of Drift Muscle Philippines on Dec 7-8, 2013 at the Quirino Grandstand. Want to meet him? You gotta be there!

Watch the video below now!

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CPR Project Car >> Nissan Cefiro A32 “PROJECT MAJESTY” (Part 6) – STIVO MUFFLER

Custom Pinoy Rides Nissan Cefiro A32 PROJECT MAJESTY (Part 6) - STIVO MUFFLER Video
Alright guys, for those following the build of CPR’s Project Car – Nissan Cefiro A32 “Project Majesty,” here’s a video showing the before and after comparison of the stock muffler versus our Stivo Racing Street Sport Muffler. This was recorded prior to having the straight-pipe cat-delete done, to show a direct comparison. So this is still on the stock engine and stock exhaust pipe.

Check out the video below now!

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Stance Pilipinas Anniversary / Yolanda Fundraiser Meet (11-16-2013)

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It’s really nice to see what the Car Community is doing to help the Yolanda/Haiyan victims. Last November 16, 2013, along with Round 5 of the Lateral Drift Championship, Stance Pilipinas held their Anniversary meet in the same venue, and along with it was the Yolanda/Haiyan fundraiser, where donations were accepted, and Lateral Drift T-shirts and Hiromi stickers from Japan were sold, and part of the proceeds were donated.

Of course, some of the most awesome stanced rides were in attendance. So check out our coverage below. Enjoy the photos!

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