Pros and Cons: Should You PAINT or WRAP Your Car?

Pros and Cons: Should You PAINT or WRAP Your Car? Custom Pinoy Rides pic1
Right, since there has obviously been a steady increase in the number of “wrapped” cars that you’ll see both in car shows, and around the streets of Metro Manila, many people have been asking the question – “Should I Paint or Wrap My Car? What are the Differences? What are the Pros and Cons?” Needless to say, we took the matter into our own hands and we’re here today to answer just that.

Rest assured that this is a no bull$#!+ response. And please note that we won’t be talking about the el cheapo stickers you can get on the side streets. We’ll be talking about legitimate high-quality Automotive Wraps versus a legitimate high-quality paint job. So here goes…

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Honda City GM Body Kit Styling Options

Photos by Errol Panganiban, Philip Aragones, and THE aSTIG

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Let’s face it; money doesn’t grow on trees. If it did, then global warming wouldn’t be a problem because all of us would be planting trees here and there, and because of that, we’d probably already be driving our very own dream cars.

But the sad truth is, it doesn’t. So most of us would have to begin with something we could actually afford, and work our way from there. Besides, part of the fun of owning our cars is on customizing and tuning them until we can turn them into dream cars, right?

Well, one of the more attainable cars that you can purchase brand-new today is the 5th generation GM Honda City. This car is a daily driver for many, being an economical 4-door subcompact sedan that it is.

But others have been bitten so bad (in a good way) by the car tuning bug that they have taken their Honda Citys to extreme levels of customization, turning them into the eye-catching head-turners that are dream cars to many. And in our opinion, some of the best examples we’ve found are those which we’re featuring here today.

Enjoy viewing the gallery, and tell us, what’s your favorite Honda City GM Body Kit design?

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Mercedes Benz 190E – The Car that put Ayrton Senna on the Map

Photo by Philip Aragones; Video by amp888

Mercedes Benz 190E Custom Pinoy Rides Philip Aragones Car Photography Manila Philippines
It’s Thursday today so we’re doing a Throwback by featuring what we think is one of the coolest Euro sedans ever made – the Mercedes Benz 190E. Dubbed as the “Baby Benz”, due to its size and wheelbase compared to the rest of the Mercedes line-up at the time. But what it lacked in size, it made up for in its ability to get you from point-a to point-b in speed, precision, and style.

Back in the day when this model was selling brand new from the factory, car program Top Gear predicted this would be one of the future classics in the car world, partly because of the fact that it also rivaled the BMW M3. This car also made history when during the 1984 inauguration race of the shortened version of the Nurburgring, where identical 190E’s were raced by former and then-current F1 drivers and champions, the unkown young driver named Ayrton Senna won the race, kickstarting his tremendous F1 career. Watch the video below.

Well, fast forward to today, and looking at this particular example, that has obviously been kitted out inside and out, you know that if you own one of these cars, you’re holding a piece of history right in your own garage. AGREE?

Check out Ayrton Senna’s video below. Enjoy!

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Wallpaper Wednesdays: Airbagged Stormtrooper BMW M5

Photo by Philip Aragones

Wallpaper Wednesdays: Airbagged Stormtrooper BMW M5 Custom Pinoy Rides Car Photography Philip Aragones
Welcome to another edition of Wallpaper Wednesdays. What we have for you today is none other than a widened and stanced V8 super sedan that’s been airbagged, and stormtroopered-out (if there is such a word. But if there’s “murdered-out” for an all-black look, then we can call this “stormtroopered-out” for a black and white look).

And if there’s one cool thing about this car, it’s that its owner isn’t afraid to unleash the hoard of horses lurking under the hood. Yes, we’ve featured this car many times before, in various iterations. Find out more about it here, and stay tuned for a more detailed feature of its latest iteration.

Meanwhile, if you’d want this as your wallpaper, simply right-click on the photo above and hit save to download this as your wallpaper, in awesome 1920 x 1200 goodness. Enjoy!

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Wallpaper Wednesdays: Stanced Old School Toyota Corona – “THE GRINCH”

Photo by Philip Aragones

Custom Pinoy Rides Wallpaper Wednesdays Stanced Old School Toyota Corona Car Photography Philippines Philip Aragones
It’s Wednesday once again! Time for another installment of Custom Pinoy Rides Wallpaper Wednesdays! Today we’re going old school, with Kristoffer Goce’s “The Grinch” – Old School Toyota Corona by KVG AutoGrooming. Check out our previous feature on this awesome ride here.

So for you old school and stance fans out there, if you want this as your wallpaper, simply right-click on the photo above and hit save to download this as your wallpaper, in awesome 1920 x 1200 goodness. Enjoy!

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Petronas Lubricants Now Available in the Philippines!

Photos by Philip Aragones

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Though Petronas had actually started offering their lubricants in the market since December 2010, they have now made their presence felt in the Automotive Scene in the event last June 22 entitled “Petronas – Liquid and Metal in Action”, held at One Esplanade in Pasay City. Now, everyone knows that the Petronas brand of Motor Oils and Lubricants is now available in the Philippines.

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Mitsubishi Mirage by Atoy Customs

Mitsubishi Mirage by Atoy Customs Custom Pinoy Rides pic1
I’ve been noticing that in the past few blog posts that we’ve been putting up, it has mostly been about cars that have been modified and customized a bit on the wild side. So today, we’re featuring something that is a bit more practical; something that most people consider to be their daily drivers – the economical and practical hot hatchbacks.

Now the latest hot hatchback to storm the Philippine roads is none other than the Mitsubishi Mirage. It’s so hot that it won the car of the year award. So renowned car tuner Atoy Customs took a bone-stock Mitsubishi Mirage, and turned the temperature up a notch.

The result is the scorching hot Mitsubishi Mirage you see here, as seen in the Manila Auto Salon.


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Kanjo Racer Style Honda Civic EF Hatchback

Kanjo Racer Style Honda Civic EF Hatchback Custom Pinoy Rides
It’s Thursday today, so we’re doing a throwback to the car culture era of Kanjo Racing. Now I don’t know about you, but this Honda Civic EF Hatchback, as featured in the 2013 Hot Import Nights, definitely reminds me of those Japanese Kanjo style race cars, albeit this car now having evolved to keep up with the times, getting influence from today’s stance era as evident in the stretched tires and aggressive wheel offset.

Nevertheless, this is something that feels very “Kanjo Style Osaka JDM”. Would you agree?

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Wallpaper Wednesdays: RWB MANILA’s VICTORIA

Photo by Philip Aragones

Wallpaper Wednesdays: RWB MANILA's VICTORIA Custom Pinoy Rides Philip Aragones Car Photography Philippines
Due to insistent public demand, we’re now going to bring you some awesome Custom Pinoy Rides Wallpapers for your backgrounds. Hopefully, we’ll be an inspiration to you all to keep the fire and passion alive when it comes to tuning cars.

Anyways, what better car to have on our first “Wallpaper Wednesdays” feature than Rauh-Welt Begriff Manila’s very own Porsche 993 VICTORIA, the very first airbagged RWB, owned by the renowned monster car builder Ian King of Car Porn racing / RWB Manila.

Simply right-click on the photo above and hit save to download this as your wallpaper, in awesome 1920 x 1200 goodness.

Stay tuned for a full feature on Victoria, only here at Custom Pinoy Rides.

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Stance Pilipinas Slowdown Saturdays 07-06-2013 Event Coverage – Part 2

Photos by Philip Aragones

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Like we said in Part 1, we’ll be moving on from the 4-door sedans. Here in Part 2, we’re featuring the 2-door coupes and sports cars at the event, as well as that RWB! Well, that Rauh-Welt Begriff Porsche 993 is what we gave you a teaser on last month in it’s unfinished state! Now complete, Nakai-San has christened it with the name “Victoria”, owned by Ian King of Victoria Court / Car Porn Racing / RWB Manila. It’s known as the first RWB on air suspension. That’s something that we Pinoys should definitely be proud of don’t you think? We’ll be featuring more about this car soon, as we have more surprises coming your way. So stay tuned for that!

Meanwhile, check out the rest of the stanced 2-door coupes and sports cars at the event. Enjoy!

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