[bd] I believe one of the absolute best things any gearhead can do is hop a plane to another continent to experience different automotive cultures. When you visited family in The Philippines and saw all those import-them-when-they’re-25-years-old machines, I suspect you also got a taste of gearhead culture beyond anything you might see at home. How was it different?How was it the same? And how did those experiences impact your perspective on gearhead community at home?
[kr] The biggest difference was they had cars that weren’t offered in the US. Before going to the Philippines, I was just getting into being a gearhead and really was still naive. The internet was still relatively new and I was totally ignorant about the JDM market and thought cars we had here in the U.S were the same all over the world. When I got there, stepping out of the airport, I saw cars I never saw in my life from familiar car manufacturers.
First thing I almost immediately noticed was there were A LOT more Mitsubishis on the road compared to the US, like a ratio of 1 car out of 3 was a Mitsubishi built vehicle. My uncle picked up our family in a Mitsubishi Delica which, at that time, I never even knew Mitsubishi built a van, and it was turbo and had a 5-speed shifter on the steering column!?
Car clubs or even car meets in general over there had a much different feel and environment compared to ones I have been here. There seems to be a tighter bond between owners and their cars and appreciation for each others cars – the car egos are thrown out the door. Whether it’s a planned meet or an out of the blue last minute meet, they engage in activities like if you were hanging out with your own family, like eating out or just hanging around with the cars at a persons place eating, drinking and small talk.
Maybe I wasn’t exposed to enough meets to really get a real accurate feel of the car scene there, but I have yet to experience that type of “meet” with fellow car folks here in the States. That has left me unmotivated and reluctant to go to car meets here for the most part unless its with a couple of friends.
To be continued…
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