Dekotora of South Asia:
Shout out to Swat Valley!
PVT Runners H. Saito and Y. Hirai:
Private Runners Japan
One of the most wealthiest places on this planet.
Super cars are all part of the norm here.
You’ll see people drifting anything and getting cars to ride on two wheels.
Even the police have super cars.
But Aboodo doesn’t own a super car. On a lone, dark, quiet night; you might see him hooning on the streets.
“With it’s recent rise in popularity, I’ve noticed a lot of hate on Kanjo and it’s culture, specifically from track guys. I understand why they dislike it, they track to keep it off the streets. But to me, when it comes to FF Honda’s, Kanjo is what makes the most sense.” – Geeky LURv
Whether it’s here in America or overseas, I find it refreshing seeing a car like this among exotics. If I had to choose, I would still pick a Civic over a sporty ride.
“People here love to drive their SUVs on two wheels. It’s all about money here nothing else. Where as tuning Honda’s, there’s no one here. I am only the one along with my bro.” – Aboodo
Aboodo has a collection of real authentic wheels.
After seeing Kei Miura’s EF, Aboodo was inspired to build a Civic EF. The fact that he lives in a desert, I get a Mad Max feeling from his Civic lol
Overseas car culture will never cease to amaze me. Aboodo is having fun with his car. And that’s what matters. I been preaching it a lot on this blog, and I tend to stress that because I feel this year is the “year of hate.” A lot of people criticizing and talking some jive, it’s like a lot of people have lost the love, or maybe we just been hearing feedback from the wrong folks. Do what you want. Steer away from the norm. Find inspiration from weird and different places. With money over powering builds and lifestyle, sometimes you need to step away from that “wealth” and just have some priceless fun. As my friend Alexander from Russia would say:
“I Need Fun!”
Have fun y’all
Front Cusco strut bar front
Mugen shift knob
Bride Zeta 1 carbon kevlar seat
TEIN Type H coilover taken out of a crx race car from Japan
Osaka JDM Devil wing
One thing that intrigues me most is the car culture overseas. Here I focus on Russia. Due to massive government corruption on all levels, the people have as if lost all faith in themselves, and progress is slow. To survive, big money equals life. Back in the Soviet days, people who had jobs were supposed to get free food, cars, everything courtesy from the state, but that’s not how it was. In reality, people had to wait sometimes decades to own a family car, and even those that were awarded cars for being “heroes of socialist labor” – the highest honorary title of the Soviet Union, had to wait some time. That is unless you had “connections”.
Although things have changed for the better since the fall of the Soviet regime, the rich got richer and the poor get poorer. While people in the cities are fighting for parking spots, people that are not so fortunate are fighting for their life. But as an old Russian Proverb goes,
“The rich would have to eat money if the poor did not provide the food.”
As for grassroots motorsports, most expenses are out of pocket as sponsorships are almost nonexistent and cars themselves are not exactly cheap. One of my favorite drifters, Max Tvardovsky, also hails from Russia.
But for some, like my friend (wallonebisu.tumblr.com) from Saint Petersburg,
car life and other art forms is their only escape. His tumblr page is titled “I Need Fun.” That to me is more than just a header on a page. Now that I know what the standard of living Russians have to endure and how suppressive it can be, it’s a cry for things we sometimes take for granted. Things like hopping into your car and blasting down the highway can be as therapeutic as seeing an actual doctor and the drugs they prescribe you. Countries like Russia survive on what little they have. Forcing them to use their money wisely. Private Runners survive on the same principles and that’s what Street Style is all about.
Words and Thoughts by: PVT. Runner and Andre T.