Text: Brent Co / Photos: Brent Co | posted December 11, 2004 18:00
Fast Cars and Big Trucks
The 2004 Caltex Delo Sport Truck, Custom Car Show played host to a collection of the best cars, trucks and bikes the country has seen so far. After months of rumors flying around, everybody finally got to see the R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R Vspec-II NUR to the delight of the hardcore auto enthusiasts who were more than eager to see the car. Undeniably it was one of the highlights of the show with all the media blitz from Nissan.
Show presenter Caltex, continued to strengthen its position in the premium diesel engine oil sector with its Delo Sports Synthetic Blend. Furthermore, its XpressLube membership card signup campaign offered free discount cards for people who signup at the Caltex booth which was surrounded by beautiful models.
Right behind the Delo Sports display were the 4x4 vehicles entered by 199 Off-Road House and Ride Inc. The 199 Off-Road House display was composed of a fully-customized and engineered 4-wheel steering Toyota Hi-Lux, Toyota 4-Runner towing a KTM dirt bike. The Ride stables came up with a fully customized concept car inspired paint scheme done by Alex Car Restoration CJ-7 with Warn and Pro-comp parts, a streetable lifted Toyota Hi-Lux with steel graphics. And last but not the least, a fully restored brand new looking Toyota Land Cruiser 70 series done by Richard Sy, also refinished by Alex Car Restoration which took home Best in Paint in the trucks division as well as Best Asian SUV.
Mobile entertainment systems got more creative this year with more customized setups which made a lot of use of fiberglass, plexiglass and even carbon fiber. Attention grabbers were the Opel Tigra of Autoline which had speakers even in the headlights and taillights. The Nissan X-Trail of A+ Audio which was right across surprised the rest featuring its own 200-ampere power supply for its mobile boom box. Customized entries from Jetcar included the wall of four eighteen-inch subwoofers which is literally as big as wheels and its windshield breaking Toyota Rav-4. The Source came up with equally impressive albeit clean looking installs perfect for the daily driven car.
In the street trucks scene, it was the Geiger alien graphics inspired Ford F-150 of MKW/Wheel Gallery which garnered the Best in Show Sport Truck, Best Body Kit, Best Wheels, Best American Truck and Best Conversion. The truck was clad with an A-toy wide body kit and 24-inch wheels with a plasma screen and leather car seats on the bed.
Other street truck and sport ute entries were composed of Ford Expeditions, and Nissan Patrols with bling wheels. And a handful nice trucks composed of a Honda CR-V, Mitsubishi Pajero, BMW X5, and many others from Options Unlimited.
The show also featured different seminars about different automotive and motorsport topics. The different speakers include experts from the field of auto restoration, auto modification and mobile entertainment specialists, and professional racecar drivers.
In the custom car division it was a collection of clean looking and extreme looking cars with panels opening in every other way you can imagine from Autoline which took Best Custom Sedan, Best in Paint and Best in Show awards. Paint schemes that make you go dizzy and model car inspired entries were also present complete with decals. The owner of the hottest auto TV show didn't want himself outdone as his flaming hot mural literally screamed Auto Extreme.
The Tokyo Auto Salon inspired display of Motul/Autoplus drew crowds with a trio of a widebody Toyota Supra Mk IV, Nissan Skyline GT-R VSpec-II NUR, and a widebody Nissan Silvia. There were also a handful of Honda Jazz in the halls with Shift Auto Garage doing a rendition of the Fit Dynamite. Options Unlimited did its rendition of The Italian Job inspired Mini Cooper.
Other interesting displays were the Suburu Impreza STi of Rota Wheels, who also bagged the Best Corporate Display. And the 'BMW 5.25' auto illumination demo of Xenon Bulbs.