owner: jo’e P. es­pejo of Taguig City

Top Gear (Philippines) - - The Garage New Car Guide -

What do you look for in a car?

Fuel ef­fi­ciency and stor­age. We al­ways tend to bring lots of stuff when­ever we go on road trips or long drives.

What’s the most in­ter­est­ing thing that has hap­pened to you and this car while on the road?

We were stuck in traf­fic in Ta­gay­tay and we were try­ing to find a dif­fer­ent route. We ended up driv­ing on this small road where we found our­selves driv­ing through mud and gravel. My hus­band and I en­joyed that por­tion of the road dur­ing our trip. Aside from driv­ing this CR-V on that bumpy and muddy road, we were able to avoid the heavy traf­fic and got to our des­ti­na­tion on time.

What’s the strangest thing you did for your car?

Mod­ify it as an off-road ve­hi­cle.

has your pro­fes­sion ever af­fected your driv­ing or car choices?

I’m an ER nurse at a pri­vate hospi­tal so no, not re­ally. But a lot of my friends ac­tu­ally get sur­prised when they see what I drive. I get a lot of “It doesn’t quite match” be­cause when you see a car like this, you’d usu­ally ex­pect a man driv­ing it and not a small girl like me.

While set­ting up this honda Cr-V, did you have a cer­tain de­sign or car in­spi­ra­tion?

I’m go­ing for an off-road look. Un­for­tu­nately, the mod­i­fi­ca­tions I wanted to wasn’t avail­able for this ride but we man­aged to make ev­ery­thing thanks to my cousin-in-law, Kuya Arci. The mod­i­fi­ca­tions done to the car are mostly cus­tom-built by Kuya Arci and his friends be­cause there’s re­ally no such thing as a lifted CR-V with 31-inch Mud Ter­rains.

What is the spe­cial bond that holds you and your car to­gether?

The trial and er­rors that this car went through just to achieve this “fi­nal” look. It’s still a work in progress and I want this car to be to­tally worth it. And of course, there’s the sen­ti­men­tal value of this car since it was given to me by my par­ents. That makes this Honda CR-V re­ally im­por­tant to me.

2003 honda Cr-V

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