Thai Culture is representing the SEA region with style.
Afew months back, we featured a Toyota Vios with an interesting setup in our Show-Off. Unlike most Japanese cars laden with JDM accessories and stickers, it has a setup that was inspired by a totally different culture. In fact, our featured car club this month is dedicated to that same automotive culture, which originates from a country located 2,261km from ours.
Thai Culture is made up of car nuts whose rides and bikes have been set up with Thailand’s aftermarket scene in mind. Our ASEAN neighbor is known for being the home of the Bangkok International Motor Show and several major manufacturing facilities, but also of note is that its car market is very similar to ours: What gets launched in Thailand will most likely land on our shores as well.
This club is not dedicated to a specific brand or model—as long as your car or motorcycle fits the “Thai look,” you’re welcome to join the group. Founders Dominic Garcia (who owns the previously featured Vios) and Simon Valencia add that aspiring members need to have attitude and road discipline—they screen the applicants carefully and accept only those who are mature enough to distinguish between right and wrong practices on the road. These people will be representing the group, after all. Established in 2016, Thai Culture now has around
140 members. To accommodate the growing number of members, the club conducts regular gatherings in both northern and southern areas of Metro Manila.
Not only do the members get group discounts for Thai-sourced car parts, they have also gained friends from Thailand. Eventually, they also want to have a meetup with their Thai pals. This international connection shows that a common passion can bridge linguistic and cultural differences. It enriches our local car scene, too. We’ve always been heavily inspired by JDM and European trends; it’s about time we appreciate the aesthetics of cars from the land of the tuktuk and tom yum soup.
JOIN THE CLUB Look up Thai Culture on Facebook and drop them a message. Let the founders know that you love Thai-inspired cars as much as pad thai.