Philippines - Four years have passed since 9tro first visited the Japanese Domestic Market Underground Philippines (JDMU) gathering. “Only the Strong” and “Not4Everyone” are just few of the tag lines they used to boldly send the message across, that it is only for true JDM enthusiasts, in other words they make sure that every modification and upgrades done is by the book.
You might wonder what kind of book are we talking about here. From the word JDM, it refers to anything that came out from Japan, be it performance upgrade of factory OEMs, your car should be period correct, in short none of that imitation, replica or knock-offs are welcomed, nothing more nothing less.
Known as Yabangan Noon or Yabangan Night; ‘Yabang’ (essentially means boasting) is basically their usual gathering to show off the latest modification or upgrades on their rides together with newly built projects or track-prepped cars. Boasting does sound somewhat negative but when you attend such meets you will be surprised at how humble and friendly these people are.
For newbies who are not aware, every country has different variation of car models which vary from the climate condition, traditions, cultures, and other stuff. And so Japanese-specced cars, in the perspective of a Filipino are usually the best... or maybe all over the world.
Let's talk about the Philippine market, back in the early 90's, people who owned a Honda Civic EG the best engine you could have is only the non-VTEC PH16 which had a fuel injected, single cam and for the lower power ones they came equipped with a 1200's carburetor.
However in Japan they could have the B16A VTEC from the EG6 which featured a double overhead cam making 170hp straight out of the box. Its because of that, people here started hunting for JDM vehices. The same holds true for aftermarket modifications, as long it's from Japan it is king!
JDMU is one of the biggest reputable car clubs in the country, it has vastly grown in numbers and yet maintains its image over the years, from 2008 – 2018; this year marks their 10th anniversary. Held at Ortigas Technopoint level 5 parking area in Manila, the mega event was highly successful, thanks to their dedicated admins, moderators and of course attendees.
If you were born in the mid 80's or early 90's you will probably get the club's culture, this is the pre-widebody and slammed cars era, where Spoon Sports, Mugen, Ralliart, TOM'S and Nismo were just a few of the game changing aftermarket brands. In terms of performance upgrades and alterations, they were more about function and less of the aesthetics.
The club has this contagious burning passion for cars that serves as a catalyst for the industry, preserving the good-old classic way of modification. This meet is definitely one for the books, not only does it bond them together, it also creates new friendships and that is how they roll.
For regular followers, keep your eyes peeled as they prepare more for the upcoming days. Till next time!
From the organizers:
We thank Vape and Play, Ortigas Technopoint, Brent Co and the supreme ramen gods at Butamaru Ortigas for assisting us in getting this unique venue all set for this pre-rainy season YN.
We would also like to acknowledge AutoIndustriya.com, 9tro.com, C! Magazine and all our other friends in covering the recently held YN. If we have failed to acknowledge your media outfit we apologise, please do send us a DM over on IG! We would like to very much meet you guys and include in the list.
To Pristine Pau, Nw99 performance materials and to our other good friends who have shared some goodies for the YN, we are certain you have made a lot of wildboys happy last night and we thank you guys!