Trucks from Smiles: Mirrors & Exhaust Pipes Galore.
When pondering huge rigs, one usually connects them with big work trucks that are distinct from the Ford F-150s spotted at job sites. While this can similarly be said when referring to these vehicles in Thailand, its folks have gone off the rails with wild and wacky customizations. At the recent Giti Truck Fest, these outrageous creations of Thai citizens were proudly highlighted in a single celebration combining a truck display, drag racing, sultry carwash, and meet for big rig owners.
The occasion exhibited the most exuberant designs for these vehicles which outshine even a larger pickup truck, with modifies ranging from countless mirrors spanning almost all the front of the car combined to intense underglow and enormous exhausts that can fit an entire person within.
The festivity does not conclude as abruptly as one might think. It also features a 800 foot strip for drag racing, permitting drivers to put their trucks to the challenge against one another in clouds of diesel fumes and tire smoke. There are no timed laps here – just plain old racing for amusement. Racing outlandish vehicles isn’t unheard of in this area; there have even been contests where ambulances go head to head with each other.
The Giti Truck Fest showcases an array of diverse trucks, from contemporary heavy-duty haulers to 1960s vintage lorries that have been comprehensively refurbished. Some of the vehicles even sport fancy cabins with blaring audio equipment, cutting-edge LED illumination and several racing components like Recaro driving chairs. The proprietors are sure to make their vehicles stand out however they can, crafting them with great attention to detail suitable for their tastes.
Various trucks have engine modifications to up their power yields, such as augmenting turbos, bespoke piping, and more. It can be hard to precisely determine how much might these trucks produce because this depends on the build. However, the figure is certainly more than their respective standardized ratings. Besides, truck owners often take it a notch higher in terms of aesthetics for their engines, typically coordinating components like valve covers, turbochargers, and piping to match their vehicle theme.
The occasion ultimately expresses the Thai truck culture in its entirety, no matter how odd or eccentric it may appear. In spite of their polarizing styles, these trucks are certainly functional and remain reliable means of transportation in the end. These transportations will go back to carrying livestock and commodities around the Southeast Asian state.