They've been around since 1987, and if you are familiar with the local car show circuit, you've seen (and admired) their rides. The restorations are taken to another level, hence the show-stopper vibe. Their cars may seem intimidating at first, but you can't fault the group for having a deep appreciation for old cars and the proper process involved in bringing them back to life. But what's cool about these guys is that once you get talking their passion really shines through, and there is no doubt that they are willing to share the knowledge. In fact, how I met the guys of Cartistics Auto Club was through Budoy Arle, a friendly enthusiast who sold me a pair of much-needed emblems for my wagon (at a very very reasonable price). I dropped by their "HQ" in Las Pinas to pick up the treasure and it was there that I also met the Savet brothers-the driving force behind the club.\r\n\r\nThe Cartistics.net website says: We are car enthusiasts that understand that our rides are an extension of ourselves and should embody a distinct and unique style that evokes the personality of the owner. I am sure that many of us can relate to that. If you are going to restore a car, why not go all out? Or at least, to your full capacity?\r\n\r\nI was invited to a show at the Casino Filipino grounds two weeks ago to see their rides up close and talk to each member that was present. Needless to say, I learned a lot. In the spirit of "Rust 'N' Pieces" I am more than happy to share those interviews with you, and some photos of some really kick-ass Japanese (and German) tin.\r\n\r\nJust like Top Gear Philippines' Car Club section, I want to dedicate posts to the numerous old-school car clubs. I will take things further do taking detailed shots of each of the cars, and sharing the unique stories of each of the owners.\r\n\r\nDrop me an email or leave a comment if you want your club featured in this humble blog of mine. I am sure that there are readers out there who will learn a thing or two about restoration if you share your cars (and thoughts) with me. Let's spread that old-school love!\r\n\r\nHats off to Cartistics Auto Club for being the first group to be featured in "Rust 'N' Pieces."\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_204" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Here are the boys all smiles during the 'Flow' event held at Casino Filipino. Those trophies belong to the pride of Cartistics--the 1964 Mercedes-Benz 190."][/caption]\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_205" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Hmm, nothing can grab attention more than a group of pristine restored cars. There is nothing quite like them. Modelo rides that are set up with loud paint jobs pale in comparison. I have nothing against newer cars, of course."][/caption]\r\n\r\nStay tuned for the interviews and photos to be posted the day after tomorrow. I'm looking forward to this. You should, too! Until the next post!