Accessories and a good custom car

Jerome NeriAtty. Jerome G. Neri
The Scrutineer

BEFORE I continue with my rant regarding body kits, I would like to commend Jonathan Ho, John Moro, and the rest of the Federation of Auto Clubs Cebu (FACC) for helping our brothers and sisters in need.

The typhoon arrived on a Friday and by Saturday night they were already able to raise P75,000. By Sunday they raised more than P100,000. Their relief efforts were so efficient that on Wednesday Nov. 13, they were already able to distribute to around 1,000 families relief items consisting of rice, water, canned goods, blankets, and tents.

I had the privilege to go with them on their distribution sorties in Northern Cebu. They were very well organized and distributed the goods themselves directly to the victims. The smiles on the faces of all the 1,000 families they were able to help were priceless.

WING. The purpose of a wing is to provide downforce, which is useful for racecars/track cars but looks out of place when installed on a street car.
WING. The purpose of a wing is to provide downforce, which is useful for racecars/track cars but looks out of place when installed on a street car.

There was another pleasant surprise: as a motorist, I was very impressed with the great quality of the roads way up north. The best roads in Cebu are up north. These roads are the municipal roads and not the national highways.

No matter where we went, the roads were better than any of the roads here in the city. They say it is Rep. Salimbangon who is responsible for the nice roads. How I wish other congressmen will do the same thing in their respective jurisdictions.

CANARDS. Now back to body kits and mods. Common body accessories that I think do not belong to road-going cars are canards attached on the front bumper and racing wings. The purpose of canards is to add front downforce and racing wings to add rear downforce.

Downforce is needed in very high-performance racing cars. The more downforce, the more drag. In racing, the best balance must be found between straightline speed and cornering speed, and a racing wing is needed in order to dial-in the car. So, a car decorated with a racing wing will not look right simply because it is not a racing car and does not belong.

SPOILER. The primary purpose of a spoiler is to reduce drag. This is the aerodynamic device that goes well on a street car.
SPOILER. The primary purpose of a spoiler is to reduce drag. This is the aerodynamic device that goes well on a street car.

Instead of a wing, what will look right on a street car is a spoiler. Yes, there is a difference between a wing and a spoiler. A wing is for controlling the downforce of your car, while a spoiler is for reducing co-efficient drag.

In sum, I have two rules when it comes to body kits:

1. Do not install a body kit that will make it look like a special version of your car.

2. The correct aerodynamic device for a road car is a spoiler, not a wing.

NEON LIGHTS. Other car accessories that should not be placed on cars are neon lights placed under the car. These do nothing but light up the road right underneath the car. A car is not a Star Wars space ship, so do not attempt to make it look like one. Same thing goes with the interior of a car. Neon lights are for clubs, not car interiors.

It’s what you put in your car that makes it perform and not the decals. Overloading a car with decals makes it look like a roving billboard. Even worse is when you put decals of car parts that are not even inside your car. To me, a good custom car should look aggressive, sporty and clean.

TRAGEDY. It’s been two weeks since Yolanda. Let us not forget the victims. This tragedy will take a long time to fix.

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