Published on July 4, 2007
Powerful performance is a big attraction for many sports-car nuts, but for Somporn Boonsripitak beauty's the thing.
The owner of Take 1 Modify Auto Body has been in the business for more than two decades. He admits to being crazy about supercars, but because of their beauty rather than their speed.
"I've liked sporty cars since I was young, because of their two-door design. I don't drive very fast. Many people who see me drive my sporty cars might think I drive rapidly, but I'm not what they see," he said.
"What we see sometimes is not real. For instance, if we see chillies, we always think they'll be hot. But it might not be like that. I now own a 1996 Toyota Supra 2JZ GTE 3-litre and a 1993 Nissan 200 SX, dream vehicles for those who love speed. These cars have powerful engines of more that 200 horsepower, and we are aware of it and interpret that those behind the wheel must drive fast."
He says he is challenged many times by teenagers while waiting at traffic lights.
"I accept their challenges by revving up the engine - but I drive normally when the lights change, while the other guys are throttled up at full capacity like they're at a Formula-1 circuit. I look at my girlfriend and laugh. I don't like driving fast. My friends who love speed have had many accidents, and it's just not worth it," he said.
Somporn runs his body-parts business because he loves to focus on beauty, and he always advises his customers to concentrate on beauty rather than speed.
"We shouldn't determine things from what we see. Both of my cars are easy maintenance. The Japanese style emphasises user-friendliness. Both cars are quite popular, so there are plenty of spare parts.
"If I drove European cars, I'd be concerned about maintenance and parts. There are few body parts for European cars, and I think their beauty is not on a par with Japanese cars," he said.
"The image that I drive cars fast is just an illusion. I really only drive a bit faster than a rabbit."
The Luxury LS 460 is a wonderfully comfaortable car fitted with all mod cons, althoough not necessarily the most fun vehicle to drive.