Global Phenomenon

November 22nd, 2011

Text by Jason Mulligan

Photos Courtesy of Owners, Stevan Gessi, Mike Alexander and ST Staff

Australia

Custom Trucks From Around the World

What started in sunny Southern California and other states as a younger extension of the van, hot rod and lowrider scenes has not only become a huge, countrywide phenomenon, but a worldwide culture and scene as well. It’s no secret that countries other than the U.S., such as Canada and Japan, have flourishing truck scenes. You might be surprised to know that people from several other countries are working on custom trucks right now. Take a look at some of these creations from around the globe.

Australia

The land down under has plenty of low, custom trucks. There are also several shows, shops and clubs developing a thriving scene.

Brazil

Brazil

You’ll do a double take when you see what’s happening in Brazil. Many of the truck models found in the States can also be found here, although most are styled differently than their American counterparts. Brazil’s truck scene is growing in spite of laws that hinder customizing and rising and costs.

Canada

Canada

Our neighbor to the north is home to a scene that comes into its own during the warmer months. Winters are spent in garages creating custom truck works of art.

Japan

Japan

Japan is home to one of the world’s fastest growing scenes. Years ago most of the custom trucks in Japan were built in America and shipped to the homeland. Recently, thanks to imported and homegrown clubs and shops, the scene is huge, and participants are diehards in love with custom creations.

Mexico

Mexico

Bordering the states where customizing is extremely popular, it is no surprise that Mexico has been making plenty of its own contributions. Many of these trucks can be seen hitting stateside shows.

New Zealand

New Zealand

Australia’s neighbor to the east also boasts a growing truck scene filled with minis and full-size classics.

Thailand

Thailand

Radical mini-trucks are the name of the game in Thailand.

United Kingdom

United Kingdom

While sports cars and Mini Coopers dominate the car scene in the UK, a few hardy souls are putting custom touches on trucks and SUVs.

U.S. Virgin Islands

U.S. Virgin Islands

While technically part of the United States, this island is home to some radically modified examples that venture to the mainland via ship to attend shows each year.

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