Crazy Honda Prelude Ute Wins ‘Best Pickup’ at Radwood

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What if you want a truck but don’t want to overcompensate with a giant rig? You build a Prelude pickup, that’s what.

If you’re not familiar with Radwood yet, let us enlighten you. For the last three years, this car show has featured machinery from the forgotten era of the ’80s and ’90s. But Radwood isn’t just a car show, it’s also a celebration of all things from these bygone decades. People dress the part and show up in stuff like this insane Honda Prelude pickup.

The Prelude/pickup mashup is the creation of a fellow by the name of Song Toh, who won a reader contest over at Jalopnik granting him pilgrimage to this year’s Radwood, which took place up in San Francisco. So, what did it take for a hacked-up Honda to win “Best Truck” over a bunch of sweet (and real) trucks? Well, it’s freaking cool, for starters.

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Plus, Toh finished documenting his build the day before Honda revealed their own Civic Type R pickup. Ironic, no? But why would anyone do something like this? Well, in his own words, Toh explains. “I always wanted a truck, but being a small Asian dude I didn’t wanna look like I was overcompensating with a F-150.” Sounds reasonable to us.

#Saab, #prelude, #bmwm5… oh wait what’s that?? #projectprelute #radwood #radwoodnorcal #raddesttruck #honda #prelute #pickup #truck #ute #bb6 #h22a #elcamino #ranchero #evo #evox #evoxmr #bbs #vinylwrap #wraplife #3m1080 #spocom #preludepower #stayluding #preludenation #drivefreeordie #custombuilt

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It all started with a well-worn and rusty 1997 Honda Prelude. Toh sunk about 400 man hours into his ride, then dubbed it the Smashing Pumpkin. And hey, he actually uses the thing like a truck. It might not have a carnivorous payload capacity. But the ‘Lude does haul bikes, tools, tables and chairs, and even Ikea furniture around. And we bet it’s a whole lot more fun to drive than some boring old F-150, too!

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