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Pimped ride: A taxi to remember

QUENTIN LONG
Last updated 05:00 26/12/2012
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This isn't a story of a car that I have modified, but rather a taxi we had the pleasure of being whipped around in on the roads of Santo, Vanuatu.

At first sight I was a little taken back. It had five exhaust tips, low profile tyres, tinted windows, and a sound unlike anything else on the island. Underneath all of the Chevy and Ferrari badges, I believe there was a Daihatsu Charade.

Hopping in made my jaw drop even further. The gear shifter was an old favourite - the pool ball - and then there was the black and white upholstery on the door panels and hood lining. There was a stereo with flashing lights, fluffy dice, and two air fresheners.

Imagine my surprise when we found this neat little car parked out the front for us to drive. It had been re-purposed as our rental car for the day. The magnetic taxi sign was sitting in the boot, and it was now designated Darrol's rentals, instead of Darrol's taxis.

It drove like a Daihatsu Charade, but with a distinct sound due to the 3" exhaust.

Driving through the streets of Santo we got plenty of looks. I'm not sure if this was because there was a foreigner driving the car or because everyone liked the fact it was so different from the rest of the taxis.

Truly unique in Santo - possibly the world.


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