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Phuket's 4x4 battleground

PHUKET: For Kanoksak ‘Ko’ Kamnerd, 19, owner of the War 4x4 shop in Kathu, the sedan cars that can be seen everywhere on Phuket’s roads hold no particular interest – for him, only a 4x4 monster truck will do.

By Anthika Muangrod

Monday 10 March 2014, 04:34PM

His own monster truck (pictured) is a modified Mazda Familia fitted with a Toyota D4D 2500 cc engine and 36 inch Trimax tires. The olive drab body fits well with the Mitsubishi Triton tail lights, while Ko has a comfortable ride thanks to the Profender choke. The power train allows all four wheels to receive torque from the engine, which means you can get through all kinds of rough terrain.

“To have something like this, you have to be crazy enough – 4x4 vehicles are crazy, terrifying, fun, and challenging,” Ko says with passion, “Driving a four-wheel vehicle means I can go anywhere I want – up the mountain to see ocean fog, across a river, or just to impress a girl. And of course, go racing!”

He has been learning about cars and engines since he was 12 years-old, while he first raced when he was just 11. “My passion for 4x4 cars started when I attended a race. The steering wheel was too heavy for me to control, but the chance to be in control of such a large vehicle was my inspiration to try.”

In January 2014, Kanoksak entered the Ao Nang Offroad International 2014, a competitive event in which about 40 cars took part, where he won first place in the Open category. However, he’s not just a racer, he is also a businessman running his own garage, War 4x4, which was inherited from his dad.

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I started learning about cars from my father. When I saw that it could make me money, I started doing it on my own. I sell off-road spare parts and car decorations, plus I’m kept busy with maintenance, fixing, and designing off-road vehicles for those who interested in having a more special car,” he says.

Ko takes his 4x4 out regularly with the Kathu Off-Road group, which gets together to drive, head away on camping trips, and share information. “Not only do they look cool, four wheel vehicles are also practical – they can carry a ton of heavy stuffs, get through flooding, or through difficult terrain.”

For more information about four-wheeled vehicles and monster trucks, contact Kanoksak ‘Ko’ Kamnerd on 089-729-7208, via email at, or the website:



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