By Samantha Grillo @_samanthagrillo
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Nokturnal Car Club’s more than 250 members spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to transform their regular rides into moving, roaring works of art.
Hector Esquivel, president of the Los Angeles, USA chapter, said: “It’s an expensive hobby - I’ve spent around $90,000 to $100,000 on my custom yellow truck.
“It sounds like a lot to people, but it’s also a build that has taken four plus years - and I enjoy it.”
The organisation was formed in Montebello, California, USA in 2001, but has expanded to 28 chapters across the US, Europe and Asia.
Tony Reynaga, also known as Scooby, has been in the club for eleven years and is the president of the chapter in Bakersfield, California, where he lives.
Tony said: “They say this is a hobby, but it doesn’t feel like a hobby.
“You put more hours into this than you do at work - so it’s supposed to be a hobby but it feels like a full time job.”
Members of the club customise their cars with bright paint jobs, tall rims, custom speaker systems and a variety of electronics.
Hector said: “We customise everything in and out of the car.
“We took a 1998 Chevy two door Tahoe and converted the front end, the fenders, added oversized 28in wheels, and fully engraved and painted it.
“We added a nice mural on the hood and gave it a purple candy paint job.”
Hector, from Los Angeles, California is the president of the LA chapter of Nokturnal.
He started building cars when he was just 15-years-old, and has been a member of the club for nine years.
Hector said: “I got my first car from my dad and every year after I bought a car and never liked it stocked - so converted it into something else.
Club members also use their creative customisation skills to transform smaller vehicles.
Tony said: “We actually ran out of ideas for cars so we built a custom golf cart once.
“We put 14in rims on it and it’s got airbags, air ride suspension, LEDS around the bottom, TVs everywhere, and it’s got an Xbox 360 in the back.”
Hector said: “The older I get, the more fun it gets - and now I’m teaching my son how to enjoy this too.”