Nowadays is unlike ten years back in time, where as a good, trustworthy garage is hard to find. Furthermore, there were only a handful of those provide restoration works and if they do, the workmanship is kinda dodgy when you compare it with the bills you’re holding. More often than not, you have a hard time to part with your hard-earned cash when you get to see the end result. Those days were more of a hearsay nowadays.
Rahmat, the founder of this particular gem of restoration works, better known as Playhouse Garage among car enthusiasts were inspired to open up his own garage ever since he graduated in New Zealand. Turned out, lady luck loved him more than the rest of us and so he managed to take over a workshop situated in USJ 1, hence the birth of Play House Garage back in 2010.
His interest in motoring was nurtured back when he was still a ‘lil boy, tagging along with his dear dad who loved modifying cars. And so, the frequented trips to garages had Rahmat inspired to have his own ‘lil playground of metals, lugs, screws, engine and the whole l0t. In the early years, Play House Garage endured strenuous challenges in order to be one of the preferred garages among the enthusiasts. Having a limited budget was one of the biggest hurdle to propel Playhouse Garage to be one of the best restoration workshop in the Klang Valley. Apart from custom built and restoration, Play House garage also accept modification works depending on customers’ requirement.
Nevertheless, passion persevered and Play House Garage was the talk of the town especially among car enthusiasts especially those who owned Continentals as well as American muscles. There, I said it. American muscles… but is there any here in the soils of Malaysia? Turned out, there were quite a number of the American muscles here in Malaysia. Most of it came from the era before the independence and so restoration works is essential to keep it running as well as in pristine condition at that. No point driving in a rare breed if it’s not in top condition right? After 4 years being operational, Play House Garage collaborated with a number of entities in motoring in order to expand its business, hence the birth of Play House Confederation with six divisions under one roof;
Play House Garage
Play House Aterp Art
Play House J&Z Reserves
Play House Carpintero
Play House Drift Industries
Play House Strategic Branding
Since Play House takes perfection as its top priority, Rahmat restricted its work to 4 complete restoration works only in a year. That’s how serious they are in the restoration field. Ideas usually comes from the customers with feedbacks from Play House in order to ensure an out of ordinary custom works. With subtle and rustic as its main concept in all its work, Troy Trepanier of Rad Rides is Rahmat’s main inspiration in order to complete a built. With more than 25 years of experience in custom and built in the States, passion and the strive for excellence is what Rad Rides is all about. It might be a long way to go for Play House Garage, but with the same passion and ‘nothing is impossible’ attitude, it will not be long before Play House Garage to be known as the Rad Rides of Malaysia.
words: hage’ pix: Hazwan Najims & Faiz Zakariah