Latest Stories

Backstage Pass

Ian King loves autos, DC shoes, fitted wip caps—and moisturizers



Ian Angelo King has made his love of cars more than just a hobby. At 33, he has turned his inclination into popular and enviable businesses.

He’s known in car circles as a Porsche-phile and somewhat of an Internet video sensation. Not only is he living the dream of tuner boys everywhere, he’s also at the top of his game where autos are concerned.

Fast cars, however, aren’t the only thing on his agenda.

His family is  known for its core business, motel chain Victoria Court. As its managing director, Ian has retrofitted the family’s hospitality business into something cool and hip for the new generation.

I put up my car shop Car Porn Racing… more as a hobby to help maintain my car projects. At the time, I noticed that some of my requests were not being met by other shops. So I put up

Polo Blue

my own car shop. But I told myself that I didn’t want to compete with other car shops, so I decided to specialize in products that were not yet available in the Philippines.

My car shop now specializes in Air Suspension, RWB Porsches, custom forged wheels, wide body conversions, V8 engine transplants and luxury modifications.

We are a by-appointment shop, and I actually pick what projects I want to work on.

When it comes to cars, I enjoy… everything I do, whether working behind a desk, planning and editing shoots, or driving a car sideways at 100 kph. I’m blessed to have such a productive career where I get to follow my passion and exercise my creativity.

What I enjoy about drifting is… the whole sensation of it. Being sideways and being able to safely control the car when it’s out of control is such a thrill!

I’m never satisfied with stock cars because… I want to be different, and stock cars are boring for me. They lack personality and flavor.

Clinique Happy

You can tell a lot about a man by the car he drives because… people’s self-image will reflect in the cars they choose to drive and own.

Dressing up

Being married to supermodel Joey Mead… has been great, as we both love fashion and dressing well. My wife has always told me that she likes it when I dress like a Korean pop star! At the same time, I think I’ve helped influence her style.  We don’t coordinate all the time, just occasionally.

I can’t seem to get enough of… fitted wip caps. I used to be a fedora addict, but nowadays we produce our own, so I have a lot of those.

But I also love my DC shoes! DC was made popular by a guy called Ken Block who, up to now, is the benchmark for viral car videos.

I also used to wear a lot of tailored suits. But in the car shop, my wardrobe consists mostly of sneakers, T-shirts and outdoor pants from ROX.

In my dresser/bathroom counter, you’ll find a lot of…  products! We have a lot of Pond’s products because my wife uses the brand’s moisturizers!

I don’t use hair products and, since my hair is long, I just usually tie it into a ponytail. Over the years, I’ve amassed quite a collection of perfumes, from Ralph Lauren and A|X all the way to Cool Water and Clinique Happy.

When it comes to bath products, we… shuffle from Safeguard soap to Dove. Shampoo ranges from Head & Shoulders to organic ones like Aloe Derma Natural shampoo and conditioner, and Avalon Organics Thickening Shampoo from Healthy Options.

To keep me looking my best, I have… facial cleaning at this clinic in San Antonio; haircut and treatments at the Basement, Rockwell; and spa days at The Spa in BGC. I used to go to Facial Care a lot, but when we moved to our new place, it was out of the way.

Top tip


Eco-chic individuals like Ian King and Joey Mead-King are slowly ditching harsh chemicals from their beauty routine for greener, more eco-friendly products.

It’s unrealistic to change your beauty cabinet all at once, so switch to different items one at a time.

The best place to start is with your shampoos. Choose milder products with labels such as sulfate-free, paraben-free, fair trade, sustainable, natural, organic, or ships’ carbon-free.

If you’re looking for a shampoo to brighten up your shower time and your mane, consider  L’Oreal Paris Hair Expertise’s Eversleek. Not only does it contain Argan, Sunflower and Olive oils, but the sulfate-free addition also smells downright incredible. Eversleek Intense Smoothing is exclusively sold at Watsons.

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Ian Angelo King , Lifestyle , People

Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
  1. How to enjoy Buntod
  2. Kim Atienza: At home with art and design
  3. Life lessons I want to teach my son
  4. No tourist draw, Malang the croc will remain wild
  5. ‘Wild West’ Masbate’s pristine marine gems
  6. The best flavors of summer in one bite, and more
  7. How Zsa Zsa Padilla found Conrad Onglao; Sharon Cuneta played Cupid
  8. Homemade yogurt, bread blended with pizza, even ramen
  9. What has happened to Barrio Fiesta and Singing Cooks & Waiters?
  10. Haneda International Airport: A destination on its own
  1. How Zsa Zsa Padilla found Conrad Onglao; Sharon Cuneta played Cupid
  2. How to enjoy Buntod
  3. Historic Fort Bonifacio tunnel converted into a septic tank
  4. How Margie Moran-Floirendo keeps her dancer’s body
  5. Are your favorite malls open this Holy Week break?
  6. Miss America: Don’t suspend teen over prom invite
  7. ‘Wild West’ Masbate’s pristine marine gems
  8. Kim Atienza: At home with art and design
  9. ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  10. Life lessons I want to teach my son
  1. How Zsa Zsa Padilla found Conrad Onglao; Sharon Cuneta played Cupid
  2. Mary Jean Lastimosa is new Miss Universe Philippines
  3. Did Angara ruin Pia Wurtzbach’s chances at Bb. Pilipinas?
  4. Dominique–Gretchen and Tonyboy Cojuangco’s daughter–now an endorser
  5. Vinegar test helpful vs cervical cancer
  6. From Jeannie to mom of suicide victim
  7. San Vicente beaches hidden but not for long
  8. Borgy and Georgina are back; others are off–again
  9. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?
  10. Sen. Angara: I thought Pia Wurtzbach gave a good answer


  • Smooth Edsa ride up in 2 years, but…
  • Obama: US will defend Japan vs China
  • Santiago accuses Lacson of fronting for Enrile, Gigi Reyes
  • Name names, Lacson told
  • Ukraine FM: We are ready to fight Russia
  • Sports

  • Sharapova advances to Stuttgart quarterfinals
  • Galedo caps ride of redemption
  • Beermen, Express dispute second semis slot today
  • Lady Agilas upset Lady Bulldogs in four sets
  • NLEX roars to 7th D-League win
  • Lifestyle

  • Marinduque: Visiting the ‘palm of the ocean’
  • First at Vatican in 60 years
  • How Jing Monis Salon gave Krissy the pixie
  • Want to be a supermodel? Work on your inner beauty, says Joey Espino
  • Denims that keep you cool–literally
  • Entertainment

  • Kristoffer Martin: from thug to gay teen
  • Has Ai Ai fallen deeply with ‘sireno?’
  • California court won’t review Jackson doctor case
  • Cris Villonco on play adapted from different medium
  • OMB exec’s assurance: We work 24/7
  • Business

  • Nielsen sees car buying boom in the Philippines
  • How author of best-seller exposed ‘one percent’ economic elite
  • Bangko Sentral readies new bank lending rules
  • Gaming stocks gain, PSEi eases on profit-taking
  • Cebu Pacific flew 3.74M passengers as of March
  • Technology

  • Vatican announces hashtag for April 27 canonizations
  • Enrile in Masters of the Universe, Lord of the Rings?
  • Top Traits of Digital Marketers
  • No truth to viral no-visa ‘chronicles’
  • ‘Unlimited’ Internet promos not really limitless; lawmakers call for probe
  • Opinion

  • Editorial Cartoon, April 25, 2014
  • No deal, Janet
  • Like making Al Capone a witness vs his gang
  • MERS-CoV and mothers
  • A graduation story
  • Global Nation

  • Senator hopes PH will also get same vow
  • HK victims to get P115M; traders raised money
  • Afghan hospital guard kills 3 American doctors
  • Career diplomat is new PH consul general in Los Angeles
  • US4GG: Aquino should ask Obama for TPS approval, drone technology