Franco Cagayat and his automotive sculpture – Click above to watch video after the jump

We've seen some pretty amazing things happen when talent mixes with the proper medium, but this takes the cake. Top Gear Philippines magazine is featuring a story on Franco Cagayat, an autistic 21-year-old sculptor who specializes in carving detailed vehicle models from a single block of wood. Complete with doors that open and close, full interiors and complete engine bays, the vehicles are unlike anything we've ever seen. Cagayat says he got started by drawing every vehicle he saw and eventually learned to translate that talent into sculpting.

The artist first became a fan of Top Gear when a classmate offered to trade him a copy of the magazine for a wooden Ferrari Testarossa. We think Cagayat probably got the short end of the stick on that one, but he now uses the photos in the publication for reference when it comes time to carve the newest supercars of the world. Hit the jump to take a look at a video interview with Cagayat.



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      Imaginary lines
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is the talent the media should bring to light more often....there's more to life then "The Voice"....
        • 3 Years Ago
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      Jim R
      • 3 Years Ago
      So...does this kid have a website? An online store? ....Any way we can buy one of these?
      Yaser C. Hamud
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great skills, great work. He doesn't seem autistic to me.
        ian
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Yaser C. Hamud
        Probably has Asperger's which is autism, though most people can't tell without speaking for a little bit with someone who has it.
        fmarcelinojr
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Yaser C. Hamud
        He is not an autistic person. His appearance on Bitag shows that he is a religious and philanthropic person as he give efforts to help others.
      ken
      • 3 Years Ago
      sweet cars! awesome talent!
      RJC
      • 3 Years Ago
      Autistic they say? It's just incredible, that kid has natural talent.
      fmarcelinojr
      • 3 Years Ago
      the first time I saw this person on the tv is on a segment of Ben Tulfo's "Bitag". Good thing the net has followed this wonderful person. :) His works are good and a bargain to own.
      Mark
      • 3 Years Ago
      Amazing! Great story. I'm sure with his talent he'll realize his dream of owning a Porsche Cayenne and Nissan Patrol.
      jei
      • 3 Years Ago
      wow his great! its FILIPINO aol... get it right
      stclair5211
      • 3 Years Ago
      "He doesn't seem autistic to me." Nice. I love how as long as you have some talent everyone sings your praises and kisses your butt. Be ordinary, fat, ugly, etc. and love, friendship, a sense of belonging, etc. are hard to come by. I'm so proud of the human race.
      ccweems
      • 3 Years Ago
      Certainly there is a big time manufacturer that can use a natural talent as this. Even if he doesn't make the design staff I bet he would enjoy modeling cars that haven't been built full scale in clay. Some how I can't believe he'd ever design a BMW 5GT or a Honda Crosstour. If musical prodigy's can make it to Carnegie Hall this talented individual must surely find work is some prestigious design center. What do we have to do to get the ball rolling?
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