Text: Lord Seno / Photos: Lord Seno | posted August 11, 2015 16:40
1,000-Kilometer Historic Rally Across Cebu and Negros
Cebu’s premier car club, the Performance and Classics Enthusiasts of Cebu (PACE), in cooperation with the Manila Sports Car Club (MSCC), will be staging the much awaited 2nd Tour de Cebu on October 3 to 5, 2015. The country’s only 1,000-km historic sports car rally is inspired by the notable Mille Miglia event in Italy and will stop-over the major cities of the Islands of Cebu and Negros.
Last year's tour gathered 25 beautifully restored historic vehicles, comprised mostly of sports cars owned and driven by key personalities from Cebu and Manila. The event was supported by Petron Corporation and Sun Life Financial among many others. This year's run aims to finally cover both Cebu and the vastly scenic countryside of Negros from Dumaguete up to Bacolod City. With an expected participation of over 35 vehicles from all over the country, the tour aims to promote the enjoyment and preservation of vintage sports cars aside from the primary reason of helping elevate tourism by highlighting the scenic spots in the Visayas.
Tour de Cebu is open to sports cars manufactured in 1972 or older. All entries are subject to technical scrutiny led by a committee. Major factors for passing include authenticity, period correctness, mechanical soundness, and safety.
The official list for eligible sports cars shall be based on a list compiled by the MSCC. PACE grants limited exception for classic, race, or rally cars manufactured on or below the cut-off date of 1972 with high historic value or prestige. Run-off sports car models beyond the manufacturing cut-off of 1972 are allowed pending technical consensus.
In addition to the rally, PACE will be holding a 2-day Concours d’ Elegance side event from October 2 to 3 at the Montebello Villa Hotel in celebration of the prestigious car club’s 10th anniversary.
The 2nd Tour de Cebu will once again be sponsored by Petron and Sun Life Financial. It will also be supported by Nissan Cebu, the official lead car provider of Tour de Cebu.