Text: Inigo S. Roces / Photos: Mike Sabarre, Brent Co | posted June 18, 2016 09:40
Lamborghini Gallardo, Shelby GT 500 get respective Best of Show awards
From alluring classics, to resto-mods, to highly customized contemporary examples, the recent 2016 Trans Sport Show served as a showcase of the trends of the country's restoration and tuning scenes. The event was held earlier this year from May 19-22 at the SMX Convention Center. The car show saw over 100 entires, spanning 37 categories.
For those that missed it, we offer a quick recap with the official winners of the major categories.
Best American SUV - 2015 Jeep Rubicon by Black Rhino Wheels
Best American Resto Mod - 1967 Ford GT500 Shelby by Classic Speed
Best Japanese 1990s – 1994 Honda Civic by Powerhouse
Best Millenium Compact – 2007 Mini Cooper S by R33 Cars
Best Classic Resto Mod - 1979 Opel Kadett by RPM Autoworks
Best Sports Car Resto Mod - 1978 Nissan 280Z by Autowerkes
Best Sports Convertible – 2002 BMW 330ci by North Block Paint & Bodyworks
Best Supercar - 2006 Lamborghini Gallardo SE by JWorks Unlimited/Autoline Motorsports
Best Vintage – 1951 Cadillac Fleetwood by Alfred Motorworks
Best Historic Sports Car - 1957 Mercedes-Benz 190SL by Benjie Atilano
Best Classic 4x4 – 1973 Toyota Land Crusier (FJ40) by 1MJ Autocentre/Liwanag Magwheels Restoration
Best Recreation – 1974 Volkswagen Buggy by Asian Coatings/Wipeout Autocraft
Best Classic Restored – 1972 Toyota Sprinter (KE-20) by JC Garage
Best Pickup – 2016 Nissan Navara by Dr. G's Car Clinic
Best Local Bodykit - 2014 Toyota 86 by Atoy Customs
Best Imported Bodykit – 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser Wald (LC200) by Jworks Unlimited/Autoline Motorsports
Best Engine Display - 1979 Opel Kadett by RPM Autoworks
Best Extreme Custom – 2000 Honda Integra Type R by Powerhouse
Best in Paint Contemporary - 2006 Lamborghini Gallardo SE by JWorks Unlimited/Autoline Motorsports
Best in Paint Nostalgic - 1967 Ford GT500 Shelby by Classic Speed
These are just a few of the many classes. Competition was visibly tough among the many Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, Subaru Impreza, Subaru BRZ / Toyota 86, Land Rover Defender, Toyota Land Crusier and Porsche entries, thus warranting their own categories and special prizes.
Still, the most coveted honor was easily Best of Show, divided into Contemporary and Nostalgic categories. Runners-up are bestowed with the Reserve Best of Show title.
Reserve Best of Show Contemporary - 2007 Mini Cooper S by R33 Cars
Reserve Best of Show Nostalgic - 1979 Opel Kadett by RPM Autoworks
Best of Show Contemporary - 2006 Lamborghini Gallardo SE by JWorks Unlimited/Autoline Motorsports
Best of Show Nostalgic - 1967 Ford GT500 Shelby by Classic Speed
As has now become a tradition, winners of the Best of Show title will be featured in the next year's post, as well as in the show itself.