Text: Brent Co / Photos: Brent Co | posted May 07, 2002 08:00
A well rounded show
A well-rounded show would be the words to describe the 12th Motorshow International Philippines recently held at the World Trade Center Metro Manila.
Although the show wasn't as big and extravagant as it was last year, nonetheless the lineup of special events and the display still made the show exciting.
As you enter the trade hall, you will see Isuzu pavilion which greets show-goers with its display of diesel automatic, direct injection, and turbo-diesel innovations. Isuzu vehicles were displayed as well. There was even an Isuzu test drive at the parking lot across where visitors got to test Isuzu vehicles on an off road track.
To round up the vehicle distributors, Cats Motors displayed their Mercedes Benz models. Another distributor is Jaguar which showcased their S-Type and the newly released X-Type. Petron, the biggest oil company in the country wowed the crowd with its circuit and rally car. The Integra Type-R of Team Petron SRA piloted by George Ramirez in the Asian Touring Car Championship and the Team Petron Greenhills Mazda 323 Rally Car of Vip Isada and Robbie Hermoso.
Castrol Philippines making its show debut this year with a display of its two circuit cars, a Group A and Group N class with the latter piloted by 2000 International Touring Car Series Rookie Champ Angelo Barretto. Castrol also hosted their Gran Turismo 3 Challenge where visitors had a chance to go against Castrol drivers to win Castrol goodies. Local manufacturers of Jeeps and UVs also displayed their products. MD Jeepstar, Alana Motors, and Centro Manufacturing were there to show that there is a future for a truly local industry.
Booth displays by aftermarket and OE parts suppliers and dealers were in abundance at the show as more than 40 companies showcased their products. Be it interior, exterior, performance, lubricant to even the air freshener for your vehicle. And of course, we were also there with our partner Crossover 105.1.
Car clubs were in full force at the show as displays from the Vintage Car Club of the Philippines showed their 'new-looking' old classic cars. Also displaying were the Volkswagen Club of the Philippines, Club Mitsu, Miata Club, Mini Club, Mercedes Benz Club of the Philippines, British Roadster Club of the Philippines and the Mad Dog Motorcycle Club.
More car clubs showed up on the last day of the show for the Ultron Car Club Meet just outside the main entrance of the World Trade Center. Clubs like the Muscle Car Club of the Philippines, Mercedes Benz Club of the Philippines, Vintage Car Club of the Philippines, Volkswagen Club of the Philippines all showed up in full force with VW Club having the most members to attend.
Nostalgic luxury cars were also in display as the Cadillac of the Morato family which was truly a sight to see. And a Lincoln Continental. From Spec, Mild to Wild were the treatments made to these show cars. Although there just wasn't the numbers, because there were only 23 show competitors. One thing about the show was that the categories were pretty confusing. The car show competitors were a mix of Japanese, American, and European cars, SUVs, and vans.