Text: Brent Co / Photos: Brent Co | posted April 12, 2001 09:00
Focus on Retro Designs
The 2001 Trans Sport Show not only marked the 10th anniversary of the show but also another successful show by Tradeshow International Inc. This year's theme: "Focus on Retro Designs". April 21st marked day one of the show which was officially opened to public by the ribbon cutting ceremonies attended by no less than international racing champions Kenji Ishida of Japan, Angelo Barretto, and Brian Drummond GM of Caltex Lubricants. Also at the opening ceremonies was Ms. Nellie Sy, last year's Miss Trans Sport Show winner.
Corporate booths and trade displays by the members of the automotive industry, cars, presentations, beautiful ladies, contests and raffle draws galore were the attractions of the show. As you enter the trade hall, the Caltex Havoline Energy booth greets you with great values for their products. Caltex Philippines has been on a marketing roadshow promoting its line of Havoline oils.
Seminars were also held on the side as Angelo Barretto's "Challenging the World" talked about his racing in Europe, PIKA President Pepon Marave taked about the "Cadet Karting Program" which introduced the motorsports programs for youngsters, DAYCO showed "How to Know If You Need to Change Your Timing Belt", and Caltex Philippines made its "New Technology Engine Coolant Demo".
Car manufacturers and dealers also displayed their products at the show. Commercial Motors exclusive distributor of Mercedes-Benz, GM Autoworld, Mitsubishi Motors, Suzuki Philippines and lastly Ford Libis. Kymco also exhibited their different motorcycles.
Also present to support the show are the different car clubs like the Manila Sports Car Club, Miata Club of the Philippines, VW Sport Club, Porsche Club of the Philippines, Volkswagen Club of the Philippines, MG Club, and the BMW Z Club Philippines. Notable cars were Toti DeLeon's MGA and Z3, and Andy Sta. Maria's Lotus Elan. Rare and collectible cars graced the event as guest exhibitors. Although they would've made the competition really exciting. They still were there to grace the event and that still counts.
International Touring Car Rookie Champion Angelo Barretto gave a presentation called "Challenging the World" about his racing stint in Europe. He related the obstacles that he had to hurdle in order to race in Europe. But the most important part of his presentation is that he showed the world that the Filipino has the ability to be successful in international racing. He is however saddened by the lack of support from our government. But is extremely grateful for the people who supported him in his racing stint in Europe. He also revealed his racing plans for this year. Not only hoping to bring back more trophies but to give more pride for the Philippines. His achievements have truly put the Philippines in the map of international motorsports.
The Philippine International Karting Association (PIKA) was also at the show to inform the public about its "Cadet Karting" program hoping to increase awareness about Karting in the Philippines. "The Philippines is the top Karting country in Asia, and we hope to advance this to other forms of racing as we bring more young people into the sport" said PIKA President Pepon Marave.
Outlast also invited guests to the event. Their sponsored Touring Car drivers Ferdie Ong and Benedict Dela Cruz were at the Outlast booth to meet racing fans, to sign autographs and have photo shoots. Ong and Dela Cruz are currently running a very successful season in the Super Saloon Series on Honda Civic EG6 race cars.
The Trans Sport Show Cup car show competition, considered the most prestigious car show in the coutnry was participated by different cars restored and refinished by the different body shops. Different Japanese, European, and American cars were showcased in the prestigious competition. Leading car shops like Alabang Boys, Aldous Paint & Body Works, Allen Isidro Autobody, Autoline, Auto Prime, Auto Elite/AET Colorworks, Blue Moon Motorsports, Camspeed, DC Autosport, Fil-Carrozeria, Gaspeed, Hannah Auto Center, Infiniti Auto Refinishers, JCB Bodyshop/1st Station, Kai Racing Sportz, L&C Motors, Marikina Auto Center Inc., Options Unlimited, Paint Tricks, Tireboy/A-toy Body Kits, Zumspeed showcased their work in the show.
The Trans Sport Show Car Competition was judged by members of prestigious car clubs, International race drivers and members of the automotive world. This year, distinguished Japanese guests International Rally Champion Kenji Ishida and Aoki were honorary guest judges in the event. The judging committee was headed by Osamu 'OD' Hasegawa. The panel includes Manila Sports Car Club directors and car collectors Andy Sta. Maria, Eddie Salonga, Serge Naguiat, Pete Morato, Manny Roque, and PIKA President Pepon Marave. Sophie Delos Santos of Tradeshow also presided as judge in the event.