Text: Brent Co / Photos: Brent Co | posted April 07, 2002 10:00
Auto Design Evolution
On its eleventh year, the Trans Sport Show's theme is "Auto Design Evolution" featuring cars from the past whose designs continue to inspire and influence the way modern cars look inside and out.
Porsche being the featured marque and the BMW Z Club as the featured car club. The main display area featured exceptionally rare and magnificent cars. A history of Porsche cars was put on display by the Porsche Club of the Philippines. While the BMW Z Club came in full force with a full line of Z-cars as well as an exhibit about the history of the Z-club.
Event presenter and official refinish paint for 2002 RM Paints showcased the latest shades of their Diamont line of 2K Urethane paints. A showcase of different automotive products were also on display at the show.
There were many other products from corporate exhibitors to parts specialty spots who had displays at the show. Team R Specs and Excellar Autmotive Ventures displayed Mother's Car Care Products and Recaro seats respectively, a wide selection of Sparco and Tom's products were available at Reibet Autoshoppe's booth, A-toy/Options Unlimited carried a wide variety of accessories, spoilers, mufflers and more, Denso showcased their numerous automotive belt products, Caltex displayed their full line of automotive lubricants, Bilstein and K&N at the Wilman booth.
Car manufacturers also gave their support as Diamond Motors Phils./Union Motor Phils. who also garnered 'Outstanding Pavillion' and Ford Group Philippines (Outstanding Booth) showcased their latest models. Ford displayed their all new Lynx and the Ranger SVT-II. Mitsubishi on the other hand came up with the special edition models of the Adventure, Space Gear and Pajero. Chrysler Philippines displayed a Dakota and Durango.
After a successful launch event, Tuason Racing Project-Oxygen displayed one of their racing school cars. Spearheaded by JP Tuason, son of the late Arthur Tuason who continues his father's legacy and fulfils their dreams of offering racing courses. Beginners start from Karting at the Carmona Circuit, then advance to Touring cars at Batangas Racing Circuit and eventually to Formula in Zhuhai, China through special arrangements with FRD Racing.
Tuason Racing Project is supported by Oxygen, Magic 89.9, Bridgestone, Paintworks, Nodalos, AC Motorsports, Batangas Racing Circuit, Sparco, Drive Concept Wheels, Auto Line, Armor Signs, Blue Moon, EBC Brakes, Honda Kalookan, Forward Magazine, AutoIndustriya.com, Lesonal Paints, and Auto Gauge.
Cars from vintage to modern, Japanese, American and European participated in this year's open class car competition. The oldest one, a 1949 MGTC in full British heritage elegantly clad brought home Best Engine Compartment, Best Interior (non-Asian), Best Vintage and the most sought after Best in Show award. Truly a rare sight. A member of the British Car Club and the Manila Sports Car Club.
A showstopping display by Reibet Autoshoppe certainly wowed the crowd as the organizers even lauded it. "This is what's been missing from the Trans Sport Show in the recent years. We need more displays like this in the Trans Sport Show," said Ms. Sophie Delos Santos (President of Tradeshow).
The 2002 Trans Sport Show had more than 40 entries for their open class car competition. Japanese, American and European cars lined the halls of the Megatrade.
Those who won really paid attention to each bit and detail of virtually every part of their car. Each nut and bolt was meticulously restored or refinished. Engine bays were as clean as new. And the interior fit and finish perfect. It takes patience and hard work in the Trans Sport Show - one of the country's most prestigious car shows.