Text: Brent Co / Photos: Brent Co | posted April 30, 2004 08:39
A Tribute to Italian Sports Cars
The recently held five-day 2004 Trans Sport Show at the Megatrade Hall gave a preview of the aftermarket styles and trends of the year. Cars featured stylish ground effects, trick paint jobs and hot wheels. While restored classics and vintage cars were there for purists.
Italian sports cars were the highlight of the show with the Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo and Lancia marques. This year's show featured the Manila Sports Car Club, which the featured cars are members of as well. The prestigious annual show featured trade and retail booths from various automotive companies showing the latest innovations, trends, and styles in the market today. Restored classics, vintage and cult cars were some of the attractions at the show.
The open class car Trans Sport Show Cup saw more than 50 car entries which competed for different categories. This year's coveted Best in Show award went to Xtreme Auto Center for its Cadillac Park Avenue entry. Xtreme Auto Center also receives its second award in a row following the classic Toyota Corolla Best in Show winner from the previous year's show.
This year's show was composed of several modern European cars, particularly with the BMW badge. Most were E46 model BMWs with customized looks and big wheels. The most unique entry was DTM's ASA supercharged E46 complete with big Brembo brakes, Recaro sport seats, Hamann body kit and wheels. Several entries came from A-toy Bodykits which was literally all over the halls, having the most number of entries in the car competiton and display cars. There of course a handful of finely restored cars which inlcude a VW Beetle convertible done by PR Autosport, Ford Mustang, Minis, and two MG roadsters side by side. A milestone award was given to the 1953 Mercedes Benz entry which was the oldest entry in the show which could've won the Best in Show award had it been restored properly.
Many competitors had fully tricked out in-car entertainment systems with finely crafted custom amp racks and enclosures for the show. This year, A+ Audio once again wowed the crowd with their JL Audio Toyota Echo project car as well as a Diamond Audio equipped Toyota Altis. Autoline equally drew attention with its Honda Accord entry equipped with JL Audio amplifiers and W7 subwoofer. Both shops received Best Audio Set-up prizes being the most outstanding among the nicely crafted audio set-ups in the show.
Aside from audio setups, airbrushed artwork in the form of murals on the hoods and sides of cars showed the trend of car styling. Reibet Autoshoppe's metallic pink Honda Civic entry took home the plum as the Best Mural. Gleaming engine bays with carbon fiber, chrome and other exotic parts were the norm in many cars as well.
One of the most awarded Japanese car entries perhaps would be the 2001 Honda Civic entry of Reibet Autoshoppe which took home serveral trophies in different categories. It was one of the attention grabbers in the show with its metallic paint shade with airbrushed artwork on the sides and a custom body kit. This car was chosen to be the Reserve Best in Show.
Cars are not the only attraction in the show as the various booths introduced new and exciting products from exhibitors like Ambi Pur, Bilstein, Mothers, Motolite, Recaro, Tuason Racing School, Xenon Bulbs, and Wheel Gallery. Last but not the least, who could miss the chance of seeing the pretty faces of the promo girls from the exhibitors and car competitors. Their smiled brightened up the trade halls as thousands of visitors filled the walkways.