Text: Brent Co / Photos: Brent Co | posted December 04, 2006 18:58
The latest trends in auto styling
It was once again time for the country's car and truck aftermarket builders to show off their latest offerings for enthusiasts to see. The 2006 Sport Truck and Custom Car Show featured some of the latest trends in auto styling at the SM Megatrade Hall. Although this year's show wasn't as peaceful with a powerful typhoon that sweeping the country disrupted power leaving the second day of the show in total darkness. But the show still went on despite this, resuming the next day. More than eighty cars and trucks were on display for visitors to see.
As an added highlight for showgoers to see were a Lamborghini Murciélago Spyder and an Aston Martin DB9 on loan from a serious car collector. Capturing much attention as well was the Chevy Silverado of 199 Off-Road House nicknamed 'Grim Reaper' which stood out amongst the trucks. It was surrounded flanked by off-road trail ready pickup trucks (Ford Ranger, Toyota Hilux) and a restored Toyota Land Cruiser FJ70.
At another corner was a finely restored classic '50s Chevy pickup truck. Autozone's Scion xB on the other hand showed that it can be a cool tailgate party machine with an LCD projector screen and booming audio system finished off by a matte orange paintjob. ERS Motorsports wanted more than bling with their trucks as they put vertical and suicide doors in their Ford Expedition and Nissan Patrol entries.
Taking center stage for the cars department were the entries of Alex Car Restoration with two movie inspired cars set on a specially designed display pavilion. A Ford Mustang inspired by 'Eleanor' in "Gone in Sixty Seconds" and a Honda S2000 inspired by 2 Fast 2 Furious with a different paint scheme. Several custom low-rider cars were also present with creative body panels, wire rims, and hydraulic suspension.
A very unique entry was the Honda Jazz of Autoline which had the driver's seat relocated to the center. The Aftermarket Mafia group came with their two-tone paint schemed cars, a customized convertible car and a blinged Porsche Spyder replica. A-toy's latest creations were the 2006 Honda Civics inspired by the Mugen Dominator.
JCB Bodyshop entered two widebody Nissan Silvia's to the show complete with wild engine modifications as well. A clean Suzuki Sport insipred Suzuki Swift with carbon fiber accents along with a Dynamite inspired Honda Jazz were part of Autoline's subcompact offerings. Kai Racing was also present led by the Concorde Ford Focus. ERS Motorsport had their widebody Toyota MR-S, Lexus IS200 and Honda Jazz to complete its lineup. Aside from the the cool cars, hot and sexy promo girls from different companies also gave guys some eye candy as they walked around the trade hall.
This year's show should be considered a success with several good entries and was still visited by plenty of people despite the weather disturbance. And this heard through the grapevine, as an added bonus to the top entries, three vehicles will be chosen by the organizer to be sent on a sponsored trip to Japan for the 2007 Tokyo Auto Salon. The first time cars from the Philippines will be shown in Japan.