Text: Brent Co / Photos: Brent Co | posted April 28, 2006 18:58
A car show for enthusiasts, by enthusiasts
For fifteen years, the Trans Sport Show has set the record for being the longest running auto show in the country. It has been the pioneer enthusiasts' show which has seen the likes of automobile icons such as the '62 Chevy Corvette, Ford Model A, Jaguar E-Type, Lancia Stratos, and Mercedes Benz Gullwing among others.
The now five-day event, annually held at SM Megamall's Megatrade Halls, featured a mix of classic, contemporary, vintage, and modified modern automobiles. Some of which we only see in coffee table books, but surprisingly, some of these hidden treasures spring out once a year to compete or be displayed at the Trans Sport Show.
The Trans Sport Show is "A car show for enthusiasts, by enthusiasts," as stressed by the organizers. It must not be misconstrued as a motor show where we expect large pavillions of automakers showcasing their latest offerings. Nor should the show even be compared with one.
The centerpiece of this year's show was a pristine red Lamborghini Diablo VT and a new yellow Ferrari F430 Spyder. This year's show entries composed of a rare convertible Chevy Bel Air, a bunch of Mustangs, Jaguar XK120, 1961 Mercedes Benz 220 Convertible which is also another very rare car, with only 2,360 units produced between 1951 to 1955.
C! Publishing highlighted their display with the Saleen S281 spearheading for EVO Magazine, while an new Mercedes Benz S Class represented C! Magazine as a modified Mitsubishi Lancer covered for Tech and Tuner. Aftermarket suppliers abound were present at the show. Some had their display cars bunched up together forming big display areas. And some on the other hand set up booths to display and sell their products with special promotion prices which they only offered at the show.
Creating major waves at the show were Goodyear Philippines and Tuason Racing School. Goodyear launched their new apparel collection endorsed by young racing stars. Tuason Racing School on the other hand, held the first leg of their 2006 Top Driver Challenge where the winner gets a seat to race in the Ford Focus Cup Novice Series for free.
The Trans Sport Show is one of the pioneers in major car shows in the Philippines and has since been a tradition for many Filipinos which will continue to be one for years to come. We would like to congratulate Tradeshow International for a successful fifteen years.