Text: Brent Co / Photos: Brent Co | posted July 01, 2007 18:58
MSCC's 40th Anniversary
The Concours d' Elegance by the Bay organized by the Manila Sports Car Club also marked a milestone for the club as it also celebrated its 40th anniversary year. Held at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel, the third staging of the show featured thirty meticulously restored and well-kept mechanical works of art competing for the coveted "Chrysis" trophy. The Chrysis is the event's perpetual trophy, a Lalique Crystal radiator mascot wherein names of the Best of Show winner and its owner's name will be inscribed.
Foreign judges from prestigious car clubs around the world were invited to judge the cars. They are Osamu Hasegawa (officer, Japan Classic Car Club), Graham Allen (Hong Kong Classic Car Club), Atavit Suwannapakdee (Secretary, Vintage Car Club of Thailand; President Jaguar Club Thailand), Masaki Kouga (Editor-in-Chief, Old Timer Magazine, Japan), Ian Foster (Chairman, Classic Auto Cycle Museum Club; Vice-Chairman, Classic Bike Club of Hong Kong), and Bernd Schneider (General Manager, Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel).
Only automobiles manufactured before December 31, 1976 are eligible to compete in the show, with vehicles subdivided into different classes. These are, Pre-War, Post-War, Classic Age, Golden Era (Early), Golden Era (Late) and Modern. A Best in Class award with second and third place awards will be given to each vehicle class with the Best of Show being chosen among the winners of the Best in Class.
The entries in this show are, 1930 Ford Model A, 1931 Pierce Arrow, 1948 MG TC, 1951 Cadillac Fleetwood 75, 1953 Jaguar XK120, 1956 Mercedes Benz 190SL, 1957 Mercedes Benz 300SL "Gullwing", 1956 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet, 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air, 1957 Chevrolet Corvette, 1957 Chevrolet Pick-up, 1959 MG A, 1959 Porsche 356A, 1962 Porsche 356B, 1962 Triumph TR4, 1964 Citroen 2CV, 1964 Austin Mini Cooper, 1965 Ford Mustang, 1966 Chevrolet Corvette, 1966 Jauguar XKE, 1967 Fiat 124, 1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS SS, 1967 Jauguar XKE, 1968 Mercedes Benz 280SL, 1968 Porsche 912, Mercedes Benz 280 SE, 1968 Alfa Romeo 1750 GTV, 1969 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia, 1971 Mercedes Benz 280SL, 1973 Ferrari Dino GTS.
There were also other vehicles displayed at the show provided by the Porsche Car Club, a Porsche 911 racecar driven by Japanese Tashiro Koike, and a 1965 MG B. The overall experience of the show is like time traveling to the past with a time machine to appreciate the various automotive works of art. The event was culminated with a bowtie dinner where the awards were also presented to its winners.