Text: Brent Co / Photos: Brent Co | posted May 02, 2010 11:12
Nineteen years of rekindling man's affinity for cars
Nineteen years running, the Trans Sport Show once again opened its doors to car enthusiasts a 5-day exhibition of man's affinity with cars at the Megatrade Hall. This year's event paid homage to the Jaguar marque, which celebrates its 75th anniversary. A special display was composed of the Jaguar XK, XKE, and XK-R, while Jaguar Philippines displayed the new XK-R. On the show's prelude to its 20th anniversary in 2011, it also welcomed back its long-time partner Caltex, which brought in a mock-up of its service station and a 7-11 drink station to boot.
The event attracted more than ninety cars ranging from restored pre-war and vintage to customized and fully tricked-out modern cars. The country's major players in the aftermarket and auto service industry also participated to showcase their latest products, services and marketing promotions. Caltex also gave photo enthusiasts a chance to show their skills in a photo contest in cooperation with Digital Photographer Philipines.
In preparation for the 20th anniversary staging and due to the constant clamor of participant, organizers decided to subdivide the Best of Show classification to Nostalgic and Contemporary. Taking top honors in the Nostalgic category was a neatly restored 1956 Porsche 356A owned by Benjie Atilano and painted by Zinggoy's Paintworx, it was also honored as the Best Vintage Car. Meanwhile, the 1979 Porsche 911 Type 930 clad in Martini Racing livery of William Tan garnered Reserve Best of Show, Best Graphics, and Sophie's Choice honors.
In the Contemporary category, it was JWorks Unlimited's who took home the top prize with its Scion xB entered by shop owner John Lee Hagoriles, which also received the Best in Paint and Best Mini Crossover awards. Receiving the Reserve Best of Show was the H3 Racing's turbocharged Honda Civic FD of Bong Hilario entered by Auto Circuit, the entry also received the top award for the FD Class.
Auto styling authority Atoy Llave of A-toy Bodykits once again received the Best in Bodykits award for the conversion of a Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R to an R34 GT-R with NISMO inspired bodykits. A unique entry from TSS regular Alex Ong of Autoline - a restored 1989 Toyota Corolla was honored Best in Stock. The Best Booth award went to Caltex for its mock-up service station display. Other notable entries were the 1918 Chevrolet 490 Light Delivery Truck, 1933 Ford Coupe De Luxe Hot Rod, and the 1970 Plymouth Cuda.
The show will of course not be complete without the lovely faces beside the cars and product display booths, which do not fail to bring smiles to the male dominated audience which came in thousands. This year's roster of models includes those that graced the pages of popular men's magazines. Organizer Tradeshow International has already announced that the 20th anniversary of the Trans Sport Show will be held at the SMX Convention Center on May 18-22, 2011. The event will feature the 20th Trans Sport Show Cup, Nostalgic Motor Show, Concours d' Elegance and a special display featuring the Best of Show winners from the past 19 events.