Text: Kevin Carlos / Photos: Brent Co, Mike Sabarre | posted July 04, 2011 00:17
20 Years of the Filipino love affair with cars
Car enthusiasts from around the metro and the country flocked to SMX in SM Mall of Asia for the 20th Trans Sport Show; a 4 day event showcasing the work of the country's premier aftermarket shops and specialists. This event is a must for every Filipino car enthusiast.
Three in one event
This year the Trans Sport Show combined with Manila Sports Car Club (MSCC) for its 4th Councours d'Elegance which displayed 30 of the most restored and highly sought after classic cars in our country. The 20th TSS also served as the launch of the Philippine Nostalgic Motor Show.
Previous winners in the show
For its 20th anniversary the Transport show included its past winners.13 of the Best of Show winners were present including (but not limited to): a 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL, a 1930 Ford Model A, a 1963 Jaguar XKE, a 1965 Ford Mustang, 1970 Lamborghini Miura, a 1976 Lancia Stratos (the first winner of the show) and a reigning champion in the form of 1948 Buick Roadmaster.
Customization at its finest
Highly tuned cars for the show were present, there were tuned Honda Civic's with K-series engine swaps. Subaru's with upgraded turbo's tuned Porsche's,drift cars and personal luxury mobile vans.
3 generations of Lamborghini's
A tuner showcased a foiled black and orange 2004 Lamborghini Murciélago, another shop displayed a 2001 Lamborghini Diablo VT painted bright orange with carbon fiber wheels and a restored Lamborghini Muira restored to its original glory.
Nostalgic Japanese cars
There were a lot of classics in the Transport show from Mitsubishi Lancer's, Toyota Corolla's classic Crowns with Toyopet badges and a track-ready Datsun 240z, The Datsun was one of the crowd favorites painted crème with gunmetal Watanabes wrapped in slick tires.
As the tradition is with past Trans Sport Shows, there were numerous winners in the many categories up for grabs. Notable awardees include A-Toy Bodykits which, apart from taking awards for several car classes, took top marks for Best Interior (Foton Van) and Best Bodykit (Chevrolet Optra). A-Toy also took awards for the best Party Van with the Foton View, along with 3rd place in the Mini division with the 2010 MINI Cooper.
Of the exotics, it was the 1995 Lamborghini Diablo of Unique Autowerkes that took the top spot along with the Reserve Best of Show award, followed by a Lamborghini Murciélago from Options Unlimited and a 2010 Audi R8 from Wheel Gallery.
Autoline Motorsports Zentrium took the Tuning Award with a highly modified 2007 Honda Civic FD, along with the top two spots in the 4WD division with a pair of 2010 and 2009 Subaru Impreza STI's . Not to be outdone in the performance department, Speedlab took home the Best Engine Display award with a 2009 Honda City.
Stealing the limelight with its paintwork for the Contemporary Class is the 1998 Porsche Boxster of Jworks Unlimited, while a 1999 Porsche Boxster, also from Jworks, took the top prize as Best of Show.
Making it big in the Nostalgic Class was the 1973 BMW 2002 Turbo entry of LNS Paint and Body Works bring home the Best in Class, Best in Paint and coveted Best of Show awards.
On to next year
After another successful Trans Sport Show, we can expect that the premiere Philippine aftermarket car show will be back to ring in a 3rd decade of bringing the most modified and most tricked out rides for car enthusiasts of all ages.