Text: Vince Pornelos / Photos: Brent Co, Mike Sabarre | posted November 15, 2013 23:52
Custom car and sport truck central
The definitive custom car and truck show of the year, the 2013 Manila Auto Salon (MAS) has once again opened its doors at the SMX Convention Center last November 14, bringing together an extensive collection of highly customized Japanese, American, European vehicles.
Now on its 5th year and second year to be held simultaneously with the 2013 Defense and Sporting Arms Show (DSAS), the Manila Auto Salon features the latest automobiles, trucks and SUVs, all of which have been modified as they should be.
The 86 and BRZ fiesta
Of particular note is the presence of numerous Toyota 86's and Subaru BRZ's, all of which have various stages of modification, including custom turbocharged examples. Making its presence felt is the Rocket Bunny 86, the Motul-Autoplus Subaru BRZ, 86 trio from Autoline and even the Toyota TRD 86 Pace Car that will be used for the Vios Cup. All in all, there were 13 of the Toyota/Subaru coupes at the show.
Car Porn Racing was keen to highlight the presence of four Porsche 911s (930, 964, 993) at their booth, all modified with the widebody RAUH-Welt Begriff (RWB) kits designed, crafted and personally installed by Akira Nakai. The display of RWB serves as a punctuation mark to the 50 years of 911 that was celebrated at the Trans Sport Show. Nakai-san was also at the show during opening day to sign autographs and have his photo taken with fans.
One notable aspect of this year's Manila Auto Salon are the numerous examples of off-road specific SUVs and trucks ranging from Land Cruisers, Montero Sports, Ford Rangers, and Jeeps. Off road pioneers 199 Off Road House and Ride showed some of their latest work, while competitors like Jeff's Off-Road Shop from as far as Baguio City in the North, Trix Off-Road from as far South as Cagayan de Oro, and NAT'S Performance of Davao. Of note is the huge, ultra custom trucks of 199 Off Road House, particularly the 'Crimson Typhoon' Toyota Hilux.
Last chance to catch the show
If you haven't visited the Manila Auto Salon yet, troop on over to the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. The 2013 Manila Auto Salon will run until November 17, 2013.
See you there!