Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Brent Co, Mike Sabarre | posted May 20, 2016 18:43
25th Trans Sport Show highlights the very best of old and new cars
Powerhouses from the US, Europe and Japan converged at the 25th Trans Sport Show. From vintage models of yesteryear, to highly modified modern classics, the 2016 Trans Sport Show offered something for everyone.
Symbolizing Porsche's sports car roots is a 1956 356A 1600 Super 90. Meanwhile, 911 tuner Rauh-Welt Begriff (RWB) presented the customized 1994 Porsche 911 C2 called Nena. Like all previous RWBs, it was painstakingly handcrafted by Akira Nakai-san himself. Another one-off that showed its stuff is a Mini Cooper with a Liberty Walk bodykit.
Parked at the AutoIndustriya booth were some of the very best from Germany and Great Britain. Finished in dark blue is a BMW M3 E92 that packs a powerful V8, lowered ride height and uprated brakes as such. Representing the British summer is an old-school Mini Convertible which features a folding roof and British Racing Green paint finish.
The tuner scene, on the other hand, was mostly dominated by the Japanese. Staunch Performance brandished their line of souped-up Subaru WRX STIs and Mitsubishi Lancer Evos. Elite Motorsports also arrived with their own fleet of customized Subarus. Beyond that, they also presented their bespoke Fairlady 370Zs.
Also worth noting is a unique Mitsubishi Lancer GSR with the underpinnings and powertrain of a Lancer Evolution V. According to the owner, the GSR project took three years to build and features a boosted engine, full roll cage, Brembo brakes and aftermarket wheels. Compared to the original four-door, the owner claimed that the GSR Evolution handles better thanks to the shorter wheelbase.
When it came to Japanese classics, the 1978 Nissan Fairlady 280Z, 1972 Toyota Corolla Sprinter and late 1980s Honda CRX provided a throwback to the cars of yesteryear.
On the other hand, European classics that spiced things up include a 1965 MG B Convertible, 1956 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL, 1974 Volkswagen Buggy, Opel Kadett C GT/E and a Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow.
Not to be left out, American muscle showed off their big block V8s. Representing Ford are several examples of the Mustang. Among those is a 1967 Shelby Mustang GT 500 and a pristine Mustang GT from the same year. But perhaps the pinnacle of American muscle scene during the show were a pair of Shelby Cobras.
Tricked-out 4x4s rounded up the aftermarket exhibit. Truck wheel specialist Black Rhino, along with Front Runner Philippines presented a lineup of off-roaders that combined style and usability. Completely modified trucks, on the other hand, came courtesy of 4x4 outfits like Dr. G, 199 Off-Road House and Atoy Customs.
While the show was about everything metal on four wheels, there were fairer faces beside some of the cars that attracted attention as well. One cannot deny the man's affinity for wheels and women.