Marcus De Guzman / Brent Co, Mike Sabarre | April 22, 2017 16:20
26th Trans Sport Show: Old classics and high-tech four wheelers under one roof
The 26th Trans Sport Show saw once again customised tuners, restored classics and highly sought after exotics meet under one roof.
Greeting you immediately at the show floor are some of the very best from Europe. One of the rarest exoticas that was able to grace this year’s Trans Sport Show was the De Tomaso Pantera. For those not in the know, the Pantera is an Italian sports car designed by Ghia and is powered by a Ford Cleveland V8.
Right behind it is the revered Jaguar E-Type that is famous for its curvaceous shape and 4.2-liter inline-six.
Representing the modern age of sports cars are the Porsche 911 Targa 991 and the Aston Martin V12 Vantage. The former highlights open-top motoring while the latter shows the capability of a V12 in a relatively small package.
With the increasing number of supercars roaming our streets comes the need for indivuality and personalization. Hence the customized McLaren 570S, Bentley Continental GT and Lamborghini Gallardo by J-Works on the show floor.
A rally legend, an Autobahn stormer and a very capable 4x4 were parked at the AutoIndustriya booth. Finished in matte gray is a Mitsubishi Evolution VII. It gets a carbon fiber hood and trunk along with a roll cage, racing harness and a souped up powertrain. Next is the typ 993 Porsche 911 Targa, now considered a classic . Almost everything on the flat-six-powered coupe is factory stock apart from the lowered ride height and BBS alloys.
At the far end of the booth is an off-road ready Toyota FJ Cruiser finished in brown. Some of the modifications done on the boxy 4x4 include a front and rear steel bumper conversion with roof rack from ARB, Rota Grid alloy wheels wrapped in Bridgestone Dueller M/T tires, engine snorkel from Safari, PIAA auxiliary lights and an uprated suspension system.
Renowned Japanese tuner Spoon was also present during the annual car show. Beside having ‘spooned-up’ versions of the Civic FD, S2000 and Civic EK9 displayed at their booth, Mr. Tatsuru Ichisima, the founder of Spoon, was also present at this year’s Trans Sport Show.
Aside from Spoon, there are also other modified tuners that populated the 2017 Trans Sport Show. The sole representative of rotary power is a highly-specced Mazda RX-7 RE-Super G from Elite Project Motorsports. Staunch Performance, on the other hand, arrived with their suite of Subaru WRX STIs that feature wicked exteriors coupled to high-revving turbocharged Boxer engines.
Apart from the modern cars of today, classic examples from yesteryear also populated the auto show. Some of the vintage classics include the Toyota Starlet, Mitsubishi Lancer Box Type and Celeste and the Mini Traveller. American muscle was well represented too and were comprised of restomodded Shelby / Ford Mustangs from the 1960s, as well as boosted first-gen Chevy Camaros.
There are not as many SUVs and off-roaders this year, but AutoBot and Black Rhino still showed up with an arsenal of tricked-out 4x4s. From the humble Jimny, all the way to the go-anywhere Wrangler, all were decked out and ready to go off the beaten path.
Always complementing the elegant automobiles are the equally beautiful models. Both go hand-in-hand, providing the complete experience that is the 2017 Trans Sport Show