After an intense 75 hours and 12 minutes, Singaporean contestant Analiza Mokhtar emerged victorious at the 2018 Subaru Car Challenge – known locally in the Philippines as the Subaru Palm Challenge.
Hosted by the Motor Image Group, this year’s challenge is the 17th edition of the competition held once again at the Ngee Ann City Plaza in Singapore. Much like the previous competitions, participants must hold on to the car for the longest time. For this year’s event however, an online game was introduced, giving contestants a chance to get an additional 5-min break during the 6-hour break.
As for Mokhtar, she is the second woman to win the Subaru Car Challenge again since the last female contestant won 12 years ago. She walks away with the keys to a brand new 2018 Subaru XV 2.0 IS with Eyesight together with other cash prizes won during the group event stages.
For those wondering, the car does not come with a 10-year certificate of entitlement (COE) valued at around SGD 80,000 (Php 3,120,000). Motor Image did offer the COE free together with the car, but the winner must must beat the current record of 82 hours.
This isn’t the first time that Analiza entered the event however, she has been consistently competing in the Subaru Car Challenge for over 12 years already. In fact, she seemed to be the crowd favorite as she previously secured a 2ndplace finish during the 2016 challenge.
Thai competitor Phraitoon Sanguannam was the last person letting go, just a few minutes before Mokhtar. Together with the Thailand team, they secured the longest combined standing time and winning SGD 10,000 which will be split evenly.
As for the Philippine contingent, Filmark Bernante was the last remaining Filipino to hold on. Bernante managed to hold on for 57 hours and 51 minutes, and walks away with SGD 1,000 being the last standing representative of the Philippines. The rest of the Filipino team, which was comprised of both first timers and ‘alumni’ as they call it, managed to fair better than their ASEAN rivals. However, as fatigue set in, they unfortunately had to 'let go'.
If you think holding on to a car for 3-days straight is easy, why not start preparing for the next year’s event? Who knows, you could be the first-ever Filipino winner of the Subaru Palm Challenge.