What separates a car lover from a car enthusiast? “Passion with knowledge will always set them apart” says Sophie delos Santos, President of Tradeshow International and organizer of the oldest running car show in the country, the TRANS SPORT SHOW. “We have been staging this annual event since 1992 purposely to serve as a gathering of finely-restored show cars for competition . And because the show has become a breeding ground for car enthusiasts, we feel responsible for keeping their passion alive and setting the proper direction as far as car appreciation and knowledge is concerned”, delos Santos said. Come April 18-22, the 21st Trans Sport Show will happen at the SM Megamall’s Megatrade Halls and is being presented for the second time by Phoenix Petroleum Philippines, Inc.
Keeping true to Trans Sport Show’s tagline as the “Car Show for Enthusiasts by Enthusiasts”, Tradeshow International, Inc. maintains a high standard when accepting cars for show and competition which will go under scrutiny by a panel of seasoned car enthusiast judges. “We do reserve very limited slots new players in the field to help fuel up enthusiasm but we select only those who we feel have the passion to begin with or car hobbyists with strong potential to develop into true car enthusiasts. Also, after 20 years, this is the time to usher in the next generation of Trans Sport Show fans”, enthuses delos Santos. There will be over 15 categories open in the 21st Phoenix Trans Sport Show Cup with two major awards which are the Best of Show Nostalgic (for vintage and classic cars) and Best of Show Contemporary (for newer cars). This year’s panel of judges is headed by veteran judge Osamu Hasegawa together with Eddie Salonga, Boyer Kalugdan, John Escobar, Nilo Escalona, Pepon Marave and George Apacible. Awarding will be on April 21 at 6PM.
Part of Trans Sport Show’s tradition is to educate the public on automotive history hence, a special highlight will be the “50th Anniversary of the MGB” display in cooperation with the Manila Sports Car Club and the MG Club. Fifty years ago, in 1962, MG introduced the sports car, which increased its fame in the 60s and 70s. It remained in production until 1980. Accurately described as the most popular sports car, there were more than 500,000 MGBs made from 1962 to 1980. The display will feature restored MGBs including a GT and a roadster.
Other event highlights include a talk about “Collecting Vintage Cars” on April 21, Saturday at 4PM by members of the Manila Sports Car Club, Porsche Club and the Vintage Car Club. Get valuable insights on how to get started in the hobby, maintaining and enjoying it. The Search for the 2012 Miss Trans Sport Show is open to all the pretty booth attendants in the show and will surely be a must –shoot activity for the photographers. There will also be exhibitor related activities namely the AUTOINDUSTRIYA.COM GT 5 CHALLENGE with qualifying rounds from April 18–21 and awarding on April 22. DKT Philippines will have the PREMIERE MAX BLACK JACK & PREMIERE VIXENS SEARCH MODELS . Online voting activities from April 19-21 include Most Popular Online Babe via topgear.com.ph, Best Car Display via tsikot.com and Best Booth Display via kotse.com. For Facebook users, you mayupload your most creative picture taken at this year’s event in Trans Sport Show’s official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/TRANS-SPORT-SHOW.