Starting November 12, the SMX Convention Center will be the grounds for the 9th Manila Auto Salon. The aftermarket show is an industry showcase of customized sedans, sports cars, sport utility vehicles, pick ups and trucks. The show also gives visitors a chance to buy and upgrade their cars with products from a large variety of exhibitors during the four day event.
For 2015, the show featured over 150 custom cars, sport trucks, SUVs and tuner cars vying for the Best of Show awards. These awards include Best Custom Car, Best Sport Utility Vehicle, Best Sport Truck, Best Tuner Car and Best in Extreme Custom. This year's Manila Auto Salon sees the 4x4 or Off Road scene as the major players this year, taking up 60% of the competition entries.
Project vehicles in the car category to watch out for are the latest creations of Car Porn Racing, who bagged the Best Extreme Custom award last year. “Our display this year will be the best so far and we are extremely excited”, says Kim Garcia. The Car Porn Racing Pavilion will include collaborative works with Emperor Motorsports, winning both the Best of Show Tuner and Best of Show Custom Car awards last year. Also seen in the Car Porn Racing Pavillion are cars from multiple Trans Sport Show winner, Alex Car Restoration.
Also joining this year's Manila Auto Salon are Atoy Bodykits, Starbright Body Kits, Auto Circuit, Concept One, Alfred Motorworks, Asian Coatings/Autogenix Carworx (who won last year’s Best in Paint in this category), Wipeout Autocraft, Staunch Performance, MK2 Trading, Split Second Autoshop, Autoline Motorsports, Speedlab, FSR Autoworks, Honda City Car Club, Carbonzone, Red Octagon, Autobots, Adrenaline Motorsports, Auto Junction, Dubshop, Growl Audio and Karpartzzz69. First time participants include Gotspeed, Marcars Trading, Kurin Auto SPA, J1 Autoshoppe, Powerhouse Motorsports , Kristoffer John Apostol and Rommie Medalla.
In the 4x4 scene, Veteran sport truck entrant 199-Off Road House, who garnered the Best of Show Sport Truck last year, will be defending their title for 2015. Joining 199 Off Road House are Dobinson’s 4x4 (who won the Best of Show SUV and Best in Paint last year) and Ironman 4x4 Philippines. Other players are Top 4x4, D’ Outdoor (Gears), Dr. G’s Car Clinic, Terry Larrazabal, Versa Vantage and Hitchpro.
Judges for the 2015 Manila Auto Salon are Pepon Marave, George Apacible, Charlie Cruz, Nilo Escalona, John Escobar , Beeboy Bargas, Bernie Bayani and Alex Claudio.