The month of April has a few traditions - income tax filing, summer, Araw ng Kagitingan. But since the early 1990's, there has been a tradition that commences every middle to late April - the Trans Sport Show.
An annual event held at SM Megamall's Megatrade Halls, the five-to-seven day event features a healthy mix of classic, contemporary, decked out and immaculately maintained automobiles, ranging from vintage cars of the 50s and 60s to spectacular creations seen primarily on the "Rides" and "Monster Garage" shows of the Discovery Channel.
Event co-presenter Caltex, took the opportunity to introduce to the public its new Havoline Energy Synthetic engine oil. An improved formulation of its already popular Havoline Energy oil.
This year's show featured the best of what man can do to a four-wheeled car. Take note that the previous sentence mentioned the word "car", not "automobile". That is because most of the vehicles present at the 2005 Trans Show were cars, with a handful of sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and pickups to boot. Also, with unconfirmed rumors that the previous Trans Sport Shows were showing too much variety, organizers of this year's event decided to focus on the celebrate the Filipino's love affair with the car, highlighting personalities who express unique relationships with their most prized possession.
Worth viewing during the duration of the show (held on April 20-24, 2005) were (hold your breath): A 1965 "Rangoon Red" Ford Mustang convertible, restored by Alex Car Restoration and owner Felix Cha, which bagged the "Best of Show", "Best Vintage Convertible" and "Best in Paint" awards; A rare 1971 BMW 3.0 CSI, restored by Route 66 and was awarded the "Reserve Best of Show" category and the "Best European Classic"; Japanese sports cars from the 70's to the 80's which included Datsun Fairlady Z's, a Toyota Celica, a Toyota Sprinter, and a Mitsubishi Lancer L-Type among others; car audio mania was in the air as Sony Xplod was relaunched to the market. One noteable entry was A+ Audio's rolling audio showroom Honda Jazz, which was given the title of "Best Extreme Mobile Sound Installer"; and the never-ending presence of bodykits care of A-Toy Bodykits and Starbright Bodykits.
Also pleasing to the eye in terms of automobile aesthetic value were Alexander Wongchuking's 1967 Mercedes Benz 300 Adenauer (because of its near-likeness to the Adenauer limousine in the "Mercedes Benz and Me" TV commercials), muscle car collector Tony Feliciano's 1967 Corvette Stingray, the 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air convertible of Vidal Ledda and the Manila Sports Club's 1965 Lola T-70 Mark Three Cam-Am. Powered by a rear-placed Chevrolet HO V-8 engine and mated to a Renault T30 five-speed transmission, the Lola T-70 was a formidable entrant in the Canadian-American (Cam-Am) Challenge Cup heydays of the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Because it is an undeniable fact in the aftermarket auto industry that sex in cars, er, sex AND cars go hand in hand, there were several ladies working at the event, all clad in outfits sure to arouse the prurient interests of the different homosapiens present. In fact, one lady by the name of Gerely Joyce de Guzman stood out among all the rest by winning the "Miss Trans Sport Show 2005". She took the said honors while representing fuel additive distributor Hydro Octane Booster.
Other news of note at the event were the presence of Mandaluyong Mayor Benhur Abalos, along with open wheel racers Pepon Marave and Tyson Sy as guests of honor at the ribbon cutting ceremonies. Also, Mitsubishi Motors displayed a set-up version of its 2005 Montero Sport SUV, along with a 2005 Grandis. Not to be outdone, Isuzu Philippines and Kia Motors also provided small but eye-catching displays of their Isuzu D-Max and Kia Sorrento commercial vehicles, respectively.
Now in its fourteenth year, the annual Trans Sport Show has always kept its promise of giving a very good and exciting car show by giving the right combination of show features, along with car competitions which are what any car enthusiast would like to see.