The 17th Trans Sport Show recently opened its doors to the public from April 16-20 at the Megatrade Hall in SM Megamall for five days of showcasing some of the best of Filipino workmanship in auto restoration and modification. Seventy-seven cars; new and old, lined up the halls to compete and vie for their respective awards. Some of the better ones would compete for the coveted Best of Show award.

This year's main display was provided by the Timog Auto Gallery (TAG) which displayed a Dodge RAM SRT, Mini Cooper S Convertible, and an Infiniti G37 coupe. Nice cars, but not to overshadow the competition cars in the show. Retro was the trend of the show as some of the cars from the 70s and 80s were brought back to life in the form of a Ford Mexico, Toyota Corolla Levin SR, Ford Escort RS2000, Mitsubishi Lancer box-type Rally Car and many others. American muscle and more were seen in the 1967 Ford Mustang meticulously restored and customized into the "Super Snake", a 1968 Dodge Camaro RS, Chevy Bel Air, and a Buick model Eight. One very notable car was the 1973 Volkswagen Beetle 1300S stretched into a limo of renowned sculptor Ramon Orlina.

On the modern aftermarket side, the Aftermarket Mafia led the pack with its wide selection of vehicles. Autoline/PR Autosport/118 Designs came with their aptly styled street driven boom boxes with innovative mobile entertainment setups. Speedlab came with its turbocharged compacts in the form of a Mazda 3 and a Toyota Corolla Altis. JDM galore was seen in some of the EK Civics in three and four door variants and the orange Nissan Silvia with an S15 front end conversion.

Aftermarket products galore were on display in the booths that lined the walls of the exhibition halls. They had almost everything from air fresheners to Du Pont paint. Not to be forgotten of course, are the pretty faces that lined the halls, as men of all ages ogled and cameras big and small clicked away as well.

All in all, this year's Trans Sport Show was a success as multitudes of visitors came to see one of the most visited and longest running auto show in the country. The show carries on its heritage as being the show run by enthusiasts; we can only but expect the same or even better in shows to come. Onward to 2009 and beyond!