The Trans Sport Show is the longest aftermarket auto show in the county, not to mention one of the biggest. It is no surprise then that we get to see new, fresh builds from some of the country's finest builders on display at the show each year. This year marks the 28th edition of the TSS and, much like the previous shows, showgoers will be treated to the best that exhibitors have to offer. Interestingly, the cars on display this year did not follow any single trend, with each one having their own style of modification.
Starting with our very own AutoIndustriya.com booth, we have on display a car that would often be seen in Japanese drift videos – a JZX100 Toyota Chaser. Even during the show's opening day, the car attracted quite a lot of attention from spectators and fans. In fact, a lot of people were curious as to what car it was considering it featured a unique badge rather than the Toyota logo. While it may seem like a practical four-door car to unsuspecting viewer, to those who know, it is actually a tuned drift car ready to shed tires on the weekends.
At the center of the show was the Import Hookup booth featuring five exotic vehicles. The one that literally stood out among the rest is the orange Mercedes-Benz G500 4x42 which towered over all the other vehicles at the show. Right beside the big SUV is a silver Dodge Challenger fitted with a Liberty Walk kit and wide DPE wheels to match. Behind the American muscle is a green Mini Cooper JCW built for the track, complete with a roll cage and Recaro seats together with a BMW M3 in Yas Marina Blue. The center of their display is a Ferrari 488 equipped with a Misha Designs kit and Brixton Forged wheels. Fun fact, despite being a somewhat brand new Ferrari, this car received a fresh coat of paint just before the show.
If we're talking exotics and supercars, R33 Cars had a handful on display. Looking for a McLaren, Ferrari, or a Lamborghini? R33 Cars have at least two of each on the show. However, the cars that really stand out from their lineup are the two McLarens. Starting with the orange McLaren 570S, it featured a Vorsteiner kit giving it a big wing and dropped on a set of aftermarket wheels. Meanwhile, the gray 675LT is possibly one of only two units in the country. Rounding up the exotics of the show is Jworks Unlimited with a bagged Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG.
An auto show in the Philippines is not complete without any Hondas, This year saw a handful of EK Civics on display from factory-fresh restorations to the most heavily modified one. The one that really grabbed our attention was a beige Civic which was rebadged and converted into an Isuzu Gemini. But the best looking Civic at the show would probably have to be the black EF9 hatchback with a newer K-series engine swapped into it.
Looking for trucks? Autobot Autoworks came with a full lineup consisting only of pickup trucks. In fact, it was Autobots' only had one specific model on display, the Ford Ranger Raptor. While the black ones were modified in a similar way (steel bumpers, new wheels and off-road tires), the two blue units had unique touches on their own.
Turn back the clock and there are two icons of the '80s at the show – a Toyota AE86 Levin and a Mitsubishi Lancer EX Turbo. While the Boxtype was a faithful restoration of the Japanese Lancer EX Turbo, the Levin was built to perform, featuring a built 4AGE, Techno Toy Tuning suspension bits, and the first Impulse kit in the country.
Dubshop Pro revealed a new brand of wheels called Raffa which were on fitted on a Ford Mustang, Nissan GTR and a Honda Civic Type R. Speaking of brands, PartsPro Racing had a line up of three Porsche 911 GT3s from different generations.
Walk around and you'll bump into other clean builds like the brand new looking '69 Ford Escort and the race-prepped Mini Cooper parked right beside an original Alpina Z8. There's also an interesting Volkswagen Bus with a hybrid powertrain and a classic Beetle. But if we're talking clean, check out the resto-modded Ford Mustang at Alex Restoration's booth.
While we saw no specific trends this year, each car did had something different about them, making them distinct on their own. But then again, maybe we may have missed trend? Perhaps if you drop by yourself, you might actually see something there. The 2019 Trans Sport Show is still on-going until this Sunday, May 26. See you there!