From May 15 to 17, the World Trade Center was home to the 24th running of the Trans Sport Show. The show featured cars of different makes and modifications from old school icons to current models sporting the latest trends.
The show, which debuted in 1992 and organized by Tradeshow International, Inc. is the oldest running motor show in the Philippines and probably also the longest-running car competition of its kind in Asia.
This year's TSS also kicked off the 15th anniversary of Autoindustriya.com and celebrating that was a booth that featured 7 cars which were a mix of old and new. Among the new cars featured were a Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, Lexus NX, Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, and a Subaru Legacy Wagon. The classics included a Nissan 240Z, Mitsubishi Galant wagon, and an ex-rally Toyota Celica GT-Four.
Classics from the west had a show of force in this year's TSS. American muscle was represented by the Detroit Big three. Seen this year are two representatives from Mopar with a 1971 Dodge Charger Super Bee and a 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T. Representing the blue oval banner were a pair of Ford Mustangs and a Chevrolet Camaro waved the flag for the bowtie brigade.
The European classics were well represented too. A rare BMW E24 M6 was paired beside a Rolls Royce Silver Shadow. The show also had a host of classic VW's which included Beetles and a Kombi. One highlight among the classic VW's was a Karmann Ghia Type 34. These special Karmann Ghias were rare from the beginning and less than two thousand cars survive, making this year's Trans Sport Show a venue to see such a rare car in the metal.
There were also a host of classic Japanese cars in the show. Apart from the iconic Nissan 240Z and second-generation Mitsubishi Galant wagon seen in Autoindustriya's booth, an hommage to the Safari Rally and Southern Cross Rally winning Mitsubishi Lancer was displayed alongside a rare nowadays Toyota Corona Liftback. Beside the Corona was an E20 Corolla coupe, affectionately known as the mango. It sported era-correct cues such as fender-mounted mirrors and classic Tosco wheels.
Moving on to modern and contemporary cars, Speedlab showed its lineup of supercharged cars. The tuning shop bolted on superchargers on Vioses, Jazzes, and even a Brio. Deeper Works also showcased their air suspension for this year with their Honda Civic demo car, much to the amusement of the visitors. Emperor brought out a pair of Nissan R35 GT-R's both sporting special kits with one on a Liberty Walk kit and the other, on a Varis kit.
The Trans Sport Show has been showing local enthusiasts the latest happenings and trends for the past 23 years. It has been the link between the past and the present with cars appealing to the old school and the next generation of car enthusiasts. With participant numbers being higher than last year, it would appear that the Trans Sport Show will be around for a very long time.
Partners and participants for the 24th Trans Sport Show are A+Bodyworks, Adrenaline Motorsports, Alex Car Restoration, Alfred Motorworks, Asian Coatings, Autogenix Carworx, Atoy Customs, Aurelio Concepts, Inc., Autoline Motorsportszentrium, BNZ 888 Autohaus, Inc., Emperor Motorsports, Michel Motorsport, New Version Autoshop, FSR Auto Works, Deeper Works, Project Arrow 4x4 Outfitters, Red Octagon, Revline, Route 66, Speedlab, Starbright Bodykits, Staunch Performance, Ultra Racing, Wheel Gallery, Dubshop, Eurodecals, Eurovision, LA Accessories, PPC Asia, First Rubber, Halden Galway, Michel Motorsport, Simex (Meguiars), Perfect Circle, Lee Motors, NGK Spark Plugs, Philippe Gadgets, Pioneer (Zamony Ventures), CDR King, Rain Enterprises, Solar Gard Philippines, Remixx, Top Gear Philippines, C! Magazine, and Autoindustriya.com.