For 5 days the SM Megamall Megatrade Hall once again became the hub of car enthusiasts from all over the Metro and beyond, as Trade Show International held the annual Trans Sport Show.
Back to Megatrade
In 2011, the 20th TSS changed their regular venue by moving to the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City to commemorate the occasion. This year, event organizers shifted back to the strategic location of the SM Megatrade Hall. Albeit a smaller venue compared to SMX, the 21st TSS attracted 35,000 visitors and well over 80 cars on display.
Something for everyone
The event showcased the best of the country's automotive aftermarket, with custom rides, trucks, fully restored classics and vintage cars as well as highly tuned performance machines. Apart from the show cars, attendees can visit any of the booths that typically have accessories, parts and other items on sale at discounted prices.
Collecting Vintage Cars
Members of the Manila Sports Car Club and the Vintage Car Club gave a talk on the particulars of collecting classic and vintage cars. Andy Sta. Maria was the lead speaker, giving his personal insights on the experience of collecting some of the rarest and most sought after classics in history such as the Lancia Stratos and the Ferrari Dino.
AutoIndustriya.com also held their 2nd ever Gran Turismo 5 challenge at the 21st TSS, with 5 days of qualifying rounds and a final shootout, giving show patrons a taste of virtual speed. At the end of the 5 day event, Terence Lallave successfully defended his title as champion after besting 15 other finalists.
Go custom, go tuned
Being primarily an automotive aftermarket show meant full participation from Manila's best tuners. Atoy Llave of Atoy Bodykits and Customs was out in full force, showcasing not just modified rides, but business ideas as well with custom mobile food kiosks. Carlsson, brought in by Sam Liusion of Concept One, was also out in force with a pair of customized Mercedes-Benz's. Speedlab showcased their tuning capabilities with a tuned Lancer and other cars.
Nearly every booth was adorned with a group of models, giving the predominantly male crowd plenty more to look at than just machines on four or more wheels.
Best of show awards
Event organizers gave plenty of categories to compete in from best in paint, best in a particular class of car as well as best of show. Best of Show (Contemporary) went to the Porsche Boxster S of Brix Torres which, incidentally, also took the Best in Paint award. Reserve Best of Show (Contemporary) was given to Aster Torres and his Porsche 911 (996) Turbo S.
In the Nostalgic division, Best of Show went to Tyson Sy and Trackstar for their 40-Series Toyota Land Cruiser. Reserve Best of Show (Nostalgic) went to Edwin Gallardo and 4KAS Audio for their 1963 MINI Cooper which also took the Meguiar's Car Crazy Award.
In the Best in Bodykit category, it was Atoy Llave of A-Toy Bodykits that took the top honors.
Kicking off a third decade
With the conclusion of the 21st Trans Sport Show, Trade Show International begins their 3rd decade of holding the TSS, inspiring generations of car enthusiasts from all over the Metro and beyond.