This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Trans Sport Show. And as the longest-running auto show in the country, the event has been the venue for the latest in the local aftermarket scene throughout the years.
With the show’s theme geared towards “making your car experience a story to tell from generation to generation”, this year's event featured cars from the past, present, and even a glimpse of the near future.
Now that Tradeshow International opened its doors at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, here are the cars that caught our eyes when we visited the 2022 Trans Sport Show, presented by Motul distributor Infiniteserv International Corp.
As always, the main staple of the Trans Sport Show was the Japanese performance cars. Autoplus brought an all-motor Toyota 86 that's finished off with an MF Ghost-inspired livery. Also, there were a couple of customized Nissans in the form of the GT-R wearing wide-body kits, plus a kouki S14 Silvia.
In addition, there were also a pair of VA-chassis Subaru WRX STI where one was wearing a Varis kit, while a rare Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX also graced the show's grounds. Of course, the show won't be complete without seeing different builds of the ever-popular Honda Civic, ranging from the EF chassis, right down to the FK RS Turbo.
Those who drool over multi-million dollar cars will have a great time at the Trans Sport Show. Of particular note are the bunch of supercars brought in by Emperor Motorsports. They showed a trio of Lamborghini Aventador SVJs, a Mansory-kitted Ferrari 812 Superfast, and tops it off with an 800-horsepower Mercedes-AMG G63-based Brabus 800.
Over at the Ionix booth were two mid-engined supercars, namely, a blue Ferrari 488 Spider with Pista decals and a papaya orange McLaren 720S. Lastly, the Trans Sport Show's main sponsor Motul also brought in a Ferrari 488 to complete their all-white show cars.
Overlanding enthusiasts may have caught some fresh ideas with the variety of 4x4 vehicles in the Trans Sport Show. Visitors were immediately welcomed by a Suzuki Jimny with a G-wagon front end, and once you step inside, Jaos was there to show off their Battle Z suspension, which is applicable to numerous four-wheel-drive vehicles.
Round the back, TSS regulars Autobot Offroad painted the show's grounds red by bringing in a Ford Ranger Raptors, a Toyota Hilux, and a Jeep Gladiator.
It’s no secret that we’re heading towards electric mobility. And with that said, the 2022 Trans Sport Show also saw Nissan showing off their e-Power technology with the Kicks crossover.
Not only that, some retro cars like the Volkswagen Beetle and the Triumph Spitfire were fitted with electric motors courtesy of Electricars.
Restored classic cars
Vintage cars and old-school car enthusiasts have turned back the clock with the variety of classic cars in the event. Notably, there were examples of the 70s Toyota Sprinter that were fitted with the 4AGE's grandfather, the 2T-G, and there was also a Corolla from the brand's Toyopet era.
On the other side, there was a booth that had a combination of German and American classic cars. If you're familiar with "Eleanor", the Shelby GT500 was there, albeit in "Super Snake" inspired form and finished in a different color scheme. There was also a Chevrolet Corvette Stingray in its iconic blue paint, and a pair of 60s-era coupe "Chedengs", in other words, the Mercedes-Benz SL.
Some precautionary measures may have made the 2022 Motul Trans Sport Show have lesser cars compared to its previous editions. But what's most important is that there were still a variety of cars that definitely had different stories to tell to people of all ages.
Hope to see you there this weekend! The event runs until May 29, and ticket prices are PHP 200 each for adults,