Over 120 cars from different automotive eras are expected to wow visitors during the Grand 3-Ring Motoring Event from May 26 to 29.
When the doors of the SMX Convention Center at the SM Mall of Asia opens for the car show on May 26, it marks the celebration of the Philippine car industry's longest running auto show--the Trans Sport Show.
It's no secret that the Trans Sport Show has been through ups and downs, depending on how the economy is affecting the auto industry. It has, however, also played a vital role in developing the Filipinos' love for cars.
"(The Trans Sport Show) has become the most important place where car enthusiasts are born and its resilience over the years makes it iconic," said Sophie delos Santos, president of TradeShow International (TSI). TSI is the organizer of the Trans Sport Show.
As part of its commemoration of the Trans Sport Show's 20th edition, TSI is also holding the 1st Philippine Nostalgic Motor Show to feature noteworthy automobiles that were manufactured up to 1989.
"Pinoys hold on to their cars for so many years--some even at least 10 years. There's family heritage there. With the Nostalgic Show, we want to promote this heritage and we want to encourage that," delos Santos said.
This year's car show is even going beyond just nostalgia as the Grand 3-Ring Car Motor Event will also be home to the 4th Manila Sports Car Club Concours d'Elegance to feature preserved and restored cars that were manufactured before December 31, 1976. As the most prestigious vintage car competition in the Philippines, the Concours is limited to 30 cars and they will be judged by experts from Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan.
"There are no local judges because we want to bring world-class standards to the Philippines," said Andres Sta. Maria, Manila Sports Car Club head.
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