Photos by THE aSTIG, Errol Panganiban, and Philip Aragones
Previously, we’ve gone through Part 1 of our coverage of the 2013 Manila International Auto Show. As we move on to Part 2, I’ll kick it off with some of the classic or old school cars in the show. The trio above is an interesting mix of German, British, and Japanese nationalities. But they all joined together and gathered under one roof to celebrate what custom cars are all about, and how the modern cars of today evolved from these legends…
Just when you thought that the E30 BMW was a small car, it’s interesting to see just how diminutive the classic Mini is compared to it.
Small but terrible (in a good way), this is probably the car that started the “Light is Might” philisophy when it comes to tuning cars…
…that Power-to-Weight is what matters. Not just all out brute force. But they say the Mini is, in some ways, the British equivalent of…
Germany’s Volkswagen Beetle.
Designed to sustain high speeds on the Autobahn, this car has had become one of the most influential cars of the 20th century, spawning several variants, all the way to the…
…VW Bus – one of the forerunners of the modern cargo and passenger vans. It’s no wonder a lot of people restore or customize these classic VW’s even until today! Though these cars are literally “People’s Cars”, as directly translated from the word Volkswagen, it’s amazing how the Germans also set the trend for some of the most upscale cars the world has to offer, such as…
…the Mercedes W123. The VIP-style trend of today probably would be non-existent if it weren’t for this.
Not just VIP-style, but of course, the luxury sports sedan trend of today, thanks to the MB 190E. These cars became popular not just in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft (DTM), but in other forms of motorsports as well, such as drifting! Check out this 190E competition drift car by Atoy Customs. If not for the 190E, I don’t think the EVOs and Subarus of today would be considered cool.
But hey, even before there were EVOs, the Japanese had already made the sedan look cool. One of the prime movers of this genre being the Mitsubishi Lancer “Boxtype”.
Whether it be track…
…or rally, these cars remain popular today, utilizing the “power-to-weight ratio” philosophy with 4G63T engine swaps and all.
But for some purists, a sedan just won’t cut it. That’s why there are coupes.
The modified versions of which, gave rise to the popular Kanjo Racer part of JDM car culture…
…with lowered bodies, wide wheels, and flared fenders, the hellaflush culture of today probably evolved from this sort of thing.
But if there’s one thing that will always remain, no matter how much car cultures would evolve, it’s the car guys’ common appreciation for restored or preserved classics. Take a look at this Silver Edition Toyota Corona… Who says you need a lowered and widened car with stretched rubberband tires to stand out?
Now if there’s one country who chose to have their own car culture, and was the least influenced by other countries, it was probably the USA. As Americans have always been fans of big and burly muscle cars and cruisers.
Even if they did want to ride low and slammed, they did it with their own versions of Shakotan cars – Lowriders.
Nothing like a pair of classic Ford…
…Mustangs. These are cars I would definitely make space for in my garage.
I remember playing GT2 on Playstation, this Corvette was probably one of the fastest cars in a straight line. Driving this was like using a gun. Point and shoot!
But I guess at some point, the Americans learned about the “Power-to-Weight” philosophy, and came up with the AC Cobra. This car was so fast, it was called a “Widowmaker”.
I wonder why the British version of a car that embodies the “Light is Might” philosophy – the Lotus Seven, didn’t receive the same “Widowmaker” monicker…
…nor the later renditions…
…of Caterhams or replica Locosts.
Anyways, again I’m out of time for today so I’ll end it at that. Stay tuned for Part 3, only here at Custom Pinoy Rides. If you missed our previous feature articles about MIAS 2013, check it out here – Custom Pinoy Rides Coverage of the 2013 Manila International Auto Show.
Meanwhile, here are the results of the competition:
OVERALL WINNER: “BEST OF SHOW” – Mazda RX7 by JSK
Special Award “Russ Swift Choice Award” – 1966 Ford Mustang GT350 BY Ian Sosa
“BEST IN PAINT” Mitsubishi Lancer SL and Mazda RX7 (RUNNER UP)
“BEST INTERIOR DISPLAY” Mini Cooper by Maverick and Volkswagen Combi (RUNNER UP)
“BEST ENGINE DISPLAY” Honda Civic SIR and Mazda RX7 (RUNNER UP)
BEST POST WAR 50’s and Below (1948 Oldsmobile Futuramic by Maverick)
BEST GOLDEN ERA 60’s (1966 Ford Mustang GT350 by Ian Sosa)
BEST OF THE ROARING 70’s (Mitsubishi Lancer SL)
BEST CONTEMPORARY 80’s (87 and Below) (BMW Maroon)
BEST “2 DOOR” STOCK
ASIAN (Mitsubishi Lancer SL)
AMERICAN (no entry)
EUROPEAN (Porsche 912)
BEST “2 DOOR” MODIFIED
ASIAN (Mazda RX7)
AMERICAN (Ford Mustang GT350)
EUROPEAN (Volkwagen Beetle)
BEST “4 DOOR” STOCK
ASIAN (Toyota Corolla XL)
AMERICAN (1948 Oldsmobile)
EUROPEAN (Mercedes Benz W123)
BEST “4 DOOR” MODIFIED
ASIAN (Honda Civic SIR)
EUROPEAN (BMW by Eurkina)
BEST “AUTO PRESENTATION” (JSK)
BEST “BODY KIT” (Mazda RX7 by JSK)
BEST “EXOTIC CAR” (Ferrari Testarosa by Pipo Alcantara)
BEST “MINI CAR” (Suzuki Cappucino by Concept One/Sammy Liuson)
- See the rest of our coverage of the 2013 Manila International Auto Show here