The 2013 Trans Sport Show is ongoing right now at the SMX Convention Center and will run until Sunday, June 2. If you'll be making a beeline for the event this weekend, we suggest you check out these five cars that are noteworthy on their own.
1. 1960 Chevrolet Corvette
The Chevrolet Corvette is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, with almost all of its generations represented at the show. But as much as we'd like to pick the sixth-generation ZR1, our choice would be the red-and-white, first-generation 1960 Corvette since it's a rarer machine and it's a definitive classic. For pop culture fanatics, the car also made a memorable appearance in Arnold Schwarzenegger's True Lies.
2. 1983 Nissan 240RS
This car was Nissan's contender in the World Rally championship from 1983 to 1985. In the Philippine rally scene, the 240RS saw action until the 1990s. As for this particular car, it was once raced by race driver Mike Potenciano. As fate would have it, he was able to sell the car before the big fire in the old BLTB compound in Pasay City, which Potenciano's family owned. The fire destroyed not just the company's buses but Mike's car collection as well.
3. 1987 Porsche 930 Ruf-BTR
Porsche is literally the center of attention at the Trans Sport Show since Tradeshow International, the organizer of the four-day event, is also celebrating the 50th anniversary of the brand's iconic 911 model. Although there are roughly 20 Porsches on display--with each and every one of them a standout in its own right--the one Porsche that really caught our attention is the silver 930-based Ruf-BTR. To anyone who has virtually raced on PlayStation, Ruf represented the Porsche brand in video games led by the famous 'Yellowbird' CTR.
4. 2013 Toyota 86 by Emperor Motorsports
There are a handful of Toyota 86s and Subaru BRZs at the show. From what we've seen and heard, however, this particular car might just be the "Best of Show" winner if only for the meticulous work done to transform it from a bone-stock 86 into a show-car version. Its deep-dish wheels and Rocket Bunny kit only add to the already-aggressive stance of the car.
5. A-Toy Bodykits Formula 1 car
From modifying cars by placing dramatic bodykit on them, A-Toy Bodykits has leveled up by creating a Formula 1 car replica out of scratch. Although it's not made of lightweight carbon fiber like the real Formula 1 cars, it does look the part. Made almost entirely out of fiberglass--including the wheels--the car is actually heavy. Still, props to Atoy Llave's crew for creating another show-stopper of a car.
Photos by Marlon 'Taz' Dacumos and Patrick Everett Tadeo