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Here are letters and photos from two more readers who enjoy keeping their beloved old-school rides alive. This is a sweet 1975 Toyota Corolla (KE35) Owned by Hanzel Conchas. Here's what he has to say about it, in his own words:

 

 

Here's my survivor car, a 1975 KE35 Corolla. It’s been with the family since brand new, but as you can see, time has taken a toll on the body. But this is a very strong car, a real survivor.

 

 

 

Trips down to Batangas with it are a regular occurrence. You will also notice that it is fitted with a roof tray. It's a workhorse, too. I’ve loaded everything in it, from construction materials, spin dryers, hoods and wheels.

 

 

This next note is from Marco Amaro. Check out his 1976-77 Toyota Celica (RA29). I actually met Marco during the big old-school EB in Banawe a few months ago. He owns is a pretty nice ride. Here’s Marco’s story, in his own words:

 

Ever since I was a young I was fascinated with old cars. The scent of old leather, the gasoline fumes, the style, the curves, the rust and the patina all remind of works of art! I promised myself that I will own one of these beautiful machines some day. That day came last February 2010 when I came across this humble ride for sale on the Internet.

 

Without hesitating, I withdrew all of my savings. My father and I then rushed to Pampanga to check out this beauty. After settling the issues of the vehicle's registration in LTO Pampanga, we bought our first car and drove it all the way to Las Piñas. To my surprise, this Celica didn’t give us any trouble, despite being parked in a garage for almost five years.

 

I'm currently doing a mild resto-mod, and learning to drive using a five-speed manual transmission. By next month I will be ready to apply for my driver’s license.

 

 

I'm very happy with this old-school ride, not only because of the joy of cruising in it and learning to drive it, but also because it gives me a chance to have quality time with my father. He’s teaching me everything about driving and maintaining this ‘sina-una’!

Paulo Rafael Subido
Editor in Chief
Top Gear Philippines' editor in chief is a driving addict, but with a taste for old-school metal. He loves spending the day in the talyer, working on his cars as a form of relaxation.
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