Ah, 2009. A time when the Black Eyed Peas were all over the airwaves, Manny Pacquiao’s fights were nation-stopping events, and the US economic recession was in full swing. It was also the year that this very website first went online.
Prior to the site’s launch, Top Gear Philippines was solely a print entity (the magazine and the website survived concurrently until last
Pictured here is the January/February 2009 issue of TGP magazine. On the cover, you can see a now-commonplace car that was just about to rear its head in the market: the fifth-generation Honda City. What’s interesting, too, is the Big Test section, which pitted the Toyota Corolla Altis against the Mitsubishi Lancer and the Ford Focus. Back then, the compact-sedan market was still thriving.
The issue is a nice little throwback, chock-full of tidbits that are funny in hindsight. For instance,