Our country's motoring community is teeming with countless car clubs. And this is in no small way due to the fact that most Filipinos have no loyalty. Just look at our political scene. Everyone puts together his own group because everyone wants to be "the man." And so, car clubs splinter into smaller clusters like it's the most normal thing in the world. Happens all the time, as a matter of fact.
Which is why it is very refreshing to meet an automotive association whose members are solidly united and don't give a rat's *ss about who gets the credit or who takes the spotlight. Like the Land Rover Club of the Philippines, for instance--a band of motoring brothers we once called "the most awesome car group on the planet." And we swear that this is not because its president happens to be our very own off-road editor (and legal columnist) Atty. Robby Consunji. We genuinely believe this because that's how we feel about the group and its selfless members.
To said members, titles are not important. They just want to hang out and do meaningful stuff--like go on relief missions to places struck by natural calamities.
Recently--on July 10, to be exact--LRCP held a breakfast fellowship at The Brewery in Bonifacio Global City. Just because they wanted to spend time together. In the parking lot, we took time to admire the dozens of Land Rovers neatly arranged with seemingly military precision. All the Land Rover models were represented, from the early series to the modern Range Rover Evoque. There was even the rare Forward Control 101 ambulance. We're huge fans of the Defender, particularly of the short-wheelbase variety, but we couldn't help drooling over even the Discoverys.
It reeked of raw machismo in the area, to be honest.
Check out the Land Rover models owned by LRCP members. We promise that after you've done so, you'll look at your midsize diesel SUV and feel alarmingly inadequate.