“We need to do this because it’s the right thing to do.” This is the opening line of moto vlogger Zach Lucero in informing his followers and stakeholders of the Moto Builds Pilipinas (MBP) motorcycle exhibit that this year’s event slated on June 6-7 at the World Trade Center (WTC) will not push through.
Of course, the usual suspect is the COVID-19 pandemic. An annual event visited by thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts, Moto Builds Pilipinas not only showcases the best custom bikes in the country, it has also become a venue for big motorcycle brands to unveil their latest models, bike accessories, and riding apparel.
Lucero came out with a painful decision to scrap the MBP on April 10, 2020, or exactly 20 days before the government’s enhanced community quarantine ends on April 30, and almost two months before the actual bike show.
More than a month ago, Al Camba decided to move his event, the 14th Inside Racing Bike Festival, to July 17-19, 2020, from its original schedule last March 27-29. The IR bike show, considered the biggest in the country, is annually held also at the WTC. Likewise, this is a result of the coronavirus crisis.
“We need to do this because until a vaccine is out, on-ground events with mass gatherings is not a reality to be hoped for,” Lucero added.
But guys, don’t frown yet. The MBP organizer has has come up with a viable option for this motorcycle show—present the custom bikes via an online platform. “Makina will take the Moto Builds Pilipinas to the digital world,” said Lucero, who is presently in the US with his family.
However, the schedule of the MBP digital presentation has yet to be announced. If this becomes a reality, MBP will be the first in Philippine motorcycle history to pull off a virtual show. Isn’t that exciting?