A 1974 BMW 2002 Turbo and a 1999 Porsche Boxster were the top winners at the 20th Trans Sport Show, where they took home the trophies for the Nostalgic and Contemporary categories, respectively.
The Porsche Boxster was entered by JWorks Unlimited's John Lee Hagoriles, making him a back-to-back winner after his Scion xB also bagged the same award at the 2010 Trans Sport Show.
"We weren't expecting to win this year after we saw the other entries so we're very surprised and very happy that we won for the second straight year," said Hagoriles.
According to Hagoriles, work on the Boxster started in December 2010 but its progress was delayed when the March 11 earthquake and tsunami struck Japan, which affected the importation of much-needed parts and supplies. Once the items like the Tech Art bodykits arrived, JWorks Unlimited worked for three straight months to get the Boxster ready for the Trans Sport Show.
Asked if he'll try and make it three-in-a-row Best of Show wins at the 2012 Trans Sport Show, Hagoriles could only smile and say, "We'll see."
The BMW 2002 Turbo, meanwhile, is no stranger to winning in a car show. It also topped the 2009 BMW Car Club of America West Coast Summer Concourse in Monterey, California.
"I'm proud to say that this car has pedigree," said its owner Alvin Tan.
Tan is a die-hard fan of the 2002 Turbo as he is also currently restoring another one. As for his winning entry, Tan said it took three years and approximately P7 million to restore the car to its original glory, having sourced authentic 2002 Turbo parts from all over the world.
"Some parts I've had to pay 10 times its original price; that's how rare the parts for the 2002 Turbo are," Tan said.
The 20th Trans Sport Show was part of the Grand 3-Ring Motoring Event, which also featured the 1st Philippine Nostalgic Motor Show and the 4th Manila Sports Car Club Concours d'Elegance.
At the Concours d'Elegance, the Best of Show award went to the 1971 De Tomaso Pantera owned by Bubi Camus. While he was not around during the awarding ceremony, we've learned that Camus is a member of the Manila Sports Car Club and that he participates in its races. Depending on the type of the race, Camus runs either a turbocharged Mazda Miata or an Opel GT.