The British Embassy Manila, together with Top Gear Philippines, staged the Great British Auto Show last Sunday, May 31st. Showcasing the rich British car industry and its impact on the motoring community in the Philippines, the first-of-its-kind car show was held at Capitol Commons in Pasig City.
The embassy invited enthusiasts and private owners of Brit-made cars, allocating 40 slots in the event. Not only were those slots filled (about 44 cars arrived, actually), the cars on display also took visitors on a trip down Great Britain's motoring memory lane.
The organizers tapped local car clubs--including groups of Mini enthusiasts and the Land Rover Club of the Philippines--for the car exhibit. An internal committee of the British Embassy screened display applicants, and the quirkiest submissions were approved.
An interesting automobile on display was a 1966 Sunbeam Alpine (a James Bond car, if we might add) owned by Wellington Soong, who happily walked around the event. But Soong's winning car at the show was the Jaguar E-Type, which received the heritage award.
Another winner was Chris Tengco's Morris Minor 1000, nabbing the People's Choice award after his car got the most number of likes on the British Embassy's Facebook page.
Local distributors of Jaguar, Land Rover, Mini, Morgan and MG played a part in the event. They exhibited their latest automobile offerings in the Philippines. The show truly gave its visitors the experience of British metal from both the past and the present.
With Aston Martin formally entering our shores in a month's time, we can't wait to update you on the British marques that are sure to follow. And judging by the number of people who spent their Sunday ogling these elegant automobiles, Great Britain would be thrilled to know that beyond Queen Elizabeth, One Direction and Harry Potter, Filipinos (especially car enthusiasts) have more reason to love the UK.
Photos by Mark Jesalva