Manila Auto Salon organizer announces roster of show winners

Including a Honda S2000 and a Porsche Carrera S
by Patrick Everett Tadeo | Dec 3, 2012 Philippine Car News - Manila Auto Salon: Honda S2000, Porsche Carrera S bag 'Best of Show' car awards

Rookie entrants to the 2012 Manila Auto Salon bagged the Best of Show awards, with Bace Garage's Honda S2000 winning the Tuner category and Unique Autowerkes' Porsche Carrera S topping the Custom Car category.

As a first-time participant, Craig Samson of Bace Garage only wanted to win the Best in Paint award so he was pleasantly surprised that his S2000 was named 'Best of Show-Tuner Car'.

"Bace Garage is really a paint and bodykit shop so we were really only after the Best in Paint award," shared Samson. "So to be  given the Best of Show award was really unexpected."

Samson has had the S2000 for a year, and his team has been working on it since he acquired it, starting with the upgraded, supercharged engine. What Samson is really proud of is the car's Amuse wide-body kit, which he claims to be the only one of its kind in the Philippines.

"I had to import all of it from Japan and they came piece by piece, so it took some time before we finally had the complete set," said Samson.

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Inspired by his Best of Show trophy, Samson is now busy readying a Nissan R34 Skyline as one of his entries for the 2013 Trans Sport Show. Philippine Car News - Manila Auto Salon: Honda S2000, Porsche Carrera S bag 'Best of

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Unique Autowerkes previously participated in the 2010 staging of the Trans Sport Show using the Lamborghini Diablo of shop part-owner Eric Tanael. For the first time at the 2012 Manila Auto Salon, it entered the car--a 997 Porsche Carrera S--modified to become a supercharged supercar. Owned by a customer, the Carrera S was recognized as the Best of Show-Custom Car.

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"We only got the car three months ago, but it's a good thing that all the parts we needed to put together were already on hand so that made it easy to assemble everything together," said Tanael.

Trusting Tanael and partner Sandy de Guzman's experience, the owner left everything to them to change the Carrera S from its stock look to its very much customized, supercar-eating, powder blue exterior.

"We wanted to leave the front and rear bumpers bare to show off the carbon fiber weave, but we decided to paint it to match the body instead so that it has a nice, clean look," Tanael added.

Winning one of the four major awards has given both Tanael and de Guzman the urge to enter a car in the 2013 Trans Sport Show, but they have yet to decide what car to field at the event. Tanael would like to see the award boost Unique Autowerkes' business.

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"Winning a Best of Show award is very addicting," Tanael said. "I'd like us to win another one again, but what I'd really want is to expand our business and grow it from the small shop that we have right now to a much bigger one."

The other winners at this year's Manila Auto Salon are:

Best in Paint

Shop: Unique Autowerkes

Owner: Unique Autowerkes

Entry: 2005 Porsche Carrera S 997


Best of Show-SUV

Shop: Jeff's Off Road Shop

Owner: Mark Martinez

Entry: 1996 Toyota Land Cruiser 80


Best of Show-Sport Truck

Shop: 199 Off Road House

Owner: Martin de Leon

Entry: 1986 Toyota Hilux


Most Spectacular Display

Shop: Steve Payne Customs, New Zealand

Owner: Steve Payne

Entry: Ford Hot Rod


Best Bodykit

Shop: JSK Custom Paint & Autoworks

Owner: Johnson Tan

Entry: 1994 Mazda RX-7


Concept Award

Shop: G&G International

Owner: Jotle Viray

2001 Ford F-150


Extreme Tuner Award

Shop: FM Garage Painting/DAWG Motorsport

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Entry: 1993 Honda Civic


Best Graphics

Shop: Equal Trade Enterprises/ Firland Audio

Owner: Patrick Torres

Entry: 2000 Toyota bB


Fabricator's Award

Shop: Makna Marketing

Owner: TRIX Offroad Center

Entry: 2012 Toyota Hilux

Photos by Marlon 'Taz' Dacumos

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