Transport Show made bigger at SMX

By Jekki Pascual, ANC

Posted at May 31 2011 09:23 PM | Updated as of Jun 01 2011 09:42 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Car enthusiasts from across the metro converged at the 20th Transport Show at the SMX Convention Center.

As the biggest automotive aftermarket show in the country, the show featured various car models as well as car accessories for those who want to customize their cars.

The most-anticipated show highlighted new tires, leather seats, lubricants, video screens and hi-tech audio system.

There were those cars with customized colors and engines.

Personalized cars have indeed become a trend, vice president of Tradeshow International Marie Villar said.

"Usually your car reflects your personality so what we notice is when you're single, your car would be sleeker, faster and more modern,” said Villar.

Dozens of customized vehicles were exhibited—from ordinary automobiles to luxury brands such as Porsche, Mercedes Benz, BMW and Lamborghini.

Vintage cars also took center stage at the event.

Many of the featured cars were made in the 1930's, 40's and 50's. There was even one made way back in 1916.

All these cars were meticulously restored to its original look by avid car fans.

A Buick Roadmaster convertible, for example, was manufactured back in 1948 but it has been restored and looks brand-new.

“We started this car 2 years ago. It was all in a bad condition. It was all-rusted. So we did everything. We dismantled everything, the upholstery, the body works, the mechanicals, as in everything," said Alfred Perez of Alfred's Motor Works Car Restoration, the company which has helped restore the said the Buick.

Alfred, also an official car restorer of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, also restored the Cadillac of General Douglas McArthur, and the Chrysler of former Philippine president Manuel Quezon recently.

May it be vintage or modern, one can choose to upgrade and improve his car depending on one's desire.

Villar, however, jokingly warned of a man's love affair with his car.

"Men tend to love the cars more than wives of and girlfriends… It’s just an observation, not all men, okay?" she quipped.

Whether that's true or not, only the ladies can tell.