Words by Jade Lu | Photos by Christopher Kho
I could't help myself but got excited when teammate Christopher Kho picked me up in our chili orange Ford Fiesta hatchback all stickered up for the rally with our names on the window. And when the team's designated driver Ferman Lao hopped on board, reality set in and I realized that this whole experience was really happening. Driving around a hot colored Fiesta was attention-grabbing enough; more heads turned as they saw it in its full rally livery. The stares we got made a trifle more excited.
It was a cloudy morning at the Subic International Airport, when all 16 teams were gathered on March 5, 2011, for Sunshine TV’s second Auto Rally Corporate Challenge (ARCC). Our trio was flying the colors of Ford/Mazda (Team FGP), the defending champion of 2010. Team FGP was made up of a Mazda MX-5, a Mazda CX-7, and two Ford Fiestas including our own.
The sight of all the pretty cars stickered for the rally got me quite pumped, as this was my very first rally and I had no idea what to expect. I was a noob among car veterans, media folks, and experienced race car drivers. Not another pair of high heel (or short shorts) in sight. Yes, I wore my four-inch high heels to my first rally; I didn’t get the memo about the flat shoe dress code.