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05 December 2011

2011 Manila Auto Salon - Part 1

Words by Rob Macabante | Photos by Christopher Kho
The Manila Auto Salon returned to the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City last November 24 to 27, 2011 and featured the finest tuner, vintage, and off-road vehicles the Philippines had to offer. In attendance were some of the country's top retailers and tuners such as Autoline, Atoy Customs, Concept One, Emperor Motorsports, and Speedlab. And as a sign of the changing times, the Hot Rod Philippine Club showed that the hot rodding culture is still alive and kicking, while Orlina Atalyer brought art appreciation on four-wheels with their art car.
Variety is an understatement when it comes to describing the array of cars, trucks, and SUV's that were on display. There were apparent daily-drivers mixed in with full-on track machines, and even battle-tested rock-crawling 4x4's. Classic cars were also in abundance, ranging from vintage Euros to fully-restored American muscle. This year’s lineup was surely one to be remembered. 
Some of the most stunning rides on display made their mark on show's floor: JSK Custom Paint and Autoworks’ 1997 Freddy vs. Jason-themed Astro Van was loud not only in graphics, but also with its eardrum-busting Phoenix Gold limited edition audio setup. And despite their 30-year age gap, JGTC Motorsports' 2009 Nissan GTR and JSK’s 1979 Porsche 911 looked equally menacing. Going strong, the star of the show was yet another entry from JSK; their bright-yellow 2011 Honda Civic FD won Best of Show Custom Car. 
Though it was tough to tell the crowd favorites, the best on four-wheels at the 2011 Manila Auto Salon deservingly took home all the hardware and accolades.
2011 Manila Auto Salon Winners
Award / Class
Light Commecial Truck 
Atoy Customs / Omaka Inc. 
2011 Shanghe Supercarry 
Best Graphics
Best Mobile Restoration
JSK Custom Paint & Autoworks 
Johnson Tan 
1997 Chevrolet Astro Van 
JSK Custom Paint & Autoworks 
Johnson Tan 
2004 Nissan X-Trail 
Midsize SUV 
199 Off Road House 
Jam Medina 
2010 Toyota Fortuner 
Full Size SUV  
Best of Show SUV
Dr. G's Car Clinic 
1996 Toyota Land Cruiser 
Euro/American SUV 
Makna Marketing 
Tito Arbatin 
2011 Land Rover Defender 
Contemporary Pick-up 
Best of Show Sport Truck
199 Off Road House 
Dionder Villanueva 
1995 Toyota Hilux 
Millenium Pick-up 
Ride Inc. / Trix Off Road Center 
Brian Diaz 
2006 Toyota Hilux 
Wipeout Autocraft 
Kiyoshi Hideki 
1958 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia 
Wheel Gallery Inc. 
2011 Mercedes-Benz E300 
Sports Car Asian  
FM Garage Painting 
Ross Catindig 
2001 Honda S2000 
Sports Car Euro/American 
Hart International Inc. 
Coy Enriquez 
2011 Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera 
Euro Subcompact 
Autoline Motorsports 
Cholo Paragas 
2011 Mini Cooper 
Subcompact 1 
Ladder Events Production 
James Dim 
2012 Honda Jazz 
Subcompact 2 
Auto Junction 
Dennis Sim 
2011 Honda Jazz 
Subcompact 3 
Firland Audio 
Darwin Torres 
2010 Honda Jazz 
Euro Compact 
Leather Plus Corporation 
John Howard 
2002 BMW 318i 
Contemporary Compact 
Best Engine Display 
Auto Circuit Enterprises Co. Inc. 
2000 Honda Civic SiR 
Millenium Compact
Best Car Display
Best of Show Custom Car 
JSK Custom Paint & Autoworks 
Johnson Tan 
2011 Honda Civic FD 
2-door AWD 
JGTC Motorsports 
Rodolfo Santiago 
2009 Nissan GTR 
Sports Sedan AWD 
JGTC Motorsports 
Mark Patron 
2007 Subaru Impreza STI 
Sports Coupe RWD 
Best Bodykit
Atoy Customs / Omaka Inc. 
2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 
Extreme Custom 
Wheel Gallery Inc. 
Concept One 
1965 Ford Mustang Fastback 
Race Car 
JSK Custom Paint & Autoworks  
William Tan 
1979 Porsche 911 
Tuner Car 
Best of Show Extreme Tuner 
Autoline Motorsports 
Enrico Ayllon 
2007 Honda Civic FD Turbo 
Best Mural 
Orlina Atalyer 
Ramon Orlina 
1988 Volvo 780 
Best Restoration 
Alfred Motorworks 
Domingo B. Perez Jr. 
1953 Cadillac Limousine 
Best Concept Vehicle 
199 Off Road House 
Nigel Gayares 
1999 Toyota Land Cruiser 78 
Best Finish 
Dr. G's Car Clinic 
Jethro Tan 
1992 Toyota Land Cruiser