“For several years now, we have always been a great advocate of Reach Out World Wide Foundation—the same beneficiary supported by the late action star Paul Walker, who starred in the immensely popular Fast and Furious movie series,” said Fontana chief executive officer Manuel Sequeira during the grand opening held at the Fontana Clark on November 13.
The event, which was themed “Drive More to Reach More”, was more than just an auto show as it also featured a car exhibit and other exciting activities for auto enthusiasts and the general public including the Car and Truck of the Year Awards given by the Car Awards Group Inc. (CAGI), which has named the Mazda 2 as the 2015 Car of the Year-Philippines (COTY-P) and the Nissan Navara as the Truck of the Year-Philippines (TOTY-P). The announcement was made at the CAGI Gala Awards Night last November 13 held at the Grand Ballroom of Fontana Clark.
The next day, the fifth JSK Auto Fun Run headed by Johnson Tan, broke their previous record of 510 vehicles. Despite the traffic and preparation for APEC, the convoy reached a total of 1,059 cars and motorcycles—setting a record of the longest vehicle convoy, which took off from Trinoma Mall parking area in Quezon City around 9:18 a.m., cruised along the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), and converged at the Fontana Clark at 12:05 p.m. The very first Auto Fun Run saw 70 participants driving vehicles of various makes and models from Valenzuela City to Subic. Their number grew to 180 vehicles in 2012, which then grew to more than 300 vehicles in 2013 then, more than 500 vehicles in 2014.
More than 2,000 guests were treated to a live band entertainment, sumptuous meals, games and exciting prizes as well as raffles were given away. The celebration led to an Auto Show Pool Party with a live disc jockey on Saturday night, which was held at the Olympic-size swimming pool area of Fontana Hot Spring Leisure Parks Hotel.
The grand prize raffle was a brand new BYD F0, which was raffled off among the 1,059 participants who joined the JSK motorcade. Solar Transport and Automotive Resources Corp. (STAR Corp.), the exclusive distributor of BYD cars in the country picked 15 participants, whose names were randomly drawn to pick a letter from the phrase “BUILD YOUR DREAMS”. Each letter was assigned to a box that contained a card key and a special prize, but only one card key was capable of switching on the F0’s engine and the lucky winner was 27-year-old businessman Crispulo Eusebio III of Sta. Cruz, Manila.
On the last day, the grand finals of the Fontana Dance Showdown commenced as well as the Social Media Photo Contest. “I’m very happy for the turnout of the three-day event,” said Sequeira. “I think Paul Walker was watching over us. This is the first of what will be a series of annual events. The Auto-Motorama was a success because of our partners namely Clark Development Corp., San Miguel Corp., PLDT Smart Telecommunications, and co-organizers San Miguel Brewery, San Miguel Purefoods, Ginebra San Miguel, Petron, JSK Custom Paint & Auto Works, CAGI, Clark International Speedway and our friends from the media.”