Words by Christopher Kho
 
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The long wait is almost over! In just two days’ time, the country's longest running car show will open its doors to the hottest event on four wheels. The “Grand 3-Ring Motoring Event” brings together a world of contrasts, as authentic classics take on contemporary customs vying to be show's finest. Celebrating its 20th Anniversary, the Trans Sport Show will unfold on May 26 to 29, 2011 at the SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia Complex alongside the 1st Philippine Nostalgic Motor Show and the 4th Manila Sports Car Club Concours d' Elegance
 
 
decade_of_action_posterEveryday around the world, there is an estimated 3,500 people who leave their homes but never come back due to a violent road crash. For those of us who know someone who was injured or had died on the road, we understand the suffering and heartache that comes with the loss of a family member or friend. Others would blame the circumstance on poor governance, bad road conditions, or even pass it off as sheer bad luck. But at the end of the day, we should all acknowledge the fact that these tragic deaths can be prevented if we start acting now. 
 
That is why the United Nations General Assembly recently launched the “Decade for Road Safety 2011-2020” program to make our streets safer and save up to 5 million lives in 10 years by bringing together the government, police, health practitioners, and especially all road users to support the cause.
 
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Bearing the signature bike number 129, the 22-year old Suzuki Philippines team rider Maico Greg Buncio sadly passed away Sunday afternoon, May 15, 2011, due serious injuries sustained after crashing out during the qualifier race the day before at the Clark International Speedway in Pampanga. 

Here is an except from the official statement issued by the Buncio family and Suzuki Philippines regarding the accident:
 
“Traveling at high speed, his bike had slipped into loose gravel on the shoulder of the speedway. Buncio was thrown off 100 meters from his bike, crashing into an unfinished barrier on the speedway where a protruding steel bar punctured his body and damaged his kidney and liver. He was rushed to a nearby hospital before being brought to the UST Hospital early morning of Sunday, but the doctors’ efforts were in vain, and he passed away at 3:57pm.”
 
After receiving news of Buncio's passing, all races at the Clark International Speedway on Sunday afternoon were cancelled. 
 
  
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The Volvo Golf Team comes out on top in both Group and Individual categories at the recently-concluded Society of Philippine Motoring Journalists (SPMJ) Invitational Golf Tournament held at the Fontana and Apollon Korea Country Club in Pampanga.
 
The team composed entirely of Volvo clients won First Runner Up in the Team Division, while famed actor and sports enthusiast Derek Ramsay Jr. drives his way to victory for the Individual Category A division. Derek Ramsay Jr. was accompanied by his dad Derek Sr., who also shares the same love for the sport and the Volvo brand. 
 
The Volvo brand has been synonymous with golf, having been supporting the sport for more than 25 years. The Volvo World Golf Challenge runs throughout the world where its support also encompasses the amateur league. Local activities like these are especially supported to promote camaraderie amongst Volvo clients.
 
 
bnk_logoGoodyear Philippines’ Bayani ng Kalsada (BNK) program is approaching its last stretch as it announces the deadline for nominations on May 15, 2011. Bayani ng Kalsada is a nationwide search for Filipino drivers who have exhibited heroic acts of courage, sacrifice and extraordinary selflessness in keeping others safe on the road. 
 
In the 2010 - 2011 search, several individuals have been found to step out of their comfort zone when faced with an opportunity to perform a good deed. No politics, no recognition, no reward money; just a selfless act of kindness. 
 
Now in its fifth consecutive year, BNK hopes to inspire Filipino drivers, by way of example, to become more responsible motorists and help make Philippine roads safer.
Words by Christopher Kho
 
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Trans Sport Show, the country's longest running motor show, is celebrating its 20th birthday by throwing the grandest party yet, and everyone's invited! Dubbed as the “Grand 3-Ring Motoring Event,” it brings together three of the best car shows under one roof - the 20th Trans Sport Show, the 1st Philippine Nostalgic Motor Show, and the 4th Manila Sports Car Club Concours d' Elegance. Party starts on the 26th of May and runs until the 29th at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex and co-presented by Phoenix Fuels Life in cooperation with Solar Auto Club. 

A Milestone
Organized by TradeShow International Inc. (TSI), the 20th edition of the Trans Sport Show sets a new milestone as the longest-running car show in the country. Since its establishment in 1992 as a general automotive show, we have seen the Trans Sport Show evolve into the pinnacle of custom car shows and have now become part of the Filipino car enthusiasts' culture. Year after year, they manage to put on a show better than the last. It's a “Car Show for Enthusiasts by Enthusiasts.”
Words by Kevin Siy | Photos and video courtesy of Volkswagen AG
 
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Wolfsburg, Germany - In front of 200 journalists, Volkswagen Management Board Member Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg unveiled the Polo R WRC, announcing Volkswagen’s entry into the World Rally Championship (WRC) by 2013. For Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen, this move exemplifies Volkswagen’s commitment in traversing new horizons, new challenges.

Debris and Obstacles
The WRC surrounds itself with the worst extremes: varying climatic conditions, and different ground types that include mud, ice, and gravel. The Polo R WRC has to be built in a way that extends the frontiers of technology, precision, and ingenuity; so it could defy reliability as it conquers the blazing heat of South America and freezing conditions in Scandinavia.
  
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At the recently-concluded New York International Auto Show, Volvo Cars of North America (VCNA) proudly received the distinction as the 2011 International Sedan of the Year for the all-new Volvo S60. The scandinavian sports sedan was deemed best-in-class for its most superlative connection with consumer lifestyle by the International Car of the Year (ICOTY) jury.

"To receive the International Sedan of the Year award and be named 'Most Dependable' demonstrate first-hand that the Volvo S60 connects with consumers' lifestyles on both an emotional and rational level," said Doug Speck, president and CEO of VCNA, who accepted the award. "From our advanced technology safety features and masterful Scandinavian design, to its best-in-class fuel economy and award-winning engine, the S60 delivers something for everyone. It is without a doubt a game changer for us."