CGS Autospa’s Honda CRV is Petron-MIAS custom classic car competition big winner


Modified 1966 Ford Mustang

The annual Petron-MIAS Custom Classic Car Competition (Petron-MCCC) held at the Manila International Auto Show (MIAS) has always been a hotly contested event and this year was no exception.

Restoration shops worked overtime as the weeks drew near on the day of the ingress time of the MIAS, laboring hours on end to make sure every detail is done to perfection.

From mechanicals, electrical layouts, interior detailing and of course the exterior paint finish, the artisans use every means necessary to ensure the classic, vintage and even contemporary cars come out better than brand new.

Custom car modifiers also see the MIAS as their day to shine, showing off their outlandish creations showcasing the modified engine display and best body kits to their peers.

The MIAS has never given any cash rewards for the “Best of Show” and other category winners. But collectors and modifiers and restorers come back and compete year after year, regarding it as a platform where they get to hone their craft.

Alex Isip of Alex Car Restorations, the country’s foremost car restoration expert and a veteran in the car competition scene was again this year’s chief judge.

He, however, laments that even if the level of craftsmanship is getting better these days, “The millennial generation is hardly interested in the fine art of tinsmith or car painting. We should preserve this craft and prevent it from becoming a dying art. We should ask for the support of the industry to make sure we train a new generation of artisans, who in turn can support not only the restoration and aftermarket industry but apply these skills in the formal automotive market as well.”

Here are some of the highlights of this year’s winners in the Petron-MIAS Custom Classic Car Competition

Winning the coveted “Best of Show” is car #11, a first generation Honda CRV impeccably restored by CGS Autospa. The same Honda CRV also won in the best in paint and best in interior categories.

Another runaway winner was a classic 1970s Datsun (Nissan) 240Z owned and restored by classic car aficionado Mike Gomez, whose 240Z has been with his family since the 1970s.

Regarded as perhaps the most beautiful 240Z in the country, it won in the best Asian modified category and was a runner-up in the best in paint and best in interior categories.

Gomez said the project was a tribute to his late father, who was a car aficionado himself.

A full list of winners for this year’s Petron-MIAS Classic and Custom Car Competition is featured on the table found in this page.

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