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Toyota Motor Philippines put all speculations to rest when its president, Satoru Suzuki, announced in no uncertain terms the continuation of its motorsports program during the culmination night of the 5th season of the Vios Cup held Nov. 15.
If you ask many car enthusiasts what their dream cars are, they would most likely mouth off the names and specs of the flashiest, fastest, the strongest, most bad-ass cars, trucks or SUVs ever made.
If only this paper could generate the sound of a symphony orchestra, then you wouldn’t need to read this article.
You don’t really own a car until you’ve paid every cent for it. That’s the essence of taking out an auto loan from any financial institution. That’s why banks have the right to repossess a vehicle whose owners have defaulted on the payments.
It’s the stuff of horror stories, if you really think about it. What starts out as your dream of owning your first car becomes a reality, but then takes a turn for the worse. The cost of monthly mortgages, fuel, maintenance, and other related expenses pile up. You can’t outrun the “demons” hounding your ride, until your car becomes “re-possessed”. And at the end of this scary bad movie, you’re left with nothing but unsavory memories while you’re on your way to work in a public transport.
Last week was a whirlwind of sorts for the offroading community. Members have gone from enjoying their vehicles and their gear in the great outdoors, to wrangling their way through the suddenly “hostile” environs of the concrete jungle because of the sudden enforcement by Land Transportation Office (LTO) operatives of a six-decade-old law against allegedly unauthorized vehicle modifications, and then to the resulting online social media firestorm this issue has generated. Indeed, without even leaving the comforts of home, the people involved have become muddier than being in an actual offroad adventure, no thanks to all the mudslinging.
In the multi-continental “car wars” being waged in the Philippines, covering both sides of what can be argued the most economically powerful region of the world–the north Atlantic–gives anyone that strategic trade edge. And last Oct. 11 in a posh hotel in Bonifacio Global City, Filipino-owned The Covenant Car Company Inc (TCCCI) waved not the flag of surrender, but that bearing the crosses of saints George, Andrew and Patrick.
These past few days, my socmed news feed has been flooded with rants, particularly from the offroading community, over what they call unjust apprehensions by the Land Transportation Office.
P-ara kanino ka bumaban–gon? Who do you wake up for?
The country’s leading car manufacturer Toyota Motor Philippines may have merely intended to put motorsports in the collective consciousness of the auto industry, after having run its grassroots-oriented Vios Cup for five seasons already. But then again, there may have been an unintended consequence, and it’s all good, because the Vios Cup may have also put better drivers on public roads.