“The Targa is popular because of the romance of the sunshine,” begins Gabby Valdez, a Porsche owner and one of the founding members of the Porsche Club of the Philippines. His 1971 Porsche 911 E “soft-top” Targa is one of only a handful in the country and, thanks in part to the return of the Targa bar in the (type 991) 911 Targa, is fast becoming a collectible. Distinguished from a convertible by the distinctive targa or broad wrapover band, Targas served as a half step between a coupe and a full convertible. Though, these days, their rear windows are normally fixed, targas were first available with retractable rear windows. The curious cars were at one point thought to be the future of convertibles. By the late 1960s, scarred by Ralph Nader’s exposé on the severe lack of safety features in American automobiles detailed in the book Unsafe at Any Speed, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began mulling over the safety … [Read more...] about A fan of the original 911 Targa talks about the car’s enduring charm.
The capacity crowd inside the Mall Of Asia Arena had plenty to cheer about. At last night’s ONE: Roots Of Honor, ONE Championship’s 17th event on Philippine soil, there were awe-inspiring performances, including several jaw-dropping knockouts and highlight-reel submissions. ANCX looks back at the bouts that left a lasting impression. More from ONE: Heartbreaks and shockers shroud ONE: A New Era ONE Championship’s Chatri in Tokyo: “We don’t sell fights; we build heroes” VIDEO: How to win at life, according to ONE Championship’s Chatri Sityodtong VIDEO: Danny “The King” Kingad was the only Team Lakay survivor in ONE Championship’s ‘A New Era’ debut in Tokyo Joshua Pacio reclaims throne as strawweight king Joshua Pacio broke Team Lakay despondent four-match losing skid in world title contests in his rematch against Japanese rival Yosuke Saruta. The Filipino’s stable is widely associated … [Read more...] about Recap: Joshua Pacio redeems Team Lakay in a night of scintillating matches
Metro Manila is actually #blessed with two major motor shows. One is the Philippine International Auto Show that takes place every other year and the other is the annual Manila International Auto Show, or MIAS, which took place last week. The Manila International Auto Show is the launch pad for many of the major automotive brands in the Philippines like Hyundai, Ford, Subaru, Chevrolet, Foton, and more. It's also a major sales event for the car companies, with many brands that typically participate at PIMS like Nissan, Mitsubishi, Kia, Volkswagen and Suzuki showcasing their new vehicles at MIAS given its timing for the summer season and the turnout of people. In fact, according to the organizers, this year's show was able to garner over 140,000 visitors. If you are not one of the 140,000, here's a recap of what we saw at the show, as well as the special deals that were on offer. From Hyundai: a new Palisade and two electric cars The distributor of the biggest selling … [Read more...] about From a new Palisade to electric cars: Why this year’s Manila International Automotive Show did not disappoint
Few other cars can rival the sheer joy and excitement of driving a convertible. Chalk it up to the sense of speed and danger of an open cockpit. In fact, cabriolets were the standard model in the early years of the automobile, with hard roofs being the optional extra. While aerodynamics tells us that a hard top is necessity in breaking land speed records, in the early twentieth century, the opposite was thought to be true. Take a look at the record holders before the war and you’ll see that that many of them took their respective crowns topless. The racing Rolls-Royces and Bentleys all crossed the line, convertible style. Jaguar's iconic XK roadsters proudly bore their top speeds as names. Even Carroll Shelby dared to pit his topless Cobra against Ferrari’s 250 LM down the Mulsanne straight in the 1963 Le Mans, only to realize the poorer aerodynamics of a roadster were limiting its top speed. It wasn’t long before mass production and economies of scale reversed the … [Read more...] about Ramon Ang’s prized convertibles, and why he doesn’t treat them as garage queens
Few could have predicted that the settlement started by French officer Antoine de La Mothe Cadillac in 1701 would become the symbol of American industrialism. First named Fort Pontchartrain du Détroit, the largest city in the United States– Canadian border would later shorten its name to Detroit until it became known by other appellations like Motor City, Rock City, Hockeytown, or the home of soul and later, techno music. The city’s location on the river linked it to the Great Lakes and allowed its early fur trade to boom and quickly influence the city’s development. Yet, much of its prosperity now is owed to the automotive industry. The first industrialist to see the potential of Detroit was Henry Ford. With a thriving carriage trade in the city, Ford sought to automate the means of transportation and built his first auto-carriage in 1896. Though by no means the world’s first automobile, his early success led to the founding of the Ford Motor Company in … [Read more...] about How the automotive industry made Detroit