NeoClassic: Where the finest car builds speak for themselves
Behind the “oohs”, “ahhhs” and “whoaahs”, something great was born last Sunday at the Filinvest Tent in Alabang.
An old friend once asked me, “What’s the difference between a car show and a car meet?”
To be fair, that’s something understandable for a person who’s not really into cars. You see in my younger years, I’ve always viewed any type of car gathering as a car show since everyone’s flexing their rides. But as my understanding grew deeper, I saw in my eyes how car meets and car shows are done differently.
Yes, both may feature the hottest rides and the sickest builds in town, but the general feeling is that car shows have that sort of corporate thing going on. Since it’s held in big venues and with major aftermarket brands participating, it’s where cars are being used and built to promote or represent a particular product, a certain shop, or a company, complete with brand ambassadors to attract the crowd.
As a car guy myself, car meets, on the other hand, are my kind of break from work. Sure, it’s still about cars in general, but here there’s no agenda, and there’s no objective to accomplish. Like I’m not there as part of the media. I’m just there to gather with old friends, meet new ones, and get inspiration from the people talking about their passion pieces and how they built their rides.
But somehow, the guys behind NeoClassic managed to combine both.
You see, NeoClassic was organized by pretty much the same people behind much-awaited local meets like Legends of the 90s, and Stance Pilipinas / Manila Fitted. And when it comes to building cars, they know how to do it uniquely in style, in fashion, and with passion.
For NeoClassic, the organizers combined the elements of an exclusive car meet, like pre-screening the cars exhibited before earning an invite. But much like a car show, the finest builds are awarded at the end for being the best in their categories. They even brought in Speedhunters’ Dino Dalle Carbonare and Alec Pender of NoPlansCo to share with the world what Philippine car culture is like.
And indeed, the selection of cars was very diverse. But all are tastefully done, and with purpose. The outside parking itself had its own show going on, as I walked around and saw examples of a showroom stock Civic ESi and smallbody Corolla AE92, 4x4 favorites like the Toyota Hilux and Nissan Patrol, and even car culture-favorite platforms from the past and present like Toyota tuner-engined owner-type jeeps, the first-gen Honda CR-V, and modern daily/track cars like the Toyota Yaris.
But the main show area is where everything is just on a different level. From classic cars with modern engines like the Beams-engined Celica, air-cooled Porsches with RWB kits, homologation specials of both past and present like generations of the Lancer Evolution, and the GR Yaris, to even vehicles seen on Initial D like the S15, RX7, and the AE86 Trueno.
I found myself drooling over the variety of cars. Quite simply, the builds and makes in the NeoClassic show can be summed up in Tagalog with two words: Walang tapon. But with that said, my heart still belongs to Yaryar which I drove home at the end of the day and with the dream of building it up to the level of the cars showcased at NeoClassic.
For the owners of the cars showcased at the event, it’s already a win in that regard. But more importantly, it’s the car community that got the major W. Not only does it level up the quality of builds of the local car scene, it’s also because NeoClassic showed that car shows can be done like this.
Can’t wait for the next one.