Calling the attention of classic car lovers and wannabe owners out there. The Performance and Classics Enthusiasts Club (PACE) announced on November 6 that it will hold the first Tour de Cebu on December 5 to 7 this year.
In this three-day event, over 25 classic cars are expected to travel from Cebu to Dumaguete to Bacolod and back. That’s at least 1,000 kilometers. Get a glimpse of the sports cars manufactured not later than December 31, 1979. Vintage cars like the 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder, 1956 MGA, 1961 and 1963 Jaguar XKE, 1963 Kougar, 1965 Shelby Cobra and 1964 Karmann Ghia among others are expected to join the 3-day, 2-night touristic rally.
Tour de Cebu will open in I.T Park Block 11 in front of The Walk at 7 a.m. of December 5. During the flag off, each driver and car will go up in a ramp to be introduced to everyone. After all the cars are sent off, the ramp will be open for car owners who want to take photos of their cars on the photowall. PACE, in cooperation with the Manila Sports Car Club (MSCC), also plans to have a small exhibit in the venue.
So, what makes Tour de Cebu special is that it is not only an event to promote the islands, its beauty and attractions but also to help the Emergency Rescue Unit Foundation (ERUF), a non-government organization considered as one of Southeast Asia’s best emergency units by giving them a part of the proceeds. In turn, ERUF has coordinated with the organizers to help in the monitoring of the participants during Tour de Cebu. As for the cars, five to seven mechanics will attend on them.
The event is not a speed race but a regularity race. Though Tour de Cebu will have winners in the end, the race will not be about how fast a car gets to the destination. “The winner is the car with the lowest penalty score”.
There won’t be any cash prizes as well. One of the organizers of the event said that they want to make the prizes memorable, so it will definitely be something more precious like trophies and sponsor giveaways.
About PACE (from the official press release):
“Headed by Red Durano as president, PACE is a group of car collectors and enthusiasts, which boast some of the best classic and suepr cars in the country. Other members are Kenneth Cobonque, Jay Aldeguer, Glenn Soco, Chris Tio, Jun-Jun So, Tony Lozada, Michael Lhuillier, Grand Benedicto, Dr. Yong Larrazabal III, Chris Aldeguer, Darren Deen, Luis Alvarez, Harley Yunam, Michael Jo, Harold Ong Badilles, Louie Uymasuy, Dr. Peter Mancao, and Erwin Miranda. Although these gentlemen own and drive different car brands, they all share the same passion for the beloved cars.”