This October 3 to 5, 2015, Cebu’s premier car club, the Performance and Classics Enthusiasts of Cebu (PACE), in cooperation with the Manila Sports Car Club (MSCC), will be staging the much awaited 2nd Tour de Cebu, the country’s only 1,000-km historic sports car rally inspired by the notable Mille Miglia event in Italy.
Last year, the event, which was supported by Petron Corporation and Sun Life Financial among many others, gathered 25 beautifully restored historic vehicles, comprised mostly of sports cars owned and driven by key personalities from Cebu and Manila. This second run, which will once again be supported by Sun Life Financial, aims to finally cover both Cebu and the Negros Island Region (Bacolod and Dumaguete cities), with an expected participation of over 35 vehicles. Apart from promoting the enjoyment and preservation of vintage sports cars, Tour de Cebu will also help elevate tourism, as scenic spots in the Visayas will be highlighted.
Tour de Cebu is open to sports cars manufactured in 1972 or older. All entries are by invitation and subject to technical scrutiny led by a committee. Major factors for passing include authenticity, period correctness, mechanical soundness, and safety.
The official list for eligible sports cars shall be based on a list compiled by the MSCC. PACE grants limited exception for classic, race, or rally cars manufactured on or below the cut-off date of 1972 with high historic value or prestige. Run-off sports car models beyond the manufacturing cut-off of 1972 are allowed pending technical consensus.
In addition to the rally, PACE will be holding a 3-day Concours d’Elegance from October 2 to 4 at the Montebello Villa Hotel in celebration of the prestigious car club’s 10th anniversary.