Category Archives: Motorsports

F1? MotoGP? NASCAR? What are the odds?

Are you a racing fan? Just how big a fan are you of the sport? Whether it’s Formula One, NASCAR, MotoGP or any international, regional or local event, racing does come with loyal followers. And we can’t help it that racing also comes with what we can consider secondary markets, or betting and booking on the side. Whether you’re rooting for Fernando or Sebastian (or maybe even Kimi), whoever turns out champion can be a numbers game as much as it is a race. Vettel is very consistent with points, as much as Alonso is up for the challenge in a weaker car. But Raikkonen silently zooms through the finish line racking up points, too.

Nascar races

Continue reading F1? MotoGP? NASCAR? What are the odds?

Charity. More fun in the Philippines — How owners of exotic cars helped Typhoon victims

When Undoy happened 3 years ago, people said it’s very unlikely to happen again. They were wrong. Granted it wasn’t actually a full-blown typhoon that hit us just a few weeks back, but the flooding and consequent damages are generally just as bad.

That being said, I personally think natural challenges like these will happen more often than we think. More calamities will come and more people will need help. The good thing is, more and more people are actually willing to help… and they do it in different and creative ways.

Case in point, a local car club named TrackHos did something creative for charity late last year. The club is composed of people who own exotic and performance cars. We are talking about Philippine motorists driving Ferraris, Porshes, Lamborghinis, and GTRs. They wanted to get together, have fun, and raise funds for charity… so what did they do? Simple, they had their own car event — TrackHos Mile — an unlimited speed airport runway event. So one Sunday, they drove their exotic cars to Subic, shot a video, hanged out, raised funds, and donated all of the proceeds to the Philippines Red Cross in aid of the victims of Typhoon Sendong.

See more by watching this video uploaded by Trackhos on Youtube.

[youtube video=’6mA0URi4lfo’ width=’500′ height=’350′ vparams=’rel=0|border=0′]

My personal insight from this exercise is this: given the right motivation, people can come up with many creative ways to help. For example, during the recent “habagat calamity”, a hardware store owner I know lent his dump truck to ferry people across waist-deep flooded portions of the road,… and I saw teens swimming and dragging inflatable boats loaded with supplies to bring help to areas where even dump trucks can go through. The simple formula seems to be just to look at whatever you have, and maximize or repurpose them for a greater benefit.

Now its your turn… What do you think can you do?

Rumor: Lamborghini Philippines?!

This is one of the biggest rumors to come to the Philippine automobile industry: Lamborghini is coming to our shores!

Sources say the Italian supercar brand is coming here courtesy of PGA Cars, which also distributes Porsche and Audi. And according to these sources, the Lamborghini showroom will be located at the facility that PGA Cars has been constructing at the Bonifacio High Street complex in Bonifacio Global City–which we initially thought to be reserved for Volkswagen.

If this is real at all, then it would be interesting as to how many people in the Philippines can afford to buy a Lambo and still be able to drive it down the streets without getting a ticket for looking so good.

[Article via: Top Gear PH | Image via: Wikimedia Commons (CC by-SA 3.0)]

LTO-Billran has 20 unclaimed motorcycles

If you still have a motorcycle impounded in LTO-Biliran, then you should get it immediately as they are thinking of disposing them all. The 20 motorcycles in Land Transportation Office (LTO), Biliran Provincial Office compound were impounded mostly because of non-renewal of registration.

The OIC Provincial Director of LTO-Biliran, Grace M. Carsido, recommended that the motorcycles be disposed to have more space in the compound. However, she was denied because the owners were untraceable and unknown. This includes other documents to prove that the rider owned the vehicle.

Although not stated, it was inferred that these motorcycles may have been stolen. If you are, then it would be best to give the LTO a visit.

[Article from PIA]

How about a Filipino F1 team?

Malaysia F1And there goes the Formula One season. Hamilton sucked. The FIA was bollocks. Massa nearly died. Schumi nearly made a comeback. Button won. I guess that’s pretty much it.

For all our talent of making “sawsaw” to just about everything, I think motorsports is one area we haven’t really made any efforts in associating ourselves to. Formula One is just the largest motorsport in the whole world. We’ve been fielding athletes in the Olympics, so why aren’t we doing the same for F1? Malaysia is fielding a Formula One team next season and they’re practically in the same time zone as us.

Well, it’s easy to tell why we can’t. It’s not like we don’t like Formula 1 here. It’s a big hobby for people to watch it in the same way they might play games or watch football. It’s just that there are clearly other factors that prevent it from happening.

One easy reason is that we really don’t have an automaking industry to speak of. Sure we make a hell of a lot of jeepneys and I know many people abroad envy that we have areas like Banawe and Evangelista to cater to tuners. But a homegrown automaker that invests on world-class research and development, production, and sales and marketing? None that I can think of. (Anyone knows if FMC is back on its feet or if A-Toys has finally got a crack at it?)

One of the biggest motivations for automakers to field teams is to make it a proving ground for car technology. Some would settle for the publicity the sport brings to the brand. Even with those perks, big names like Honda and BMW have quit F1. Toyota has been mulling quitting too. And these are established automakers that surely have enjoyed such perks. Unless we can find ways to slap on aerodynamics and KERS on owner-type jeeps to sell more of them…

So what about Malaysia? Well, even though Malaysia is part of the ASEAN (of which we are also part), the country is home to Proton which happens to own British sports car maker Lotus. Lotus currently makes few of the best-handling cars in the world (the Elise, Exige and Evora). Oh and they have Petronas too.

It requires a lot of resources to field an F1 team and Malaysia’s got the balls, the funds, the technical know-how, and the driving talent to support Lotus’ participation. Too bad, as Pinoys, we sure have bigger balls than any other nation and I’m sure we can find talent out there (given the number of un-Christian motorists out there), but not too much on the other stuff.

Given our economic outlook, spending at least $65 million on developing speedy cars for just one year is just plain indecent. And there’s other expenses like for travel, publicity, and the team. Mind you that the better F1 drivers get nearly as much as Manny Pacquiao’s net worth (which took him years to build) in just a year.

And the list can go on.

Sure we’ve got fellow Pinoys who are participating in other forms of motorsport in the region but nothing that comes close to something big as F1. And I’m positive we haven’t even participated in WRC, GT races, or even Le Mans.

I just hope to see a Filipino in F1 in my lifetime.