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Is this the biggest gathering of sports cars in PH?

The ‘Motul 300V SuperFast Track Day’ seemed like it was

We guess you could say that Clark International Speedway is a rich man's playground. PHOTO BY MIKE ANTON

Back in November, we featured an interview with the widely acknowledged godfather of automotive tuning in the Philippines, a bespectacled car addict named Carlos Gono. He owns Autoplus Sportzentrium, a tuning shop that caters to high-end sports cars, and he also happens to be the distributor of Motul lubricants in the country.

Gono occasionally gathers his friends and clients for weekend fun runs just to stretch the legs of their steeds. But yesterday was a more special occasion: The affable petrolhead staged the very first “Motul 300V SuperFast Track Day” at Clark International Speedway. As you can imagine, dozens of enthusiastic supercar and sports car owners showed up. It really was like inviting a bunch of alcoholics to an open bar.

Like small kids being let loose inside a toy store. PHOTO BY MIKE ANTON

“Since the mile run which Motul did at the Subic airport six years ago, our friends and supporters had been clamoring for us to have an event again,” Gono shared with VISOR. “That was the reason I decided to organize this exclusive, by-invitation-only track day.”

According to the businessman, the event offered supercar owners a chance to push their cars to their limits, and allowed Motul clients to experience the performance and the reliability of the French lubricants in extreme driving conditions around a proper track.

The morning session was reserved for supercars, with Gono reckoning that “almost 90 of them came to play.” The afternoon part, meanwhile, accommodated JDM cars, of which more than a hundred joined based on the organizer’s estimate.

“I didn’t really expect such a great turnout,” Gono told us. “Maybe the most number of supercars to ever drive around Clark International Speedway.”

Motul can also brag about another claim: “There was not a single breakdown or engine failure because of the lubricant protection,” Gono declared.

Check out the cars that participated in the event.

Many of us just don't realize it, but there are already so many supercars in the country today. PHOTOS BY MIKE ANTON

Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist since July 1995. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. God has watched over him throughout his humble journey. He writes the ‘Spoiler’ column.