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This year’s Tour de Cebu will be held from September 29 to October 3

The only classic-car rally in the country returns

This is just a preview of some of the entries. PHOTO BY LEANDRO MANGUBAT

If you could imagine vintage vehicles being driven around scenic tropical roads, that’s what the Tour de Cebu is. From September 29 to October 3, several classic cars will be driven for 1,000km around Visayas, most notably Cebu and Bohol.

Being the only historic car rally in the Philippines, this is being organized by the Performance and Classics Enthusiasts of Cebu with the support of the Manila Sports Car Club.

Can you drive 1,000km in a car without air-conditioning and a roof? PHOTO BY LEANDRO MANGUBAT

Not just any old car can enter as it must be at least 40 years old with significant value. However, there is still leeway for modifications, replicas, and “run-on” vehicles (made after 1972 but with no significant change from the older models) provided they are historically accurate.

Restoring and preserving classic cars is an art in itself. PHOTO BY LEANDRO MANGUBAT

While this may seem like a dream come true, actually completing the Tour de Cebu is quite challenging. Since these cars are at least 40 years old, they aren’t the most comfortable, the most convenient, nor the most reliable for driving 1,000km in changing conditions.

In spite of these, the Tour de Cebu is a special event because it allows classic-car owners to celebrate their passion for motoring and live out their fantasies of driving their prized possessions around countryside roads.

Leandro Mangubat

Leandro is our staff writer. Although having a background in mechanical engineering, he enjoys photography and writing more.