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Tour de Cebu returns after two-year break

Only historic car rally in the Philippines slated Sept. 29-Oct. 3

Tour de Cebu

Some classic sports cars that will be participating in the 2022 edition of the prestigious Tour de Cebu are displayed at the NUSTAR Resort and Casino during a media launch on Monday, September 12, 2022. CDN Digital photo | Brian J. Ochoa

CEBU CITY, Philippines—Tour de Cebu, the country’s only 1000-kilometer historic car rally, is back to showcase some of the best sports cars manufactured in 1972 and older.

Organized by the Performance and Classics Enthusiasts (PACE) of Cebu with the support of the Manila Sports Car Club (MSCC), the 2022 edition of the Tour de Cebu will be held from September 29 to October 3, 2022.

The rally will bring participants through some of the many scenic spots of the Visayas, including the famous Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX). 

The seventh edition of the historic rally went on a two-year break due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some of this year’s entries in this touristic rally, which organizers call a “rolling museum,” are a 1979 Opel GT, 1957 MGA, 1972 Porsche 914, 1868 Alfa Romeo Giulia, 1965 Porsche 912, 1970 Lancia Fulvia Zagato, 1968 Mercedes Benz 280 SL, 1960 Porsche 356B Cabriolet, 1974 MGB, 1961 Jaguar XKE, 1972 Datsun 240Z, 1968 Porsche Targa, 1963 Corvette, 1974 Alfa Romeo Spider, 1966 Toyota Sports 800, 1966 Shelby Mustang, 1971 Lotus Europa, Michel Speedster, Michel Spyder, Kougar Jaguar, 1969 Alfa Romeo 1750 GTV, and a 1969 BMW 2002.

Car enthusiasts in Cebu can catch some of these sports cars displayed at the NUSTAR Resort and Casino on Thursday, September 29, starting at 1 p.m.

The motoring event, which was awarded the 2019 Sports Tourism Adventure Event of the Year by the Sports Tourism Awards Group, was launched in Cebu last Monday, September 12, at the Fili Lobby Lounge at the NUSTAR Resort and Casino.

Among those present in the media launch were noted Cebuano car enthusiasts from PACE Michael Lhuillier, Kenneth Cobonpue, Jay Aldeguer, and Chris Tio. Also present was racing legend Pepon Marave. 

Tour de Cebu

Multi-award winning Cebuano furniture designer Kenneth Cobonpue, who is also a classic sports car enthusiast and among the participants of the Tour de Cebu, speaks during the media launch of the 2022 edition of the rally at the Fili Lobby Lounge at the NUSTAR Resort and Casino. CDN Digital photo | Brian J. Ochoa

According to a press release, the Tour de Cebu “was originally conceptualized as a celebration of a decade of friendships formed and shaped by the open road, but has blossomed into a major driver for road tourism, highlighting the beautiful roads and highways as well as the many scenic spots that the Visayan islands have to offer.” 

The official list for Eligible sports cars shall be based on the official list as compiled by the MSCC, the press release said.

PACE grants limited exception for the following:

1. Classic Cars manufactured on or below the cut off date of 1972 with high historic value or unique provenance in the Philippines.

2. Classic period correct Race or Rally Cars manufactured on or below the cut off date of 1972, especially exhibiting high historical value or prestige.

3. Run On Sports Car models beyond the manufacturing cut off of 1972 are allowed pending technical consensus.

The seventh staging of the Tour de Cebu is sponsored  by Petron Blaze 100 Euro 6 (Official Fuel Sponsor), Vintage Grail , BE Resort (Official Hotel in Bohol), NUSTAR Resort and Casino (Official Hotel in Cebu), FASTCAT, Johnny Air Cargo, 103.5 Retro Cebu, Nature Spring,  Span Asia Carriers, ERUF, Cinco Automotive, Nice Day Carwash, and Toyota Team Cebu (Official Support Vehicle). 

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TAGS: Cebu motoring, PACE Cebu, Performance and Classic Enthusiasts, Tour de Cebu, Tour de Cebu 2022
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