Pace brings back Tour de Cebu rally
A ONE OF a kind race is back as the Performance and Classics Enthusiasts of Cebu (Pace), in cooperation with the Manila Sports Car Club will stage the 2nd Tour de Cebu: A 1,000-Kilometer Historic Rally Across the Visayas on Oct. 3-5.
The second edition of the event, inspired by the notable Mille Miglia event in Italy, is expected to attract 35 participants and is looking to finally cover both Cebu and the Negros Island, including the cities of Bacolod and Dumaguete.
In the first edition held Dec. 5-7 last year, which drew 25 vintage car enthusiasts, the route was changed at the last minute as bad weather prevented the participants from crossing to Negros Island.
Participants composing of some of the country’s prominent personalities is in for a tough challenge.
“The challenge is arriving on time. It’s really just a man and machine with your driving skills on the road,” Pepon Marave, a five-time Formula 3 Driver of the Year awardee from ProDynamix Management Inc., said in the event’s press launching last Aug. 7 at Cafe Racer.
Tour de Cebu, sponsored by Sun Life Financial, Petron and Nissan Cebu, is open to sports cars manufactured in 1972 or older. A committee will subject the entries to technical scrutiny. Major factors for passing include authenticity, period correctness, mechanical soundness and safety. Run-off sports car models beyond the manufacturing cut-off period are allowed pending consensus.
Leading up to the race, Pace will be holding a two-day Concours d’ Elegance on Oct. 2-3 at the Montebello Villa Hotel. The event will be part of the car club’s 10th anniversary celebration.
For more information, interested parties may contact Sophie de los Santos, president of the Tradeshow Inc., at mobile number 0917-8132694 or at [email protected] /PALOMPON INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY INTERN JAY-ILEEN ENGALLA
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