THE PHILIPPINES' FINEST : THE MANILA SPORTS CAR CLUB

In these days of online connectivity, just about every car model has their own club, with memberships ranging from the dozens to the thousands.

Car clubs – whether of a specific genre or a specific model – are a great way to foster camaraderie that transcends traditional borders, and serve an ideal platform to exchange ideas and technical know-how for the preservation of the genre/model. 

What we have in our inaugural issue is no less than the oldest and best automotive club in the country, represented by distinguished vehicles owned by equally distinguished personalities. Carmudi Philippines catches up with Andy Sta. Maria, Manila Sports Car Club’s president, through MSCC’s racer-turned-carshow organizer secretary, Sophie de los Santos: 

Carmudi Philippines: When and where was the Manila Sports Car Club founded?

MSCC: The Manila Sports Car Club was founded in September, 1967 at the University of the Philippines campus in Diliman, Quezon City. 

CP: How many members were there upon establishment?

MSCC: Three members.

CP: How does one join the club? Is it by invitation or application? 

MSCC: It is quite easy to join the club, but ownership of a sports car is a requisite. One has to be endorsed by a member; if the applicant knows no members, he must attend a regular breakfast meeting, bring his sports car and introduce himself. A member present will usually endorse him.

CP: What vehicles qualify for the club? Is there a specific set of rules/criteria?

MSCC: The MSCC defines “sports car” as a car that is on its list of sports cars (see separate Sports Car list). The list is reviewed from time to time by the club’s trustees and stewards, especially when new sports car models are introduced or when an application is made 

Lamborghini Miura

Lamborghini Miura

for consideration. In general, only 2-door, 2-seater (or 2+2) cars with sporting intentions are admitted. A car based on a saloon or sedan are usually declined.

CP: Is there a membership fee? Annual fee? Maintenance fee? Other fees?

MSCC: The club subsists on annual member’s contributions.

CP: Who are the club’s current officers?

MSCC: We do not have permanent officers. We do have an acting chairman, currently Louie Camus, a board of trustees and a stewards committee – all of which are occupied in an acting capacity. The only actual officer is the club secretary, currently Sophie de los Santos.

CP: Are there any particular vehicles that stand out in the club? 

MSCC: Yes, a 1936 Morgan; 1948 MG TC; 1950 Ferrari 340 America; 1953 Jaguar XK120; 1954 Triumph TR2; 1955 Austin Healey Le Mans; 1957 Mercedes Benz Gullwing; 1959 Porsche 356A; 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta; 1962 Jaguar XKE; 1963 Lotus 23B; 1965 Toyota 2000GT; 1965 Shelby Cobra; 1966 Ferrari 330GT; 1969 Lotus Elan S4; 1970 Lamborghini Miura; 1971 De Tomaso Pantera; 1972 Ferrari 246GT; 1974 Ferrari 365 GT4/BB; 1976 Lancia Stratos; 2015 Morgan Three-Wheeler; 2014 Ferrari 458 Italia; 2015 and 2016 Aston Martin Vantage and Vanquish; 2016 Jaguar F-Type; 2016 Ferrari 488; several Porsches, including special and racing editions.

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CP: How often and where does the club meet?

MSCC: Every first Sunday of the month, without fail, at the Manila Polo Club.

CP: How many members are now in the club?

MSCC: MSCC proclaims that the actual members are the sports cars, not the owners. On that basis, there are over 500 members, with about 150 owners.

If you are interested in joining the Manila Sports Car Club, you may send an email to Sophie De Los Santos at slds222@gmail.com.

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Andy Sta. Maria with 1976 Lancia Stratos

Andy Sta. Maria with 1976 Lancia Stratos

Sophie De Los Santos

Sophie De Los Santos

CC Castro with his Austin-Healey 3000 and Sunbeam Harrington Le Mans GT

CC Castro with his Austin-Healey 3000 and Sunbeam Harrington Le Mans GT


Below is the full list of models that qualify for membership into the Manila Sports Car Club as of February 18, 2016:

AC

Ace, Aceca, Cobra

ALFA ROMEO

8C2300 (1931-34), Disco Volante (1952), SZ-1, SZ-2 (1959-61), TZ-1, TZ-2 (1965-88), Giulietta Spider (1955-62), Veloce (1955-62), Tipo 33 Stradale (1867-69), Duetto & Spider (1966-93), 126 Spider, Giulietta Sprint (to 1962), Veloce (1955-62), 8C Competizione (2007-2008). 4C (2013-14). By way of exception: 105 GT
Junior, 105 1750 and Sprint, 105 GTV and GTA; 4C (2014+)

ALPINE

A110

ARIEL

Atom

ASA

Ascari, Ecosse.

ASTON MARTIN

1 .5 lite Le-mans (1927-36); DB1 to 6; Vantage V8/V12 (2005-2015), Vanquish (2012+)

AUDI

R8 (2006+)

AUSTIN HEALEY

Sprite, 100, 100/6 (1956-59), 3000

BECK

550 (reproduction)

BERKELEY

B65 (1956-60)

BIZARRINI

GT Strada

BMW

328 (1936-39), 507 (1956-59), M1, Z1, Z3, Z4, Z8

BRICKLIN

SV-1 (1974-76)

BUGATTI
Types 35, 37, 55 (to 1932), EB110 (1991-1995), Veyron

CHEVROLET

Corvette

CISITALIA

1100 202 (1948-52)

DAIMLER

SP250 (1959-64)

DELOREAN

DMC 12

DE TOMASO

Mangusta, Pantera

DONKERVOORT

All models

ELVA

Courier

ERA

Cobra (reproduction), GT40 (reproduction)

FACEL VEGA

Facellz

FERRARI

All models except: 400 (1976+) & 412 (1985-89), 456 & 456 M (1992-2003), 612 Scaglietti (2004-10), FF (2011+).

FIAT

Balilia 11005 (1932-37), Otto Vu or V8 (1952-54), 1500/1600 (1959-67), 124
Spider & Coupe, Dino (1966-73), 850 Spyder (1968-73), X1/9

FORD

Ford GT, GT40. By exception: Shelby GT350 (1965-1966 only)

FRAZER NASH 

Le Mans Replica
(1948-55)

GINETTA

G4 (1961-68)

GUMPERT

Apollo

HEALEY

Silverstone (1949-50)

HONDA

S600 (1965-66), S800 (1966-70), NSX,
S2000 HRG 1500 (1946-54) 

ISO

Grifo, Rivolta

JAGUAR

SS 100 (1936-39), XK 120, 140 & 150, C-Type, D-Type & XKSS, XKE (incl. 2+2),
XJR-15 (1990-92), XJ220 (1992-94), F-Type (2013+)

JENSEN HEALEY

Jensen Healey (1972-76)

KOENIGSEGG

All models

LAMBORGHINI

All cars, except Espada

LANCIA

Aurelia B24 Spider (1955-56), Beta Monte Carlo (1975-84), Aurelia B20 GT (1951-53), Appia GTE Zagato (1960), Flaminia
GT (1956), Flaminia Supersport Zagato
(1958), Flavia Sport (1954-57), Stratos (1974-76), Zagato (1979)

LEXUS

LFA (2012 to 2014)

LOTUS

All models

MARCOS

1800, Mantula, TSI GTC, R/T

MASERATI

AGG 2000 (1954-57), 3500, Bora, Ghibli (1967-73), Khamsin, Merak, Mexico,
Mistral, Urraco, 4200 Spyder (2001- 2007)

MAZDA

Cosmo, RX7, Miata (Eunos, MX5)

MCLAREN

All models

MERCEDES BENZ

190SL (1954-62), 300SL (1954-62), 230SL, 250SL, 280SL (Pagoda 1962-72),
280SL 350SL, 450SL (1974-80), SLK (1998-2014), SLS AMG Gullwing (2010-2014), AMG GT/GTS (2015+).

MERCER

Raceabout (1911-14)

MG

K3 Magnette, M-Type Midget, D and J Series Midgets, all “T” Series, MGA, MGB, MGB GT, MGC, MGB GT, Midget,
MGF (1995-02)

MICHEL

TC (reproduction), TF (reproduction), Seven (reproduction), Cobra (reproduction), 550 (reproduction), Speedster (reproduction)

MORGAN

Aero, Suoer Sports Aero (1920-32), Grand Prix (1926), Super Sports (1927-39), Sports (1932-39); All post-war models, except Four-Seater

MOSSLER

MT900S, T, RGT3

NISSAN (DATSUN)

Fairlady 1500(SP310/SPL310, 1963-1965), 1600 (SP311/SPL311, 1965-1970), 2000 (SR311/SRL311, 1967-1970); Fairlady Z (1970-1978), 240Z, 260Z,
260Z, 280Z, 300ZX (Z31 body, shortwheelbase),
350Z, 370Z, Fairlady ZG,
240ZG, 432/432R. (Note: For all Nissans, only two-seat models are eligible)

NSU

Wankel Spider (1962-67)

OPEL

GT

PAGANI

All models

PORSCHE

All cars, except Panamera, Cayenne, Macan

RENAULT

Caravelle & Floride (allowed by way of exception), Sport Spyder (1999)

RILEY
Brooklands (1929-32), Sprite (1936-38), 2.5-Liter Roadster (1948-50)

SAAB

Sonnet

SALEEN

S7 (2000 - 07)

SINGER

Le-mans (1933-37), 4AD, Nine

SUBARU

By exception: BRZ (2012-2015)

SUNBEAM

Talbot Alpine (1953-55); Alpine,
Harrington Le Mans GT; Tiger

STUTZ

Bearcat

SUPERFORMANCE

Cobra, Daytona, Corvette Grand Sport
(reproductions), GT40 (continuation series)

TOYOTA

Sport 800; 2000 GT (1967-70); MR2, MRS. By exception: 86 (also known as Hachi-Roku, GT86, and Scion FR-S; 2012-2015).

TRIUMPH

TR2, 3, 3A, 3B, TR4 & 4A, TR5, 250, TR6, TR7, TR8, Spitfire (including GT & GT6)

TVR
All models to 2007