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
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.
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 email@example.com.
Below is the full list of models that qualify for membership into the Manila Sports Car Club as of February 18, 2016:
Ace, Aceca, Cobra
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+)
1 .5 lite Le-mans (1927-36); DB1 to 6; Vantage V8/V12 (2005-2015), Vanquish (2012+)
Sprite, 100, 100/6 (1956-59), 3000
328 (1936-39), 507 (1956-59), M1, Z1, Z3, Z4, Z8
Types 35, 37, 55 (to 1932), EB110 (1991-1995), Veyron
1100 202 (1948-52)
Cobra (reproduction), GT40 (reproduction)
All models except: 400 (1976+) & 412 (1985-89), 456 & 456 M (1992-2003), 612 Scaglietti (2004-10), FF (2011+).
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 GT, GT40. By exception: Shelby GT350 (1965-1966 only)
Le Mans Replica
S600 (1965-66), S800 (1966-70), NSX,
S2000 HRG 1500 (1946-54)
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 (1972-76)
All cars, except Espada
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)
LFA (2012 to 2014)
1800, Mantula, TSI GTC, R/T
AGG 2000 (1954-57), 3500, Bora, Ghibli (1967-73), Khamsin, Merak, Mexico,
Mistral, Urraco, 4200 Spyder (2001- 2007)
Cosmo, RX7, Miata (Eunos, MX5)
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+).
K3 Magnette, M-Type Midget, D and J Series Midgets, all “T” Series, MGA, MGB, MGB GT, MGC, MGB GT, Midget,
TC (reproduction), TF (reproduction), Seven (reproduction), Cobra (reproduction), 550 (reproduction), Speedster (reproduction)
Aero, Suoer Sports Aero (1920-32), Grand Prix (1926), Super Sports (1927-39), Sports (1932-39); All post-war models, except Four-Seater
MT900S, T, RGT3
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)
Wankel Spider (1962-67)
All cars, except Panamera, Cayenne, Macan
Caravelle & Floride (allowed by way of exception), Sport Spyder (1999)
Brooklands (1929-32), Sprite (1936-38), 2.5-Liter Roadster (1948-50)
S7 (2000 - 07)
Le-mans (1933-37), 4AD, Nine
By exception: BRZ (2012-2015)
Talbot Alpine (1953-55); Alpine,
Harrington Le Mans GT; Tiger
Cobra, Daytona, Corvette Grand Sport
(reproductions), GT40 (continuation series)
Sport 800; 2000 GT (1967-70); MR2, MRS. By exception: 86 (also known as Hachi-Roku, GT86, and Scion FR-S; 2012-2015).
TR2, 3, 3A, 3B, TR4 & 4A, TR5, 250, TR6, TR7, TR8, Spitfire (including GT & GT6)
All models to 2007