Friday, November 27, 2015

Bumper to Bumper XI: A Theme Park for Car Crazies!

Bumper to Bumper is back! And its happening on December 5 and 6 at the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds!

I am a certified car show nut. But, there are only a few car shows I look forward to and Bumper to Bumper XI is most definitely at the top of that list. So when it was time for their press conference, I was literally one of the first ones there!


Being the longest running car show and automotive lifestyle event in the country, if a self proclaimed "car guy" does not know what "B2B" is, he should be stripped off of that title. Now on its 11th year, Bumper to Bumper XI features the biggest production setup in any car show in Asia. Yes, in Asia.

"Filipinos love car shows because we can relate to the cars we see. It is always a delight for us to see so many nice cars in one place. You can always see the excitement in people's eyes when they are in a car show and you also know deep inside that they feel inspired—that one day, they will also have these upgrades or these kind of rides in their garage," Jonathan Chio, CEO of Ladder Events Production.

Mr. Jonathan Chio, CEO of Ladder Events Production
 This hit me right in the heart. I can still remember my first B2B experience and it never left me. Seeing all those stunning cars in one place, was more than anything, an extremely inspirational experience. I was served with car after car with modifications that I never even thought was possible. My mind was blown. It opened me up to a whole other level of car set ups!

Mr. Chio with the official B2B muse!
One fact that sets Bumper to Bumper apart from the other car shows, is that they are the only one that travels across the country. Aside from Manila, they go to 10 key cities, including Baguio, Batangas, Cebu, Davao, General Santos, Iloilo, Laguna, La Union, Pampanga and Pangasinan. The car enthusiasts and car clubs from outside the capital are definitely in on the fun and representing their hometown loud and proud. 

Boys, surely they will keep you entertained, yes?
"Bumper to Bumper Car Show is like a theme park of sorts, a theme park for car enthusiasts. We have a wide array of vehicles on display, we have full blown entertainment to fill in your time, and we have unique activities all the time during the event." says Chio.

The event usually attracts a crowd of 70,000 enthusiasts and spectators, and this year it will be bigger and better! The activities are divided into two categories - Pro and Street. There will be the car show, off-road vehicle display competition, engine roar competition (my personal fave!), drive-in movie, dance showdown, concert, and Sneaker Fever Manila for the sneaker-heads out there! They are targeting over 400 car entries and over 100 car show models. Whew! Imagine all this in one event. Make sure you bring some sort of energy drink!

The Bumper to Bumper Babes! See more of these lovely ladies on B2B XI!
Bumper to Bumper is one, if not the most sought after car shows in the country. According to Chio, shops that didn't have the budget for bigger car shows got their break through B2B. Now they have turned into house-hold names. The event has served as a playground for aspiring models and photographers and even bloggers like myself. But most of all, Bumper to Bumper has become an event where friendships are formed, and car clubs are strengthened.

Every time I'm off to a Bumper to Bumper event, I know it will not disappoint. If its awesome cars you want, its awesome cars you will get. I always leave with my mind going a million revolutions a minute thinking about that new engine modification, that new paint color or that custom-made body kit and how it would look or feel on my car. There are always moments in a car enthusiast's life where you feel like you've reached a dry spell. The passion is there, but the drive seems to weaken. I guarantee you, five minutes in at the Bumper to Bumper event, and you will be recharged! I cannot wait to see what's in store for us this year!

I know what I'm wearing to MOA!

Bumper to Bumper XI is presented by, Total Excellium, PenserQ Multimedia Company, Repsol Motor Oils, No Fear Apparel, Task Us, SM Mall of Asia, and Chevrolet Philippines, among others.

More events to look forward to this coming 2016 include:

  • B2B Car Show in Sinulog (January)
  • "Hot Import Nights V Manila" to be held at Metro Tent, Metrowalk (April 23 and 24)
  • "Hot Import Nights Davao" to be held at The Peak in Davao City
  • (First-ever) Race Wars Unlimited Philippines
Ladder Events Production together with Penser Q Multimedia Company. The genius brains behind Bumper to Bumper.
                   Thank you for giving car enthusiasts something to look forward to every year! :)


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