We meet Subaru’s newest kids on the lot
As much as the WRX STI Club Philippines would like to welcome applicants who are not WRX/STI owners, the officers have to politely tell these aspirants that they can join the group once they bring home the Subaru model. This is why, according to founder Mark Anton David, it’s standard procedure for interested WRX and STI owners to send in photos of their cars during the membership-application process.
The club, however, does not discriminate between the Subaru WRX and WRX STI generation, body model, or even location of applicants. Home base for the group may be here in Manila, but the WRX STI Club Philippines has members as far as Baguio in the north and Zamboanga in the south. They even have members based in the USA, Canada, and the UAE. And the club’s dream? Host an event in Cebu or Bacolod by bringing their cars to Visayas.
What started on May 28th, 2017, as a group of nine friends has grown to more than 300 members in less than a month. Yes, the club is that young; it was as if WRX and STI owners were only waiting for an exclusive club of their own to be formed. The first official club meetup was held last June 24th at Filinvest Tent in Alabang. It was attended by 55 members.
According to Anton, the club was founded by car enthusiasts for the love of the Subaru boxer engine, and is not a money-making group. This group of Subarus even has the support of Motor Image Pilipinas (MIP), the local distributor of the Japanese brand in the country. In turn, it also supports MIP in all the company’s events and marketing activities. They even have a Subaru Festival in the works.
The WRX STI Club Philippines is fairly young, not even a year old, but with the noise they were able to create during the first official club event, we have no doubt these guys will grow to be strong Subaru disciples.
This parking lot is filled with love for the Subaru boxer engine A good turnout rate for the disciples of Subaru’s magic