We meet Subaru’s new­est kids on the lot

Top Gear (Philippines) - - Car Culture -

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

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