Car Club

A su­per-busy hub for Forester and XV own­ers

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These guys love their Foresters and XVs.

‘We don’t want to call it fun runs—I think it con­notes a bad im­age, says Odin Bautista, founder and pres­i­dent of SFX Car Club.” “When we go for joy rides, we don’t drive in tight con­voys and it’s more like ‘drive at your own pace,”

It’s ob­vi­ous that SFX—or the Subaru Forester and XV Club of the Philip­pines—likes to keep it chill. It be­gan in 2014 through Face­book, when Odin was look­ing for a local sup­port group for fel­low Forester own­ers. His search only led him to for­eign groups. After an eye­ball with a stag­ger­ing head count of three peo­ple own­ing Foresters and XVs, the crew de­cided to cre­ate a club cater­ing to these two Subaru models (which share the same plat­form, any­way).

Nowa­days, SFX op­er­ates with 80 mem­bers and an ar­ray of part­ner­ships and spon­sor­ships with trusted shops and sell­ers. This way, ac­cord­ing to Odin, mem­bers can eas­ily get dis­counts and in­for­ma­tion through the club’s part­ners. That said, al­though SFX was es­tab­lished some time ago, Odin ad­mits it is still in the early stages of be­ing a club. The mem­bers hope to do a Philip­pine loop some­day, and maybe use their ve­hi­cles to pro­vide sup­port to those in need dur­ing re­lief op­er­a­tions.

How can Forester and XV own­ers join the SFX hub? You have to at­tend at least three events, and get en­dorse­ment from three of­fi­cial mem­bers. All vari­ants and year models of Foresters and XVs are wel­come.

The club’s of­fi­cial Face­book group has be­come a fo­rum for own­ers who are in need of Forester/XV in­for­ma­tion and tips; would-be own­ers look­ing for feed­back are known to lurk here, too, be­fore tak­ing the plunge and mak­ing a pur­chase. “The bot­tom line is, we all want more friends who share the same en­thu­si­asm when it comes to our ve­hi­cles,” Odin shares. “If you want sup­port, the Face­book group is here; if you want some­thing more, the club is here.”

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