A super-busy hub for Forester and XV owners
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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