Last August 25th 2016 may have been the grandest ‘Throwback Thursday’ in Philippine history as one of the top US-based cable network the History Channel conquered Manila. Celebrating its first entertainment convention, the History Con 2016 was held at the World Trade Center in Pasay city. The event featured lots of activities, celebrities, historical artifacts, aliens, vintage cars and craziest custom bike builds in the country.
Bike builders and motorcycle clubs such as the New And Old School gathered in this one-of-a-kind event to share the crowd their pride and joy. Royal Enfield and Hardcore Brothers Custom brought out their big guns like the ’El Hijo De Puta’ or the modified Royal Enfield Classic 500 which led its team of custom built bikes, gracing the event with its ‘overwhelming’ machismo.
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Passionate custom bike builder Elmer Reyes of Laguna Choppers from San Pablo, Laguna rounded up their garage’s finest creations at the venue.
Damon Ranyun and Ian Matthews of Gangland Undercover announced the official “History Con Chopper” crafted by Mr. Elmer Reyes and his team of builders from Laguna Choppers.
Motobuilds Pilipinas’ Bike Build-off contenders, Jerry Formoso Kustoms, Marfori Customs, Tokwa Party garage and Ylagan Customs were at the scene to display their rare kind of swag.
Classic automobiles like our very own Sarao Jeepney is definitely a blast from the past that gave an authentic vibe at the scene.
Featured presidential service vehicles brought us to different era’s of our government’s history.
Manuel L. Roxas’ Fleetwood Cadillac 75
Jose P. Laurel’s Packard 180
Emilio Aguinaldo’s Packard Single Six
The booth of Royal Enfield looked a lot like a cafe racer’s walk-in closet with leather jackets and boots displayed alongside classy motorbikes like the Bullet Classic 500 and Continental GT 535 parked all over the place.
The event was full of all sorts of crowd for 4 straight days and there was never a dull moment.
Encountering different cultures in a huge event was a unique experience. And revisiting our country’s past has never been this engaging.
A historical moment for every filipino and every bike rider in the country.
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Words by Alwyn Uytingco
Photos by Alwyn Uytingco and Mike Eijansantos