Exotic cars, safety highlight Pattaya Motor Show

Friday, 10 August 2012 From Issue Vol. XX No. 32 By  Sunturak Sangdokmai

Cars and motorcycles from 27 manufacturers revved up Central Festival Pattaya Beach for 2012 Pattaya Motor Show.

Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome and Mall General Manager Saran Tantichamnan opened the mall’s third-annual show July 28-Aug. 5, which covered two floors of the beachfront mall.

(From left) Katsuhiko Yasudka, President of Mitsuoka Motor Sales (Thailand) Co., Ltd.; Chanyuth Hengtrakul advisor to the Deputy Interior Minister; Santsak Ngampichet, Phalangchol MP, Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome, Saran Tantichamnan General Manager of Central Festival Pattaya Beach; Poramet Ngampichet, Chonburi MP and Athapol Vannakit, director of TAT Pattaya Office.(From left) Katsuhiko Yasudka, President of Mitsuoka Motor Sales (Thailand) Co., Ltd.; Chanyuth Hengtrakul advisor to the Deputy Interior Minister; Santsak Ngampichet, Phalangchol MP, Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome, Saran Tantichamnan General Manager of Central Festival Pattaya Beach; Poramet Ngampichet, Chonburi MP and Athapol Vannakit, director of TAT Pattaya Office.

The exhibition saw the debut of the 3.7 million baht Mitsuoka New View and 19 million baht Bentley Continental GT. It also showcased the hand-made Spyker C8 Double 12 sports car.

The region’s top automotive manufacturers - including Mercedes Benz, BMW, Lexus, Lotus, Lamborghini, Porche, Volvo, Nissan, Toyota, Ford, Chevrolet , Kawasaki, Vespa, Yamaha, and Honda - were on hand to show off and sell their latest models.

Winners of the Miss Pattaya Motor Show 2012 pose for a picture with the judges.Winners of the Miss Pattaya Motor Show 2012 pose for a picture with the judges.

Safety was a big part of the exhibition, with seminars on traffic laws and opportunities for drivers to renew their licenses.

While many male attendees were disappointed the cars stood alone, and not shown off by motor show “pretties,” a ground-floor stage did offer up sexy celebrities, such as Luktan Arisa Will and music from Girly Berry, Tai Chatdaporn, Jensuda Panto, The Star and N’ Namtan.

F1 fans were able to get a close-up look at a Lotus F1 car.F1 fans were able to get a close-up look at a Lotus F1 car.

The Spyker C8 Double12, worth over 32 million, is reputedly the only hand-made luxury car in Thailand.The Spyker C8 Double12, worth over 32 million, is reputedly the only hand-made luxury car in Thailand.

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