Exotic cars, models light up Pattaya Motor Show

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It won’t be confused with its Bangkok big brother, but the Pattaya Motor Show drew plenty of admirers of exotic cars and the models who show them off.

Tasarath Meekhamsath, general manager of Central Festival Pattaya Beach opened the expo there Aug. 3.

The show featured fancy new cars, like the new KTM X-Bow ROC, the only one in Asia and one of only eight in the world. It is an ultra-light sports car for road and race use, produced by Austrian motorcycle manufacturer KTM.

Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh (left) and PBTA president Sinchai Wattanasartsathorn sit inside the new KTM X-Bow ROC, the only one in Asia and one of only eight in the world.Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh (left) and PBTA president Sinchai Wattanasartsathorn sit inside the new KTM X-Bow ROC, the only one in Asia and one of only eight in the world.

It is the first car in their product range and was launched at the Geneva Motor Show in 2008.

Other fancy vehicles included the BMW 218i Active Tourer and the new Porsche Cayman 2.7.

The show also featured vehicles from other brands including BMW, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, Audi, and more. There were big bikes as well from Yamaha, Suzuki, Ducati, Platinum and more.

Of course, the big draw at any motor show for many are the “pretties,” the models hired to show off the cars. Pattaya did the usual pretties parade one better, organizing a Miss Pattaya Motor Show 2015 pageant.

Saranya Siripreecha, 22, from Bandit University in Bangkok took first place and a 20,000 baht cash prize.

Lalitha Hongsamatha from Ramkhamhaeng University won second place and 15,000 baht while Hatya Worndechakulwath from Burapha University took the 10,000-baht third place.

The 2,000 baht Miss Photogenic award went to Jirarath Pisapanfrom from Rangsit University. Other awards included Miss Smart Car, Miss Beauty Model, and Miss Nature Blink.

In addition, the Sirianan Group gave away a one-year membership card worth 29,900 to contestant Narandornjutha Panyasook for the Sirianan Gym.