Club Mazda PH president Robert Chan talks about how cars extend beyond his work in the club
You’d think that as the president of Club Mazda PH, Robert Chan would own a lot of Mazdas. And you’d be right.
“I own a 2005 Mazda3 hatchback, a 2006 Mazda3 sedan, a 2013 Mazda3 sedan and a 2014 Mazda3 hatchback,” he said. “I’m actually planning to buy my fifth one, an MX-5, soon.”
Chan said he enjoys owning and driving Mazdas because these feel special. “When the first-generation Mazda3 became popular in 2005, it was like the luxury sedan of the compact-car segment,” he said.
This keen insight isn’t just because of his involvement with the club. Chan’s understanding of cars and the automotive market has been honed by over 15 years of experience as a second-hand car dealer. Aside from being the owner of Red Central Auto Exchange in North EDSA, Quezon City, he also runs Glowen 88 Autohub in Antipolo City, Rizal.
“Red Central is our second-hand car showroom, while Glowen 88 is a one-stop shop for paint, washing and detailing, body kits and sound systems,” said Chan’s wife, Grace.
Chan was elected president of Club Mazda PH in October 2014. Aside from managing the club’s daily operations, he said he also helps handle the club’s Facebook page where he not only answer queries about the cars, but also weeds out members who only use the page for personal gain.
Mazda Philippines relationship manager Sherlyn Co said Chan not only established clear policies and guidelines for the club, but also registered it with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
“Club Mazda PH is actually the most legitimate of all the clubs we work with,” Co said. “Before, the club was just a group of friends hanging out. But now, he really encourages members to join club activities.”
Despite the headway he has achieved, Chan said he is hoping to make the club more pro-active. “I want to see more bona fide members of the club, as well as more members helping each other out,” he said.