The Shell Turbo Chargers
is a former Philippine Basketball Association
team under the ownership of Pilipinas Shell Corporation. Shell has been a member of the PBA since 1985
when the team filed for a leave of absence
after the season. Shell sold its franchise to PBL team Welcoat Paints
in February 2006.
Shell has won four PBA championships, two of those were from 1998-1999. Aside from the Turbo Chargers moniker, Shell also carried the monikers of Shell Azudrin Bugbusters
, Shell Azocord
, Shell Oilers
, Shell Rimula X
, Formula Shell Super Unleaded
, and Shell Velocity
Shell acquired the franchise of the famed Crispa Redmanizers
for a reported two million peso deal. In Shell's first season, the team was dubbed as Shell Azudrin Bugbusters and acquired several remnants of the Crispa franchise in Philip Cezar and Bernie Fabiosa
plus a former redmanizer William Bogs Adornado from Great Taste. under head coach Freddie Webb. Shell got its first All Filipino finals berth against Great Taste when they defeated Ginebra in a do-or-die game.
The following season in 1986, Shell carried the name Pilipinas Shell Oilers, Shell Helix and Formula Shell Spark Aiders respectively with Olympian Ed Ocampo taking over from Freddie Webb who resigns as Shell coach midway in the semifinals of the first conference, Shell remain a hard-luck team with national coach Joe Lipa becoming Shell's third coach in 1987 3rd conference, as the team was now known as Shell Azocord Super... Read More