Art of Speed 2014: An event with international flair

Published on June 9th, 2014

I don’t know about the rest of you guys and gals out there, but it has been quite some time since I stumbled to a motoring event that has an international flair to it.

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Yup… it was held during the weekend and some might say I’m a bit more than late getting it up on the web… but the event was way above my expectation, I’m at lost to put everything into words. When I say international flair, it ranges from the booths, the rides both two-wheel and fours even down to the crowd.

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I first heard of Art of Speed was back when it was first held in Publika last two years. Juggling three jobs proved to be quite taxing and so I missed the event altogether.

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Thanks to Facebook and a whole lot of friends who posted pictures of the event, I was dumbfounded and regretted not being there to witness the event firsthand.

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Back then there were less than 50 rides were showcased, nevertheless it was an event worthy enough to be mentioned and promoted throughout the year.

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The concept of showcasing art and rides made it something different compared to other motoring-based event we’ve get used to here in Malaysia. Hence the name Art of Speed. Last year, Switchblade KL; organizer of Art of Speed (AOS13) took the event a step further.

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With a bigger venue, the outdoor parking lot of Citta Mall, the numbers of rides were more than doubled and a close scrutiny by the organizers kept the quality above the rest.

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We managed to join in the fun and it was time worth spent. This year, AOS2014 was held at Citta Mall again and it was bigger than the previous year. The rides were doubled compared to the previous year especially the bikes segment.

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The quality build of the bikes was astounding with more and more builders joining AOS2014.

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Being one of the judges alongside with the international guests of Kustom Kulture’s godfathers such as Mooneyes Japan, Rocky Auto Japan, Flat 4 Tokyo, Kutsom Kulture Produktion Japan, Speedhunters.com, Rough Crafts Taiwan and Air Runner Custom Paint Studio from Taiwan… it was not as easy as I thought it would be as most of the custom cars and bikes were of phenomenal level of build.

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However, the participation on cars category were not as what we’d expected in terms of numbers.

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The numbers might have been contributed by the increase of other car show events held here in Malaysia. It’s either that or the increasing numbers of participation in the bike segment gave an impression of lesser numbers than the previous years. Nevertheless, the car categories were just as good as the bikes with more builders went all out in terms of creativity to showcase their builds.

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This year’s showcase included a Show and Shine competition, a custom motorcycle area, stage acts, an art gallery themed Moto Circus curated by Bone Alfie and the District Shop-Gallery with local and international artists, children and family activities which includes Giant Bubble, Tamiya, Hotwheels and Star Wars costumed charity phototaking, a Soapbox Show & Go!, a youth arena featuring skateboard and BMX and graffiti exhibition. Astro Awani also launched the fifth season of their automotive show called InGear at this event.

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Among other highlights were retailers at the marketplace, vintage and jeans market by PintuMerah and local brand bazaar by Tempatan Fest which in overall featured more than 150 brands.

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Kudos to Hatish Mayer and Ali Garerro Classic who won the Best of Show competition respectively in the Automobile and Motorcycle categories. Both of them won a trip to the Mooneyes Yokohama Hotrod and Custom Show in this coming December, which is believed to be the best Kustom Kulture show in the world.

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Nevertheless, the Kustom Kulture and Hot Rod scene which previously was none existence here in our very own backyard before it was brought forward in Art of Speed and we’re awed by the following with more than 80,000 visitors including from Malaysia, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Brunei, Hong Kong and Spain flooded the shopping mall over the two-day event.

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There might not be as much hotrods as it is back in the States and Japan, but it will just be a matter of time before more of the builders jump the bandwagon and build hotrods here in Malaysia. A combination of arts, custom bikes and cars is a sure-fire to gather up crowd of different backgrounds.

List of winners

BEST OF SHOW Motorcycle Category – Ali Garerro Classic (Malaysia), Triumph Board/Flat Tracker, hand built by Tengku Fuazman Dinkhalish @ King

BEST OF SHOW Automobile Category – Hatish Mayer (Malaysia), Chevrolet Impala Year 1968 Fastback model. Customized and restored by Mayer Carz and Restorations

MOONEYES PICK – Lawson Lee (Malaysia), 1966 Volkswagen Beetle

DJAN’S PICK – Putra Darmagita (Indonesia), 2000 Honda Supra

INGEAR’S SUPER SPECIAL – Joshua Boey (Malaysia), 1985 Mitsubishi L300 Delica

SPEEDHUNTER’S PICK – Sean Eu (Malaysia), 1983 Toyota Corolla KE70

TRIUMPH MALAYSIA’S PICK – Big Cat Motor Art (Malaysia), 1983 Honda CG125

Motorcycle Category

·  Open Class/Freestyle/Chopper – Abah & Sons Motoworks Co. (Malaysia)

·  Bobber/Jap Style – Abdul Rahman Bullah (Malaysia)

·  Modified Harley-Davidson – Beautiful Machines (Malaysia)

·  Cafe Racer/Street Fighter/Pro Street – Arman Ahmad (Malaysia)

·  Restored Classic Scooter – TIGA (Malaysia)

·  Street Cub & Choppy – Muhammad Syahiran Ahmad Sakir (Malaysia)

·  Restored Retro Japanese – Tunku Khwarizmi Tunku Zainol (Malaysia)

·  Restored Classic Continental and American – Faizal Yusop (Malaysia)

 

Automobile Category

·  Custom Retro Japanese – Muhammad Fauzi Mohd Shah (Malaysia)

·  Custom Retro Pick-up – Mohd Yusri Abd. Wahab (Malaysia)

·  Street Custom & Hot Rod – Noel Chua (Malaysia)

·  Custom VW Air-Cooled – Nashr  Abd. Aziz (Malaysia)

·  Mod Stance (Late Model Post 1992) – Soon Jun Xing (Malaysia)

·  Street Machine – Hatish Mayer (Malaysia)

·  Custom Continental – Ungku Mohd Nazrin (Malaysia)

 

Special Category

Lowrider Bikes – Fariz Minkom (Malaysia)

Words: hage’  Photos: Zahid Kasim

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