From shiny American muscle cars to garage built Harley-Davidsons and Triumphs, those are some of the many uncanny sights greeting enthusiastic visitors to Art of Speed Asia 2014 that happened last June in KL.
Besides those who were present to witness it, many would have heard of the event that brought the local customization scene to the next level – organized by Switchblade Kuala Lumpur, a rock and roll boutique and avid enthusiast of Kustom Kulture.
Now, the organizer is bringing all the local icons on a tour to introduce the fascinating automotive culture to those who were not able to come to Kuala Lumpur to attend the show. Their first stop is Meru, Ipoh.
Art of Speed Asia collaborated with Tourism Perak Sdn Bhd (TPSB), a joint venture company with Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Perak (PKNP) and hosted AOS “Malaysia Icon Tour” in conjunction with “Blue Jackets Ipoh Speed Fest 2014” at Casuarina Hotel parking lot, Meru Ipoh last 13 and 14 September 2014.
Over the span of two days, it was estimated more than 20,000 visitors thronged the Art of Speed “Malaysia Icon Tour” boulevard area.
The jam-packed big weekend was filled with exciting activities such as games and lucky draw, BMX flatland demo, graffiti, live acoustic music, mini art gallery featuring pinstriping demonstrations, charity event for Gaza, Kustom & Coffee session and BBQ dinner.
Art of Speed “Malaysia Icon Tour” featured Best of Show 2013/14 winners; Chopper Ministry, Abah & Sons Co. Motoworks, Big Cat Motor Art, RM Restorations, G.A.F Speed Shop, TIGA, Nashr Abd Aziz, Kean Yap and Sean Eu.
Show and Shine participation recorded 100 entries from automobile, motorcycle and lowrider bicycle categories. The winners for the custom competition are:
- Best of Show Motorcycle Category – Dato Irwan Yusmaidi, EX5
- Best of Show Automobile Category – David Lee, Volkswagen Beetle
- Best of Show Lowrider Bicycle – Mohammad Fariz Minkom, Limousine lowrider
- Awesome Pick Motorcycle Category – Cedric Chin, Vespa Jobot
- Awesome Pick Automobile Category – Zakaria Idris Abu Bakar, BMW M3 E36
Wan Zamani Ahmad, 34 years old, who operates Rotten Motocycle Garage from Butterworth won the grand prize lucky draw. The prize is a Tour Package 7D/5N to Yokohama 23rd Annual Hot Rod & Custom Show 2014 which will be held on 7th December 2014.
Four pairs of Ray Ban Wayfarers were also given away to visitors and KS Tools generously sponsored two tool sets valued at RM1699 each to ‘Best Of Show’ Winners.
The festival was launched by YB Dato’ Harun Rawi, mayor of Ipoh city.
Words & Photos: AOSMY