With the burgeoning growth of custom enthusiasts including 2 and 4 wheels customizers, die-cast toy collector, music and art genres, the organizer of Art of Speed aims to grow and make Malaysia as the hub of convergence to all custom lovers.
Art of Speed, Malaysia’s own homegrown OlSkool & Kustom Kulture event is taking things up another notch this year by introducing the AOS Triumph Invitational Bike Build-Off. The first of its kind to be held in Malaysia and aired on TV.
Fast Bikes Sdn Bhd and Art of Speed will be holding its inaugural “Triumph Motorcycles Invitational Bike Build-off” climaxing at Art of Speed Malaysia 2015 this coming 6 & 7 June at MAEPS Serdang.
Four builders from Klang Valley including 3 workshops and 1 backyard builder will be competing against each other over 60 days to complete their creation with an initial budget of RM10,000 cash and parts worth RM2500.00 given to each builder. InGear, an automotive program in Astro Awani will be covering the work in progress and the show will be aired every Saturday at 9.30pm starting this March. The customized Triumph motorcycles will be displayed at Art of Speed 2015 event where an International jury will select a Champion.
Among prizes to be won by the AOS Triumph Invitational Bike Build-Off Champion includes a 1-year contract as official custom builder with Fast Bikes Sdn Bhd, Triumph Motorcycles Exclusive Distributors in Malaysia, Trophy and much more.
A Public Choice award will also be presented and members of the public will be able to vote via a downloadable app for Android and IOS available soon from Art of Speed Malaysia 2015.
A lucky visitor to Art of Speed 2015 event stands a chance to win one of the customized Triumph motorcycle, choosing their favourite to take home from the line-up of four amazing builds.
Asep Ahmad Iskandar, the man behind Art of Speed said, “The Build-Off winner will not only win the title but builders selected will have the honour of participating in Malaysia’s first bike build-off and reap the benefits from exposure to new audience via TV and social media”.
Yang Berbahagia Datuk Razak Al-Malique, of Fast Bikes lauded this effort and supports the creativity and innovation displayed from such a program.
Apart from airtime on TV, mini web-episodes shot by award winning Directors Think Tank Production will also be aired on Art of Speed and InGear web and social media domains to bring viewers behind the scenes of this invitational bike build-off.
The 4 selected custom builders are Hungry Ghost Customs Inc. (Ahmad Junaidi b Abd Aziz), Awesome Works Engineering (Sallehudin b Hj Hamzah), Big Cat Motor Art (Hazuar b Hassan) and Eastern Bobber ([email protected] b Jumiran). All four will be customizing the motorcycles in open class and café racer categories.
Art of Speed 2015, organized by Switchblade Kuala Lumpur, stays close to its roots, retaining the tagline “Celebrating Art in Automotive Culture” that highlights the crossover of lifestyle and art but with more regional relevance.
Since its opening in 2009, SwitchbladeKL, which has been promoting the ‘So-Cal’ sub culture in Malaysia, is now even more vibrant – giving vintage hot rods, choppers, American muscle cars, retro Japanese vehicles, classic cars, art and music revolving around this lifestyle more exposure.
Art of Speed 2015 will also be a regional platform for enthusiasts around the region to gather and meet icons from beyond South East Asia. It also aims to inspire and market local creative products to international markets. This year, the event is supported by Tourism Malaysia, recognizing the burgeoning growth of visitors and fans of the custom culture scene from the region.
Among other attractions at Art of Speed this year will be the special appearance of Scott “T-Bone” Jones from Noise Cycles USA, Andy Carter from Pangea Speed USA, Shige Suganuma from MOONEYES Japan, Dino Dalle Carbonare from Speedhunters.com Japan, Kimura Kengo from Heiwa Motorcycles Japan, Masa from Luck MC Japan, The Nash from Burnout Magazine Japan and art collective pinstripe group from Japan; Wildman, Makoto, Mr. G, Jetwrench and Boo.
Three custom built vehicles will be at the show to share with Malaysians the caliber of international award winning custom vehicles. The three vehicles are specially brought in from Japan.
This year’s showcase will include a curated indoor (100,000 square feet with air-cond hall) Show and Shine competition, an outdoor concert organized by Pineapple Concert, MotoJamm featuring Aaron Twite from USA, an art gallery themed Moto Circus with local and international artists, Pin-Up Workshop, Kustom & Coffee Talk, Car & Motorcycle “Mascot” Run, children and family activities include Giant Bubble, Hotwheels and Star Wars costumed charity phototaking, a Soapbox Show & Go!, a youth arena featuring indoor skatepark and graffiti exhibition.
Among other highlights will be retailers at the marketplace, vintage and jeans market by PintuMerah and local brand indoor tradeshow by Tempatan Universe, which in overall will feature more than 200 brands.
The winner of Best of Show motorcycle and automobile categories will win trips to the MOONEYES Yokohama Hotrod and Custom Show this coming December which is believed to be the best kustom kulture show in the world.
More information about this event can be browsed at www.artofspeedmy.com
Words & Photos: AOSMY