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.
More than 47,000 gearhead lovers congregated at Malaysia’s biggest indoor custom car and motorcycle show last 6 and 7 June at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park, Serdang (MAEPS).
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.
This event which is being held for the fourth time is organized by Initium Sdn Bhd with support from Tourism Malaysia and also Fast Bikes Sdn Bhd as the official motorcycle partner this year.
Four builders from Klang Valley including 3 workshops and 1 backyard builder competed against each other over 60 days to complete their creation with an initial budget of RM10,000 cash and parts worth RM2,500.00 given to each builder.
InGear, an automotive program in Astro Awani covered the work in progress and the show was aired every Saturday at 9.30pm starting March. The customized Triumph motorcycles were displayed at Art of Speed 2015 event where an International jury selected a winner.
[email protected] b Jumiran, custom builder of Eastern Bobber, a backyard builder based in Kajang was crowned as the winner in the Art Of Speed x Triumph invitational bike build-off 2015.
Omar won a 1-year contract as official custom builder with Fast Bikes Sdn Bhd, Triumph Motorcycles Exclusive Distributors in Malaysia & Trophy.
The other three selected custom builders were Hungry Ghost Customs Inc. (Ahmad Junaidi b Abd Aziz), Awesome Works Engineering (Sallehudin b Hj Hamzah) and Big Cat Motor Art (Hazuar b Hassan).
Anis Sabrina Mohd Sabaruldin, 33 years old, won the lucky pick and took home a customized Bonneville model from Triumph motorcycle built by Big Cat Motor Art (Hazuar b Hassan).
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.
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.
International automotive website; Speedhunters.com listed Art of Speed 2014 as one of the top events of the year in its calendar of events.
“We started off as a small event at a tiny corner in Publika Kuala Lumpur and are very happy that it has become a platform for the young and young at heart to learn, share and create friendships in a positive atmosphere,” said Asep.
The event also received a surprised visit by YB Khairy Jamaluddin, the Minister of Youth and Sports who arrived in style riding his own customised Triumph Bonneville T100. He rode in to the event hall with all the international guests and also Malaysian custom builders.
Among other attractions at Art of Speed this year were 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, Shorty from Pumpkin Sally Rod & Kustom Japan and art collective pinstripe group from Japan; Wildman, Makoto, Mr. G, Jetwrench and Boo.
Three custom built vehicles from Japan were at the show to share with Malaysians the caliber of international award winning custom vehicles. They were Nash Wagon, one Harley-Davidson pan head motorcycle and one Triumph motorcycle.
This year’s showcase included a curated indoor (100,000 square feet with air-cond hall) Show and Shine competition, FIM ASIA Supermoto Championship and MotoJamm featuring Aaron Twite from USA, Malaysian Supermoto Championship featuring local riders, 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, Star Wars costumed charity phototaking with UNICEF, a Soapbox Show & Go!, marketplace and a youth arena featuring an indoor skatepark.
A major attraction this year at Art of Speed 2015 was a spectacular two life-sized orange tracks measuring up to 12ft in height by Hotwheels in the air-conditioned hall. Two vehicles that had won awards in previous Art of Speed were showcased at the life-sized tracks.
Among other highlights were retailers at the marketplace, vintage and jeans market by PintuMerah and Tempatan Fest, which in overall featured more than 200 brands.
The winner of Best of Show motorcycle and automobile categories won package trips to the MOONEYES Yokohama Hotrod and Custom Show this coming December as Guest Of Honour.
Photos: The Spastick & Syawal