In the last few years the trend of having a daily-driven ol’skool car has picked up tremendously among youngsters. There’s quite a staggering number of these cars being restored and some modified to the owners’ liking.
I can still remember back then when I was still in school, being driven or even driving these old cars would mean being scorned and ridiculed by schoolmates endlessly. My dad used to have a Mini in dark green with white top and it was the car I learned how to drive in, without my dad’s consent.
It was never easy to take the Mini out as I had to resort to marking all four tyres at the exact spot my dad left the car… with the help of masking tape and a number of delinquent friends. It was fun getting away with it but it was short-lived as one day I fell asleep at 90mp/h and hit a concrete wall.
Nowadays, there are even girls driving these ol’skool machines that attract the opposite sex of motorheads to gather up their guts and approach them, more often than not the pick-up lines consisted of asking about the car that they drive. A totally different scenario back then in the 90’s when I went driving the Mini as the girls giggled girlishly, not out of admiration for the car or the driver but more of the teasing kind.
Old School Mega Gathering or better known as OMG was first held back in 2009 and ever since its inception, the numbers of cars displayed rapidly grew along with the interest and passion of the enthusiasts and the public as well.
OMG4 was held at the Level 6 of TBS (Terminal Bersepadu Selatan) car park area, a welcome change of venue as the previous event had the cars, participants and spectators either all drenched due to the torrential rain or drenching wet in sweat all thanks to the scorching sun.
Ol’skool enthusiasts drove all the way as far as up north from Penang and the opposite to participate in OMG4. There were more than 600 ol’skool cars of different makes and modification and since the Level 6 can’t accommodate the huge participation, some of the enthusiasts had to park their beloved at Level 5, 4 and 3.
It was our first time coming to OMG and the cars had us swooning over them all throughout the event. For once in our beloved country, we came to an autoshow worth the time and sweat. It was an awesome feat by the organizer as it was held without any sponsorship at all. It was sheer passion that drives them, both the organizer and participants to held the best gathering cum autoshow we’ve been to up to now. Nope, the organizer didn’t pay us any amount of money to say this. It really was that good!
Nevertheless, with a huge event comes problems such as entrants and spectators that skipped paying the parking ticket and got the organizer into trouble with the venue management. Littering was another complaint that the organizer had to face and explain to the venue management. To top it all up, someone went all out and did a burnout! It would be impossible to eradicate all the problems and get it perfectly-run as some of us can be utterly selfish and insensitive buggers to say the least.
We at Traffic, are looking forward to OMG5 as we missed some of the best-looking ol’skoolers, being stylishly late Malaysian-style. The numbness of our legs was overbearing and being teased by the cars was just too much too handle for us. Congrats to all the winners of OMG4. You guys and gals sure rock our weekend that day.
words: Hage’ pix: Jeo & Hazwan Najims