Late on a Saturday night, I received an SMS from a friend asking whether I would like to join a classic car drive on Sunday. It was an invitation I’ve been dreading to go since it’s been quite a while since I stretched my legs on the clutch and accelerator on a spirited drive instead being stuck in the infamous congestion for two lardy hours everyday coming home from work.
It would be stress-relieving and so I thought. And so, early Sunday morning Hazwan and I made our way to the meet-up point at Petronas station in Gombak, the one with Burger King attached to it. Making our way there was fun enough as there were a couple of friendlies speeding around the road, zig-zagging and pushing the machines to be ahead of each other. I’d say it was my kind of morning.
As we arrived, there were a number of KE70s, an El Camino and a cute yellow KE30. The prospect of going head-to-head on a touge session with ’em KE70s had me both terrified and ecstatic. I’ve heard of the level a KE70 can be modded on a tight budget achieving crazy power increases. When we made a move without ’em KE70s towards another meet-up point… I was relieved and yet wondered what awas the itinerary for the day. Would there be a touge session or just a meet-up or better known among Malaysians as TT session.
From there on, we moved to Genting Sempah. It turned out to be a TT session organized by OSPAC (Olskool Pahang Crews). We’re one of those who arrived early. The yellow KE30 had a friendly match and went ahead towards the next meet-up point at Karak town with the OSPAC members.
As the clock striked 10am, quite a number of cars came into the underground car park of Genting Sempah. I had the thought that I should be moving my Green snail… as it looked out of place among the old Japanese classics. By the time I’ve made my mind, my Green snail was already blocked… the car park was full to the brim. What I thought to be a mere TT session turned out to be a massive one. There were about 240 cars of different makes and mind you… most of them were modded, stock was not an option.
With quite a number of clubs gathered at the underground car park, it was quite a sight to behold. I never thought a TT session would be so big with support from not just one but many members of different clubs from different states in Malaysia. Some went a mile further and took the opportunity to make some dough selling stuffs you’d never think of… classic car-related of course.
Even though it was not what I expected… but going for a TT session after years of being absent from one turned out to be fun and enlightening in a way. ‘Ol Japanese classics’ owners do flock together despite driving different makes and models, mingling around and making friends regardless of where they came from. It’s all about Japanese classics and that’s that. Kudos to all!
words: hage’ pix: Hazwan Najims