Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Art of Speed, Malaysia’s very own homegrown ‘Old-Skool and Kustom Kulture’ event, was held last weekend. The annual event is targeted at all motor heads while showcasing the local custom scene comprising of cars and bikes, art galleries as well as interactive activities and exciting lucky draw give aways!
Held at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park, Serdang (MAEPS), from the 28th to 29th July 2018 10:00am – 7:00pm. The show was attended by over 45,000 visitors across both days.
Cars and bikes enthusiasts had the chance to meet international guests:
1. James Ken Blackmon and Wilburlavard Thomas III from Trico; USA
2. Dean Ian Micetich and Jimmy Dean Horn Jr. from Dice Magazine; USA
3. Mark Arcenal from Illest/Fatlace; USA
4. Jeff Holt from V-Twin Visionary Magazine; USA
5. Nau Shima and Yuki Hitomi from Tokyo Indians MC; Japan
6. Ray Luke Matthew Bellerby from Fuel Tank Magazine; Australia
7. Geoffrey Douglas Baldwin from Return of the Café Racers; Australia
8. Makoto Watanabe from Chopper Journal Magazine; Japan
9. Yoshida Shinya from YENC Magazine, Japan
10. Kanda Manabu from Kalifornia Look Magazine, Japan
11. Dino Dalle Carbonare from Speedhunters.com; Japan
12. The Nash from Burnout Magazine; Japan
13. Shige Suganuma and Hiro “Wildman” Ishii from MOONEYES
14. Gen from Love Ear Art; Japan
15. Ken Sugihara from Fustyworks; Japan
16. Mr. G Tiki Art & Pinstriping; Japan
17. Makoto M&K Custom Signs; Japan
18. Cynar from Japan
19. Daisuke Sakon from Kustomstyle; Japan
Special highlights for AOS 2018 included Art of Speed Invitational Bike Build Off 2018 powered by PETRONAS, saw eight builders from Malaysia and Singapore vying for RM10,000 cash prize (jury selection) & RM5,000.00 cash prize (public choice).
The competing builders were Rusty Factory from Ipoh, Perak; Soul Garage from Sungai Petani, Kedah; JZ Engineering & Services from Pasir Gudang, Johor; No Die Cycles from Ampang, Selangor; Beautiful Machines from Kuala Lumpur; Dstreet Customs from Singapore; Kenstomoto from Kuala Lumpur and Skateture Custom Works from Kuching, Sarawak.
The build off saw last year’s champ maintain his crown again. The overall jury pick winner was an astonishing well-customised BMW R75/6 built by Muhammad Khalid Musa from Rusty Factory. The 31 year-old from Ipoh walked away with the Public Choice award too with the highest amount of votes beating out the other seven builders.
Hot Wheels also celebrating its 50th Anniversary at Art of Speed 2018 with Dmitriy Shakhmatov, Global Hot Wheels Product Design Manager in attendance. Shakhmatov was travelling to Malaysia from the US as part of the Hot Wheels Southeast Asia Tour and held a meet and greet at the event.
He also unveiled the Car Culture 2019 designs made in collaboration with RWB Porsche as well as celebrating the life-sized RWB Porsche 911 which has been made into a Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary model. The model's preview at Art of Speed was the first time it was revealed to the public.
The HOUSE OF VANS Skateboard/BMX Competition and art workshop was an exciting section with plenty of activities for children, teenagers and the young at heart.
Hail Vintage 2018 featured a vintage denim exhibition, which included vintage denim from 1870, with a collection valued at over RM1,000,000 They also hosted a vintage collectible market.
Shamsul Yunos from Engear hosted our annual Kustom & Koffee Talk inside Hall A together with overseas panelists such as Jimmy Dean from Dice Magazine, Mark Arcenal from Illest & Fatlace, Will from Trico, Geoff from The Return of Café Racers, Luke from Fuel Tank and Dmitry from Hot Wheels. The forum talked about the latest trends in bike and car industries. Major bike manufactuers like Ducati and Kawasaki also hosted product launches during AOS.