Malaysia – The 8th Annual Art Of Speed (2019 AOS) was held at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park, Serdang (MAEPS). It was another successful year for Malaysia’s premier Old-Skool & Kustom Kulture event, with a crowd attendance of over 55,000 across both days.
The showcase of customized vehicles from overseas – which have been a featured attraction of Art Of Speed over the years – is continued at 2019 AOS.
Another Art Of Speed tradition is the ever-growing attendance of international guests which car and bike enthusiasts are given the chance to meet every year.
This year’s Art of Speed Invitational Car Build Off 2019 powered by PETRONAS featured 7 talented builders competing for a RM10,000 cash prize (jury selection) & RM5,000.00 or (SGD$1,659 accurate as of 1st August 2019) cash prize (public choice). The overall jury pick winner was awarded to The Classic Garage from Johor Bahru, while the public choice was awarded to Carazee Artwork from Klang.
As with previous years, Hot Wheels makes a huge presence at Art Of Speed and at 2019 AOS they really brought it up a notch. Making his first appearance in Malaysia is Steve Vandervate, Global Hot Wheels Lead Designer (Premium and Collector Segments), and during 2019 AOS he launched the Japan Historics 3 series “Legendary Japanese Cars" which is set for release in 2020. Present at the Hot Wheels booth were a life-sized Nissan Skyline R31 and Honda City Turbo II along with a showcase of the prototype of the diecast.
There were also featured collaborations with Hot Wheels, available only at 2019 AOS. First off was the limited-edition diecast collectible by PETRONAS in collaboration with Hot Wheels & Krome Bandits. Hausboom, in collaboration with Hot Wheels, also presented an official 1:1 scale New Beetle Gen 1 at 2019 AOS, which was given away to lucky winner; Eric Lim from Kuala Lumpur.
Other activities at the show included the VANS showcase tribute to their “Era” shoes called “Black Rainbows” and skate clinic, Hail Vintage and NoEqual NEAT Fest in Hall C, and the popular Kustom & Koffee Talk which was hosted by Keshy Dhillon from Bikesrepublic.com and featured overseas panelists Oliver Jones from The Cutrate, Shaik Ridhwan from The Mighty Motor USA and Kengo Kimura from HEIWA Motorcycles Japan.
Harley-Davidson FXDR 114 was also launched at 2019 AOS. The new model focusing on top-end performance paired with enhanced agility marks the new wave of harley-Davidson bikes for the Malaysian market.
Another milestone achievement for Art Of Speed is the Sound Circus concert, which was moved outdoors for 2019 AOS in order to accommodate an ever-increasing music fanbase. The Sound Circus line-up featured Hujan as the main headline together with Bittersweet, Masdo, Gerhana Ska Cinta, Kapow and many others on Saturday concert. Sunday’s line-up featured Asheed Def Gab C, Kid Search and headline, and Blues Gang.
Last but not least was the lucky draw giveaway on Sunday and the big prize for 2019 AOS was ONE (1) unit Mini Cooper fully customized by FNG Works with a Suzuki Hayabusa engine. This year’s lucky winner of the giveaway was awarded to Tham Wei Ping from Bayan Lepas, Penang.
The winners of Best of Show motorcycle and automobile categories will win package trips to the 28th Annual MOONEYES Yokohama Hotrod and Custom Show this coming December as the Guests of Honour.