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Art of Speed, Malaysia’s very own homegrown Ol-Skool & Kustom Kulture event took things up another notch this year with massive new highlights. The event, which is infamous for its lifestyle automotive show, customized cars & bikes show, art gallery, interactive activities and even stunt show!
The founder of Art of Speed Malaysia, Asep Ahmad Iskandar explained to us the top six reasons why AOS2016 in its 5th edition was the most anticipated event of the year
1. Meet & Greet Automotive Legends & Extreme Sports
Visitors of AOS2016 got the first time experience to meet and greet international automotive legends and also vehicles that were specifically brought in from Japan. Skateboard legend, Steve Caballero also made his first appearance in Malaysia
2. The Best of the Best Customised Vehicles from Malaysia and Overseas
More than 200 customised cars & bikes in two separate air-conditioned halls. The Show & Shine element covers classic and also modern vehicles including two customized Harley-Davidsons and a Chevrolet Malibu “Hopping Lowrider” model were shipped from Japan.
3. Activities for Your Families
Long time favourite brands; Hot Wheels & Vans participated with special activities such as “House of Vans”. More than 300 local and international brands joined the marketplace.
4. Extreme Sports Demonstrations
A series of demonstrations by professional skateboarders were done at “House of Vans”. Super motor stunts show was also performed including “Taxi Ride” with the Malaysian Prince of Drift, Tengku Djan Ley with lucky visitors. From USA, Aaron Twite was at the event performing radical stunts on his high-powered superbike.
5. International Art Gallery
The “MotoCircus” themed art gallery highlighted local and international artistes that will offer commission works of pinstriping and lettering to all kustom kulture fans.
6. The Most Awaited Lucky Draw Prize
A lucky visitor rode away the latest 2016 Triumph motorcycle model, the Bonneville Street Twin, sponsored by Fast Bikes Sdn Bhd the sole distributor of Triumph Motorcycles Malaysia. The lucky winner is Wan Muhammad Afiq bin Wan Mamat, 20 years old hailed from Kelantan and still single.
This year, AOS is back with the introduction of PAINTHEAD ASIA – a regional group art show that saw renowned artistes from around the region share a single platform to showcase their works of art.
The exhibition, which was the first of its kind in Asia, also fostered further collaborations among local and also international artistes, such as Bacon Decoration “Jun” from Japan, Arkiv Vilmansa & Fahmi Freeflow from Indonesia, Mr. Pinman & Twocs Itthipong from Thailand, Mark SBTG & Feroze McLeod from Singapore and lastly representing from Malaysia were Adrian Nunis “Affa Project” & Ezudean Ishak “Rolling Ink”.
Sponsored by Japanese helmet brand Beetle Helmet, every helmet that is designed by the aforementioned artistes were on sale via ‘Silent Auction’ and according to organisers, 100% of the proceeds will be channeled to the artiste.
That said, this was the best time for visitors to come and have a closer look at the international artistes, and also to support our local talents who strutted their stuff at PAINTHEAD ASIA.
Besides PAINTHEAD ASIA, other attractions at this year’s Art of Speed included a special appearance by Jason Webber from ATR Choppers USA, Jeff Leighton from The Wretched Hive USA, Steve Caballero from USA, Shige Suganuma & Wildman from MOONEYES Japan, Dino Dalle Carbonare from Speedhunters.com Japan, Hi-Technix Japan Lowrider Hopping Show from Japan, Koji Hamada from Hammer Sycle Japan, Kaichiroh Kurosu from Cherry’s Company Japan, The Nash from Burnout Magazine Japan, and art collective pinstripe group from Japan; Makoto, Mr. G, Jetwrench and Boo.
Art of Speed 2016 also featured a Show and Shine competition in an air-conditioned 150,000 square feet hall with customs & classics in Hall A while Street Tuner Village occupying Hall C, stunt & trial shows featuring local riders, an art gallery themed Moto Circus with local and international artists, Kustom & Coffee Talk, as well as children and family activities such as Giant Bubble, Star Wars costumed charity photo opportunities, a Soapbox Show & Go!, marketplace and a youth arena featuring an indoor skatepark.
AOS2016 also organized its second Mega Club Gathering that injected new excitement to all classic, retro and olskool vehicle owners. The organizer provided a huge exclusive parking lot, which measures up to 3 acres that can fit more than 1,000 vehicles.
The objective of this activity is to garner camaraderie among the vehicle owners that would like to gather and strengthen their friendship. Mega Club Gathering has been introduced since 2015 to fulfill community request where they can gather in a collective way and free to roam in the event area without competition element where they don’t have to park in a permanent way and decorated space. Participants of MCG can also interact with the other club members that come all the way from all over Malaysia.
Each MCG participant only needs to send 10 minimum registrations from each club. The fee is only RM60 and the package includes a Show Guest tee shirt, 1 hall ticket, event sticker and a VIP parking pass. Asep Ahmad, the founder AOS said that; he hopes this initiative will be seen as a positive stepping stone for all olskool clubs in Malaysia to remain active and take the opportunity at AOS to gather and enjoy the VIP treatment with world class facilities at MAEPS, Serdang.
Aside, the event also launched their official mobile application Art of Speed Malaysia available for iPhone and Android smart phones. This is the first automotive community event mobile app in Malaysia.
The winner of Best of Show motorcycle and automobile categories won a package trip to the MOONEYES Yokohama Hotrod and Custom Show this coming December as Guest Of Honour.
The fifth installment of Art of Speed happened at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park, Serdang (MAEPS) last 28 and 29 May 2016. More than 30,000 visitors attended the event from USA, Japan, Australia, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Brunei and Philippines.
Next AOS Malaysia’s date had been announced which tentatively will be on 29 & 30 July 2017 next year at MAEPS.
List of winners of Show & Shine AOS2016 :
Best of Show Motorcycle
Winner : Beautiful Machines (Malaysia)
Vehicle : 1993, Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail
Best of Show Automobile
No winner announced this year.
Asep & Deni, the organizer of Art of Speed Malaysia
Jason Webber’s Pick
Winner : Gimme Shelter Service Chop (Malaysia)
Vehicle: 1966, Harley-Davidson Shovelhead
Jeff Leighton’s Pick
Winner : Gimme Shelter Service Chop (Malaysia)
Vehicle: 1998, Harley-Davidson Evo Chopper
Cherry’s Company’s Pick
Winner : Lanun Johor (Malaysia)
Vehicle: 2015, Moto Guzzi V7
Hammer Scycle’s Pick
Winner : Strokers (Malaysia)
Vehicle : 1941, Matchless G3L
Winner: Rahul Mayer (Malaysia)
Vehicle: 1979, Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
- Best of 60’s – Hadi Murba (Malaysia)
- Best of 70’s – Mazda Enthusiast (Malaysia)
- Best of 80’s – Ahmad Hafiz Bimmer Utara (Malaysia)
- Best of JDM Pre-1992 – Chan Chee Kion (Malaysia)
- Best of JDM Post 1992 – Kenichi Kong (Malaysia)
- Best of Custom Retro Pick-Up – GGE Garage (Malaysia)
- Best of Radikal (Classic & Modern) – GAF Speedshop (Malaysia)
- Best of Custom VW Aircooled – Hafizuddin Sulaiman (Malaysia)
- Best of Custom & Restored VW Van (Highlight) – Kelab VW Negeri Terengganu (Malaysia)
- Best of K-Car – Md. Fadhli Zil Iqram (Malaysia)
- Best of USA – Rahul Mayer (Malaysia)
- Best of Custom Continental – Arte Grande (Malaysia)
- Best of Rat Look – Mohd Firdaus (Singapore)
- Best of Stance – Azizi (Malaysia)
- Best of Open Class – Fatboy Design (Thailand)
- Best of Chopper – Beard Brothers Cycle Co. (Singapore)
- Best of Bobber – Jeme No Die Cycle (Malaysia)
- Best of Café Racer – Rotten Motocycles (Malaysia)
- Best of Modified Harley-Davidson inc. Sportster, Softail & Pro Street – Vicious Cycles Singapore (Singapore)
- Best of Custom Bagger (Highlight) – Kepala Kuasa MG (Malaysia)
- Best of Jap Style & Tracker – Rotten Motocycles (Malaysia)
- Best of Restored Classic Scooter – Razlan Isman (Malaysia)
- Best of Streetcub – Sai Long (Malaysia)
- Best of Radical Ruckus – Shawn Seelan (Malaysia)
- Best of Restored Retro Japanese – Retromania (Malaysia)
- Best of Restored Classic Continental & American – Rotten Motocycles (Malaysia)
- Best of Custom Street Bike – Kenstomoto (Malaysia)
Lowrider Bicycle Category
- 12”, 16” & 20” wheel lowrider – Mooks Roda Radikal (Malaysia)
- 24”, 26” & open wheel lowrider & limousine – Izzat Double Dice Crew (Malaysia)