On a dark and foggy night (I kid you not) an event called “The Borgata affair” went down. Borgata is the Italian term for suburban townships around Palermo and the term was later adopted by the American Mafia to represent family. For the event though, Borgata signifies more of a family like series of events, not so much illegal Mafia activities, where automotive enthusiasts and passionate car owners congregated to just mingle and check out each other’s rides. Read more



As previously mentioned in our feature of Summernats Malaysia, There was a lucky draw held for visitors there and we got the invitation to cover the prize and awards ceremony. Walking through the gates into the JP Museo, where some of JP Motorsport’s founder Mr. JP Chin stores some of his absolutely gorgeous cars and also large collection of the rare American imports that were on display at Sepang over the Summernats weekend. This had to be one of the coolest awards ceremonies I have ever attended, doing away with all formalities and just being surrounded by the absolutely stunning machinery is an extraordinary experience.


Sepang and the Summernats event played host to an extraordinary amount of people, an estimated 45,000 patrons over the 3 day period and only a select few had won something from the lucky draw. Some other events that you probably wouldn’t see in Summernats Australia were where runners and cyclists made their way there to have a go at cycling or running on Sepang’s 5.5 kilometres of tarmac. Runners participated in the 11.8km Merdeka run, in conjunction with the celebration of Malaysia’s 57th independence day. Cyclists unite in attempts of setting an interesting record; The biggest Merdeka Bicycle gathering. This was an exciting event as Sepang plays host to major scale international events such as Formula 1, and people were given a magical opportunity to be on that same track doing what they loved.





Some of the prize winners were already present when I got there and they were pretty much pre-occupied ogling at the cars there, some of which they (even I!) have never seen before.


Dinner was served and shortly after the time to hand out the prizes came! everyone made their way downstairs to the main foyer area and the excitement was building up as everyone hustled into position.



A short welcome and introduction  from the Emcee was followed by a speech given by Mr. JP Chin himself, to signify a succesful closing to the first Summernats event of Malaysia.


Prizes for the consolation prizes, which included Ipads, Polar heart rate monitor watches and digital cameras were handed out.



The next segment of prizes were hercules bicycles and a sub segment of the bicycle category had the grand prize of an Avanti bicycle, which was a pure bred carbon frame race bike, its lightness demonstrated by the winner picking it up and thrusting it in the air!


Other cool prizes were some cool LED TVs.

11.2There was also a surprise award for the fastest person that was on Sepang during the car clubs parade, and the awards went to Tan Sri Azman Yahya, which was described light heartedly by Mr. Chin as “the fastest Tan Sri in Malaysia”.


The award of Best car club went to Lamborghini Malaysia which was recieved by C.E.O of Lamborghini Kuala Lumpur, Mr. Marcus Chye.


And finally the grand prize of the lucky draw; a brand new Impul tuned Nissan Sylphy was won by Ms. Chong Min Shih of whom is an avid runner who also participated in the Merdeka run. The event slowly drew to a close and participants lingered for a short moment to catch a few last glimpses of the exotic machines there, and whilst having a conversation with Summernats Project Manager Anthony, we somehow brought up the topic of the cars downstairs, and one particular car we talked about was one of the most famous Mustangs in the world, Eleanor from “Gone in 60 seonds”. Anthony then granted us a rare privilege of getting up close and personal with a legendary Hollywood super star car, and it was an exceptional sensation.


That’s all for this year’s coverage on the first exciting Summernats held here in Malaysia! Without a doubt, next year will be a blast.

Words – Eugene Chan

Photos – Eugene Chan





Summernats is one of the biggest car festivals in the world from down under and is famed for some of the most insane burnout showcases in existence, and this massive event has made its way on to Malaysian soil which is the new inaugural event hosted here by JP Performance motor sports of whom has hosted the Super GT Malaysian leg for the past few years. Read more


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Following up from the teaser I posted up a few days back for AOS Asia, it is with great pleasure that I present to you the full coverage of the Art of Speed Asia 2014. From cars to bikes, USDM to JDM, one can really see the diversity that makes Art of Speed what it is. AOS, as it is more affectionately known, has become one of the premier events in the region that truly celebrates Custom Culture. Avid enthusiasts and passionate tuners from all over congregate at Art of Speed to supply a visual treat and there was definitely something for everyone at the event. Read more



Appreciation and respect for one another in the world of motor sports and automotive culture are goals that many people aspire to achieve and Art of Speed has certainly fulfilled those goals with absolute flying colours. From retro to contemporary rides, all types of two wheeled beauties ranging from old, new, custom and downright crazy, they are all welcome to be showcased for everyone to appreciate. Read more



Before I set these two cars up for the shoot, I was just pondering with a friend on how people say these cars are so hard to find and so rare and yet, I have come in contact with so many of these rare beauties. Even a couple of my friends are getting into restoration of S30Z’s. From hidden personal restorations to internationally acclaimed zetto artisans, Star Road, I have been witness to a great variety of Fairlady’s and have found a deep and profound sense of appreciation for all of them, regardless of what state or style they arrive in… Read more



As the sun rose from the east down here in Malaysia, The boys from Back wheel Bitches & Twinbladez Stickers finally gathered their nostalgic rides after months of planning to embark on an uphill climb to Genting Highlands Malaysia. The estimated distance from the rendezvous point till the top of Genting Highlands was about a 47.7KM long drive, with a challenging 15KM steep uphill climb which will prove to be a gruelling test of endurance for the classic cars.


Classic Japanese Muscle made it for the event; like this pristine RA28 Celica and other classic JDM like the KE70 joined the convoy as well.

Watanabes never fail to make any car look the part.


Classic Pick ups are the growing trend down here in Malaysia.


Bosozoku styled Mercedes Benz, Nicknamed “Cosa Nostra”.





Media partners who were involved on ground to witness the heart pumping and adrenaline moments, were RTM Malaysia, Atara Racing Datsuns, Malaysia CCCM and lastly Retro Garage in conjunction with 7tune. There were 30 cars that participated consisting of Datsuns, Toyotas, Volkswagens and a Mercedes, We here at Retro Garage and 7tune was amazed with the high spirited aura radiating from the drivers as man and machine form a special bond to push forward to the peak and their goal was simple; to reach to the top and nothing could stand in their way.




As the drive progresses, The convoy of classics were 25KM closer to the chequered flag but unfortunately there were a few problems that had come up; few cars were left behind as their machine experienced technical problems while pushing the limits of their rides and for some, they stopped for an hour or so to let their cars cool down before they resume another half of torturing drive up fairly steep corners. Eventually the convoy arrived at the peak of Genting Highlands Malaysia with an ecstatic atmosphere and an overwhelming amount of happiness can be seen on each participant’s face. Nothing can explain the sheer excitement more than seeing those drives who made it up like a bunch of kids that just got huge amounts of candy.




Lastly, Respect was given to all the drivers who spare their time to conquer the treacherous situation climbing up onto Genting Highlands. And not forgetting a special thank you to Retro Garage, RTM Malaysia for your patience and willingness to cover this historical moment.

That’s all for now, Signing out from Malaysia. Terima Kasih!

Terima Kasih – Means thank you in Bahasa Melayu



Words – Praveent Chelvam

Photography Kean Yap/Praveent Chelvam




It was an absolutely MEGA end to 2012 for 7Tune – with almost a dozen events to attend, countless people to meet and a couple of international events to fly to. Here is a rundown on what you can expect on 7Tune in the coming weeks during the first month of 2013… Read more


Publika at Duta Solaris in Kuala Lumpur played host to one of the most exciting events of the year. The Art of Speed event is billed as Malaysia’s first “Kustom Kulture” and hot rod show that features everything “custom”. How does this fit into the JDM related world? We will soon find out.Subaru Leone pick up truck and the orange “Dragon” Toyota Celica

Subaru Leone pick up truck and the orange "Dragon" Toyota Celica

Subaru Leone pick up truck and the orange "Dragon" Toyota Celica

The Art of Speed event was held at Publika’s The Square and White Box. The Art of Speed event is inspired by the successful Mooneyes Yokohama Hot Rod & Custom Show in Japan, which had recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. I was happy to be invited by one of my best friends and co-organiser of the event, Mr. Rahmat from Playhouse Garage.

Nissan Bluebird 910 with massive wheels and camber

Nissan Bluebird 910 with massive wheels and camber

Rahmat, the owner of Playhouse Garage, specialises in rust repairs and restorations for classic and retro cars. He offers custom modifications and repair jobs to old or new cars.

Itinerary for the event on Saturday and Sunday

Itinerary for the event on Saturday and Sunday

The event was held over a period of two days. Various local celebrities, bands and artists had made their appearance on that day, where they have performed on stage, playing rock and punk music. People were mostly occupied by the diversity of activities that were offered in the event. The crowd was also exposed to airbrushing, pin-striping, tattoo demonstrations and various related activities. Performing artistes include Altimet, The Malayan and LOKA Band, among others that were present that day.

Moon Eyes Authorised dealer's booth

Moon Eyes Authorised dealer's booth

It was very interesting to find that there was a Moon Eyes authorised dealer in Malaysia. Moon Eyes were hardly heard off outside of USA and Japan, unless you follow the retro and classic JDM scene a lot. It was nice to find that finally decided to bring the cool range of products from Japan. There were tons of imported T-shirt and automotive related accessories for sale. Sadly, due to time limitation, I was unable to make any purchases, because there were too much to choose from!

Custom and Yamaha chopper

Custom and Yamaha chopper

KickAss Choppers from Jakarta, Indonesia and Thor Chops and Kustoms from Bangkok, Thailand were flown in for this special event, along with their awesome customised motorcycles. A lot of modified motorcyles and bicycles were on display. It was nice to see some bikes to be turned into a work of art. The bikes were a mix of either European, American or Japanese bikes.

Modified Harley with Japanese inspired helmet by Beautiful Machines

Modified Harley with Japanese inspired helmet by Beautiful Machines

The Harley Davidson Club of Malaysia were also present to lend their support to the movement. This beautiful Harley Davidson on display in Beautiful Machine’s booth takes cues from both Japanese and American modifications. I definitely like the customised Japanese artwork on the bike helmet.

Asep's Chevrolet Impala

Asep's Chevrolet Impala

Asep, the owner of Switchblade lifestyle diner, is the proud owner of this star car, a modified Chevrolet Impala with air suspension lift kit and a muscular V8 engine. He is also the brainchild of this event and he is responsible for bringing this wonderful customs and modification culture to Malaysia for the first time. It was great for me to witness the Impala first hand in Malaysia, as Left hand drive cars or more-so, American cars are pretty scarce in Malaysia, due to the horrific road tax system, that taxes cars on engine cubic-capacity or size. The V8 growl was definitely an awesome engine soundtrack that took my heart away.

Julian Acid, from Malaysian Rock & Roll Band, with a female fan

Julian Acid, from Malaysian Rock & Roll Band, with a female fan

Rock and roll music were played until late evening. After the bands had wrapped it up for the night, participants of the Midnight cruise were told to assemble in front of the Square, to be led by the local Royal Malaysian Police bike outriders for a car cruise around the city of Kuala Lumpur.

Bright Orange Celica in the dark

Bright Orange Celica in the dark

I brought my passenger along and we went off in style, revving the engines loud in my 1995 Jeep Wrangler and hooning around the city of Kuala Lumpur, along with other cars and bikes. We started our journey from Publika, passing by Jalan Duta, Jalan Kuching, Jalan Tun Razak, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Jalan Sultan Ismail, and then back towards Jalan Duta again to assemble our cars and bikes in front of the Istana Negara car park for a photography session with the event organisers and participants. (Editor’s Malay language translation note : Jalan = Road ; Istana Negara = National Palace)

Rendezvous at Istana Negara

Rendezvous at Istana Negara

About 20-30 cars of Japanese, European and American mix turned up for the Midnight cruise. The event was overall a great success. I wish that in the future, there will be more JDM participation, but this is just the beginning, and being this successful, I have faith that JDM participation will increase.

Words – Kevin Lee

Photos – Kevin Lee




Not everyday you come face to face with legends, and we were extremely lucky to be able to feature a pristine 1975 TA23 Celica that belonged to one of my many friends who had a united passion for restoring and maintaining Japanese Legends. Read more

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