The title of this write up can in no way be more literal, as several thousand Honda enthusiasts gathered at the home of Malaysian Motorsports, Sepang International Circuit. This event was a congregation of owners and car enthusiasts in celebration of one of the most iconic automotive JDM brands in the world and also one of the most famous power units in the world, with 14 million VTEC units built every year, I mean, who doesn’t know the Honda brand and there were Hondas for as far as the eye can see. 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.
There 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
I found myself relaxing in an onsen up in the hills just outside Nagoya after a long few hours of shinkansen and bus travel, allowing myself a little luxury to soak and think about what was about to unfold on race day; Rossiter and Nakajima on pole with the title coming down to the wire, ever tightening… Read more
During the three plus hour journey from deepest Tokyo to the most northern track in Japan I had plenty of time to reflect upon what might go down in Round 4 of the 2014 Super GT championship… it turned out to be a cracking, chaotic and unpredictable race with a number of surprising results… Read on to find out how the race unfolded… Read more
June 13, 2014 by Eugene Chan Chun Hong
Filed under 7tune Classics, Articles, Car Shows, Classic JDM Cars, Culture, Events, Everything Happening, Honda, Japanese Nostalgic Car, JDM Feature Cars, Latest Articles, Mazda, Nissan, Odd Spot, Toyota, WTF
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
June 8, 2014 by Eugene Chan Chun Hong
Filed under 7tune Classics, Articles, Car Shows, Cars, Classic JDM Cars, Culture, Daihatsu, Events, Everything Happening, Honda, Latest Articles, Mazda, Meets, Nissan, Odd Spot, Suzuki, Toyota, Tuner Cars
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
Golden week here in Japan is a nightmare for anyone with a car and an intention to drive it. It felt as if every man and his dog decided to descend upon Fuji Speedway for this, the second round of the 2014 Super GT championship. 90,000 people it turns out… Read more
Catching the first flight out of Tokyo’s Haneda airport was always going to be a tough ask considering how little sleep I usually get, but making my way down to Okayama International circuit in western Honshu to cover the season opener for Super GT 2014 more than got me motivated. 2014 is an important and exciting year for the series as it ushers in a potentially great new slew of changes that can realistically spur this series to greater heights now and in the future years to come… Read more
Retro Havoc 2014 was an event that really took a lot of people by surprise, including me. I had no idea what to expect for my third visit to Malaysia but for all intents and purposes, the promise of over 300 of the countries best classic cars, crammed into one giant aircraft hangar on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur made for a tantalising proposition that couldn’t be missed!… Read more
You know the chance of this happening is hard to refute if you put all the pieces together and I will gladly put my money where my mouth is and actually bet on it. Here’s why a 3JZ is not all fantasy after all… Read more
Kenneth Blanck is a good friend of mine and not your ordinary R34 GT-R owner. Since picking up this pristine, low kilometer Bayside Blue example from renowned resellers Global Auto and now the second of two owners of this highly prized 2000 model GT-R V-Spec II Nur, Kenneth has literally thrown the book (and his wallet) at the car, ending up with a monster truly worthy of the greatest Pokemon trainers… Read more
The Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show is back this year in full force, with an extensive 10 day showcase of cars from the past, the present and the future held from the 15th of November to the 24th of November. It has been a long while since my last motor show visit and this is certainly a refreshing experience to see such an eclectic mix of cars on display, with a stronger emphasis on hybrid and electric technology cars, even having 2 popular hybrids available as lucky draw prizes. The reason for this influx of environmentally friendly vehicles is relevant to the theme set for this year’s show, which is “efficiency in motion”. Read more
Thursday night, 11pm. I arrive in Sydney and my reserved hired Hyundai Getz is unavailable due to the depot being closed at the hour. I resort to ditching hitting Gangnam Style at 3000rpm for a more Japanese Nissan Micra. But I’m not in Sydney for the sole purpose of driving a soft fuel sipper. I’m here for the World Time Attack
Challenge of 2013.
It’s Friday morning, and I’m bolting down the Great Western Highway for the event. Upon arriving I’m greeted by a healthy selection of modified Japanese cars in the parking lot. From Evos to 86s, even classic examples like this Datsun coupe.
Through the underground tunnel to the main area which was brimming with eye candy. The pit lanes were full with hero cars and high level builds.
Dedicated to getting sweet shots for you guys, I was told off by staff a few times for lying down in places I shouldn’t be. ;P
Crews were hard at work to bring out their cars optimum setup, which made me feel a bit intrusive at first.
But the crew members could not be any friendlier, such as the team behind the Jones Brother Racing Supra; extending warm welcomes to myself and others which strengthens my faith in the bonds we car enthusiasts have as a community.
Away from the pits were the show stands and a show and shine. Local industries and personal builds take charge here and welcomed the audience to the strong Australian scene.
There were various stores showing off their gear…
…and delicious demo cars.
The kind chap behind this Impreza being kind enough to hand out free hats to attendees, and saved my face from a Jersey Shore fate.
E-famous rides were about at the Lowdown.com booth with rides such as the Zomaya Evo and 34 Lai GT-R.
Elsewhere, beastly builds such as Mercury Motorsport’s Nitto GT-R and PPRE’s 6 rotor RX4 were momentarily tame enough for a closer look.
To put it short, the grounds were a jar full of JDM candies.
Further out back, there was some more action. Ranging from functional rides…
To something more fond of gravity.
Interesting aesthetic options were found with this Civic sporting a peanut STi bumper.
Hopefully our police won’t defect this.
Car gear was also present, with stickers and accessories available.
On to the racing. With a full 2 days of racing against the clock ahead, there was nothing but blistering performances from all categories.
There was no doubt, however, that the main attractions were the Pro and Pro-Am classes with their outlandish aero…
…and celebrity drivers,such as Tsukuba record holder Under Suzuki and the Scorch Racing S15.
Tarzan Yamada, piloting the Espirit NSX.
As well as Nobuteru Taniguchi, being the pilot of not one, but three different vehicles.
Suprisingly, last years record was smashed early by Tilton Interior’s Evo. Rewriting the Nemo Racing’s Evo’s record of 1:25.0200 by a fractional margin with a time of 1:24.8550.
The Nemo Evo still baring its fangs on the track by laying down times 2-3 seconds behind the lead, despite running into mechanical issues.
Between sessions were demonstrations by the Motul Turbo Legends, which sees some precious racing history bolt down the track.
An F40 blessed the track with its presence shortly after.
This year saw the birth of a new event, the Flying 500; a 500m dash to record top speed at the goal as opposed to a clocked time like a 1/4 mile drag.
Ultimately, the Mick’s Motorsport Evo took the crown with a top speed of 252km/h.
The time attack has been going smooth for the most part, but has seen incidents on the track with a number of crashes and mechanical faults. One of the big incidents was the Employment Medicine R32 spilling its juices on the last few corners. The spill was cleaned without too much delay. Despite that, a visible trail was left from the absorbent.
Luckily, it did not present itself as too much an obstacle to the competitors, no matter the platform.
The challenge wrapped up at Saturday afternoon at the podium, with awards being handed out to the fastest drive platform in each class and the overall fastest 3 of the class. The fastest in each class were:
JUST CAR CLUBSPRINT CLASS
1. Process West WRX STi | Jason Wright – 1:39.2470
2. BYP Motorsport S2000 | Benny Tran – 1:41.0360
3. Superpro EVO 9 | Jason Naidoo – 1:41.2560
V-SPORT OPEN CLASS
1. BC Automotive R32 GTR |Dean Lillie – 1:31.7980
2. V Sport/Go-Pro Evo X | Rick Bates – 1:32.4260
3. BYP Racing Integra |Benny Tran – 1:32.6800
GARRETT PRO AM CLASS
1. Precision Maintenance EVO | Mick Sigsworth – 1:30.9570
2. Sutton Bros S15 | Andrew Sutton – 1:31.8320
3. Autotech Engineering WRX STi | Jason Wright – 1:32.4040
ROYAL PURPLE PRO CLASS
1. Tilton Evo | Garth Walden – 1:24.8550
2. MCA Suspension S13 | Earl Bamber – 1:27.3670
3. Nemo/Auger Torque Evo | Warren Luff – 1:27.7080
This year’s World Time Attack Challenge will definitely be an event to remember. Props to all the teams for their hard work and performance; to the organisers for bringing such a large scale event to my homeland, Australia; and to the attendees and media, whose burning automotive passion brought vibrancy and life to the weekend.
*slips on leather jacket and black sunnies* I’ll be back.
Words – Shahid Mohamed Islam
Photos – Shahid Mohamed Islam
Formula Drift returned to Speed City Kuala Lumpur this year with an extremely diverse line-up of drivers from all over the world. Names like Ken Gushi from the US, Daigo “the Ninja” Saito from Japan of which has remained undefeated since the beginning of the Formula Drift Series, Local Malaysian drifting royalty Tengku Djan Ley of which owns the venue turned Battle grounds for this event, Japan D1 drifter Masao Suenaga and Frederic Aasbø
of whom is piloting the beastly V8 powered RS*R Toyota 86 were just some of the star studded entourage of superstars in the Drifting game that participated. Read more