November 11, 2014 by Eugene Chan Chun Hong
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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
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
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
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