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Art of Speed Malaysia 2016 - MAEPS (SERDANG) - May 28 & 29, 2016

Greeting from MQQNEYES!
The 5th Annual Art of Speed Malaysia was held on May 28-29, 2016. It is the 5th year for this event and has grown bigger each year. I still remember the first time back in 2012. Over the years it has been great to see old friends and meet new ones. This year there were many invited guests from abroad including professional skateboarder Steve Caballero, ATR Jeff Webber and The Wretched Hive Jeff Leighton from USA.There were also invited guests from Japan including Hi-Technix with their Mercury lowrider, Cherry's Company with his Shovelhead as well as Hammer Sycle with his Hardley-Driveable Knucklehead. Congratulations to Deni and Asep for another great show.

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It was raining on the day we left Japan. Rain Season was in full effect. This year, we travelled with a different airline and arrived at Kuala Lumpur airport in the late afternoon. There were over 20 people travelling from Japan. From the airport we went directly to dinner.

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HELLO By Kitchen Mafia was the place. Great food and plenty of drinks everywhere! After dinner, we headed to our hotel.

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The next morning we were up early and headed to the event location. Made it to our booth which was next to Hot Wheels. They were rushed by morning crowds in search of Treasure Hunt cars. They also featured a cool pop up card to pose in front of - skateboard and all. By the time the event officially started at 10AM, we were ready. Shige-san was off to an early start taking photos and signing things. M&K Makoto was already at work to on one of the bikes at the Strokers booth.

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I dipped outside for a peak. Bikes were still rolling in. Outside swap meet vendors were setting up too. This Silvia was parked outside which lead me to the second hall. A new addition to the event featuring more cars and vendors!

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One of the guests this year was HI-TECHNIX from Japan. They brought their Mercury "Blue Beer" to showcase.
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For many of the viewers it was the first time to see such a demonstration and HI-TECHNIX gave them something to remember.

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Meanwhile, back the MQQNEYES BOOTH, Wildman was busy with work orders and Shige-san continued to sign & greet. We brought a few items from Japan that were just released. They went very fast.

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The event ended early this year at 6PM. Before the end of the first day, invited guest Steve Caballero jumped in for a skate session at the House of Vans Malaysia ramp inside the event area. The crowd went wild!

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The next morning, bright and early. The Petronas Towers, a promient landmark of Kuala Lumpur.

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We headed to the event locatoin fairly early. There were already a lot of people lined up to get inside.
Before the crowds flooded in, I went through the main hall to see the cars and bikes. There were not as many full custom cars this year compared to previous years. The variety of cars to see is still a treat for the eyes from old Volkswagens, modern European cars, classic American cars, new and old Japanese cars and many others in between.

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The motorcycles at the event are always great to see. This year was no disappointment with classic restored machines to wild off the wall builds. The great part about custom bikes here is the fact that it doesn't matter what kind of bike it is. Anything can be custom and everything from 50cc scooters to 2000cc big twins get the works.

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Guest bikes Hammer Sycle Knucklehead (left) and Cherry's Company Shovelhead (right).

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The last photo above is a Yamaha SR chopper that was ridden from Thailand to Kuala Lumpur.

Later in the day I was able to make a round through the artist area. This are featured live tattoo booths, scale modellers, pinstripers and artists. Steve Caballero was in this area featuring his artwork as were Mr. G, M&K Makoto, Jet Wrench and Boo from Japan.

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Left to Right: Hammer Sycle, Cherry's Company. The Wretched Hive and ATR were missing in action.

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Vendor booths were not limited and featured barber shops and more. There was live music all day on the main stage.

Custom bicycles are very popular and have been a part of Art of Speed Malaysia since the beginning. This year featured several new builds and far out customs.

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Shige-san spent both days looking at each car determined to find a MOONEYES PICK AWARD. By the end of the second day. During the award presentation, he explained that he wanted to see more custom cars next year and decided that this year's award goes to Deni and Asep for what they have done for the custom scene here in Malaysia plus to celebrate their 5th year of the show. Congratulations!

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Even Sunny Yano & I got in on some signing action...
Speaking of Sunny, he posted his report on Art of Speed Malaysia here.

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The event ended without any issues. The next day, a few of us headed to Chinatown for lunch. We walked through the famous Pataling Street and stopped by a few places on the way.

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The Hindu Temple we visited required us to remove our footwear. A rare shot of barefooted Steve Caballero and Cherry's Company!

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We had authentic Dim Sum for lunch. Then we visited Central Market for coconut ice cream.

After lunch we headed to the after event BBQ at Riders Garage and Art of Speed head office.

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Thank you to Deni & Asep for the hosting us over the years. We are looking forward to 2017 and hope to see everyone again!

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The next day we checked out of our hotel, took one last group shot and did a short tour before heading to the airport. Every year has been a positive experience in Malaysia. If you ever thought about visiting Kuala Lumpur, make sure it's the same weekend as Art of Speed Malaysia and you will surely have the best time there. Hope to see you all next year! The date has tentatively been set for July 29-30, 2017. Until next time Malaysia!
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