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Art of Speed 2013 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Trip (English Edition)

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Art of Speed Malaysia 2013 (June 8-9, 2013)

Greetings! This is Steve from MOONEYES.
Last year I headed for Malaysia to attend Art of Speed (view report). It was the first time a Kustom Kulture event was held there and we had to see what it was all about. This year, Art of Speed contacted us early on to invite Wildman for this year's event that was held on June 8-9. After my report posted last year and the talk leading up to the event, Shige-san started to catch the buzz too. Next thing I knew, the three of us were on an AirAsia plane painting the sky red (as the slogan goes) headed for Kuala Lumpur, to attend Art of Speed Malaysia 2013. Be sure to visit their website for complete event coverage too.

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From my experience last year, I learned that using AirAsia's online check-in not only save you money but also saves you time. The check-in line was packed but there's a separate line for Baggage-Drop. We had enough time to sit down and eat dinner before our flight too. The flight left just before midnight so when I woke up, we were landing.

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We arrived after 6AM. From the airport, we had to beat morning rush hour traffic in order to get to our first destination, a TV morning show at 8AM. Shige-san posted about it on his blog. From there, we headed to our hotel.

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Our hotel was really nice. A couple of the elevators (lifts) are made of glass so the view of the city can be seen. After we checked in we sampled their bar with a cold beverage.

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Right across the street from our hotel is a huge shopping mall. We decided to eat. Yes, of course, when Japanese travel abroad, they want to eat Japanese food! So we spotted a restaurant called Sushi King. I don't know if Wildman was thrilled to see the menu or entertained by it. It also had a KAITEN-SUSHI setup where the sushi goes around on a conveyor belt. We decided on the KAITEN-SUSHI. By the way, the name of this place is Sushi King but the Japanese on the wall translates to Sushi Gold. However, saying it in Japanese would be, "SUSHI KIN," KIN as is Gold. Shige-san posted about it on his blog too.

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After we ate we headed back to the hotel rooms to freshen up. It was midday and blazing hot. While in my room, thunder began to rumble in the distance. As I looked out of my window, I could see the rain approaching.

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We headed for the event location. This year it was held at Citta Mall. It was Friday night and there was a warming party taking place in the art gallery area of the event. We arrived early. It wasn't raining either. I met up with some old friends from last year so we took a group photo after Shige-san handed out stickers. In the mall was Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. so we decided to eat dinner before the party.

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When we were finished eating, the party was started and the band was playing too. We were introduced and then Wildman put on a pinstriping demo for the guests at this party. Wildman did his thing the whole night.

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Wildman Pinstriping Demo & group photo sessions.

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The next day was the official starting day of Art of Speed Malaysia 2013. After we arrived and Wildman got setup there was already a crowd around his area. Wildman would spend the rest of the day pinstriping! He was super busy and didn't stop until after the event was over. Shige-san was busy signing all day too.

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Inside the art gallery was air conditioned. Art of Speed built this are just for the show. Wildman busy doing his thing.

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Similar to last year, most spectators do not come first thing in the morning. This is normal and by midday there are thousands of people coming and going. I walked around checking out the vendor booths. Notice the Mattel Hot Wheels 1:1 package? See below for more.

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KELFOLKS Garage received a special recognition for their efforts. They traveled over 400km and one of the VWs windshield broke during the drive.

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Hot Wheels 1:1 scale packaging!

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A bicycle group called "RODA RADIKAL" from Johor Baru traveled by tour bus for several hours just to attend the show. From 11AM the bands played on the main stage. Biker parking was around the perimeter of the event area.

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As the day went on, more people showed up. Checking in at the art gallery and MOONEYES table, Shige-san & Wildman were busy and the crowd kept getting bigger.

Asep, event organizer, on the main stage announcing the judges & award classes.

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Blues band Jimi style.

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JDM CARS ON DISPLAY: Including a Datsun 510 club
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Nissan GTR in orange!

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By nightfall, Wildman was finishing up his last job for the day. A Vespa!

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After the event was finished, we ate dinner in the Mall with friends. Local food for dinner!

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Night shot from my hotel room. Petronas Twin Towers in the background.
The next morning was overcast with scattered downpours!

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When we arrived Sunday morning, there were people lined up waiting for Wildman. Luckily, it wasn't too much buy the entire day was booked solid for Wildman. Pinstriping non stop for two days! Other artists inside the art gallery included pinstripers, painters, airbrush artists, leather artists and more.

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Occationally, someone would bring something just for Wildman's pinstriped autograph.

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In the morning is rained off and on real hard at times too. Shige-san & Wildman busy doing their thing!

Being in an air conditioned room, then heading outside into the heat caused my lens to fog up!

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More cool lowrider bikes, vintage scoots and motorcycles. We also saw Eddie from Red Garage Malaysia.

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Checking in at the MOONEYES table, Wildman busy sometimes doing two at once!

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Cool home built bikes. This event had a lot of local media coverage.

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Shige-san also sat down for a few interviews too. Luckily not outside in the heat.

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During the day there were many activities. I caught a couple sessions of the BMX ramp and B-Boy comps.

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Hot Wheels had a booth and the HWC Malaysia group held a Kustom Kompetition as well as other activities for all ages.

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The awards presentation was in the afternoon with the final Best of Show being presented with a heavy duty award!
The Best of Show winner wins a trip from Art of Speed to HCS2013! Congratulations and see you in December!

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MOONEYES Pick went to this custom built Yamaha. Check out the jockey shifter/clutch combo!

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There were a few mural walls that artists painted over the course of two day. A Tamiya dealer also catered to the scale fans.

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When the show was officially over, gradually, people began to leave.

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Meanwhile, at the MOONEYES table: Wildman was finishing up his last couple jobs.

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The next day we headed back to Japan. On the way, we stopped at the Petronas Twin Towers. However, they are closed every Monday so we were not able to ride up to the bridge... maybe next time. Deni, Asep and Zoul sat with us at the airport before we headed to the gate. And finally, Wildman was able to relax a little bit.

We are looking forward to seeing many friends from Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and beyond this December in Yokohama! I hope you enjoyed the photos from this year's Art of Speed event. See you next year at #AOSMY14.

Thank you for viewing.
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Our way back from Malaysia, we flew AirAsia from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Haneda (HND). We left at around 3PM and arrived in Japan at 11PM so we decided to have dinner on the plane.

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Steve and Wildman had western style BBQ Chicken.
Steve posted his Malaysia Trip Report online. You can see it here.
Wildman also posted about his Malaysia Trip on his blog here.
Please take a look if you have time.

I had a hotdog and white wine for dinner. The wine bottle was real glass.

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