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Art of Speed 2014 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Trip (English Edition)

MOON Space Agency Steve’s Malaysia Trip Report (日本語版はこちらです) Art of Speed Asia 2014 in Kuala, Lumpur (June 7-8, 2014) at Citta Mall Greetings! This is Steve from MOONEYES. I've been lucky enough to be a part of the growing custom culture event in Malaysia each year (AOS2013, AOS2012). This year it was the third year in a row that Art of Speed has been held and it was easy to see that it's growing steadily. This year, it was held in Citta Mall again; the same location as last year. Thousands of people flocked here over the two day event from all over. The weather was amazing all weekend with sunny skies and fluffy clouds. aos2014-001 aos2014-002 aos2014-006
This year, Shige-san, Wildman and myself traveled from MOONEYES. Wildman was an invited guest to do his pinstriping and we were there for support. Additional guests this year from Japan included pinstripers Makoto, Mr. G, Boo and JetWrench escorted by The Nash. Nao from Flat 4 was a guest as their Type-1 "The Inch Pincher" was sent over. Rocky Auto was also a guest this year traveling from Nagoya. Originally they planned on bringing one of his creations but in the end it didn't happen. Fans in Malaysia were excited just to see Mr. Watanabe in person. And finally, Dino from flew out from Japan too. He not only covered the event but was a guest as well. aos2014-007 aos2014-008 aos2014-009 aos2014-010
We arrived in KL early, as AirAsiaX does. By 6:00AM we were already outside. The new airport was a huge improvement from LCCT. We jumped in our mini bus and headed for our hotel arriving in KL for early check-in, dropped off our baggage and met in the lobby to have breakfast. aos2014-011 aos2014-013 aos2014-014 aos2014-015 aos2014-016 aos2014-017
We had a traditional KL breakfast from a popular street vendor area. aos2014-018 aos2014-019 aos2014-020 aos2014-021 aos2014-022 aos2014-023 aos2014-024 aos2014-025 aos2014-026 aos2014-027 aos2014-028 aos2014-029 aos2014-030 aos2014-031
After that, we had a free day and decided to head for Petronas Twin Towers. On the way we were blown away by the vintage dump trucks still putting in work. We walked to KLCC, a luxury shopping mall at the base of the towers. By the time we made it to the tower entrance, they were closed for lunch! We decided to come back later... when we did, they were booked until that night. As it turns out, you need to make reservations to go up to the walkway. It's not first-come-first-serve... oh well, maybe next time.
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In the evening, we headed to Citta Mall. It was the pre party. People were still setting up. We checked out our location for the weekend. It was in the art gallery area. The party included introductions, live music and Wildman doing some pinstriping. "Jason" the DJ was bumping sounds all night. We made it back to the hotel, then it was time for more partying at Hard Rock Cafe. Hard Rock Cafe is located in the lobby of our hotel. This made it easy to get back to our room. Long night...
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In the morning (Saturday), we drove to Citta Mall again. The second image above is a border crossing signifying you now have left the state of Kuala Lumpur (KL) and entered Petaling Jaya (PJ).
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In the morning we set up our table. Shige-san was already busy signing.
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Fresh fruits and cool cars. Flat-4 "Inch Pincher III" & RWB Malaysia.
I immediately headed out to get some photos of the cars this year. CARS ON DISPLAY aos2014-066 aos2014-067 aos2014-068 aos2014-069 aos2014-070 aos2014-071 aos2014-072 aos2014-073 aos2014-074 aos2014-075 aos2014-076 aos2014-077 aos2014-078 aos2014-079 aos2014-080 aos2014-081 aos2014-082 aos2014-083 aos2014-084 aos2014-085 aos2014-086 aos2014-087 aos2014-088 aos2014-089 aos2014-090 aos2014-091 aos2014-092 aos2014-093 aos2014-094 aos2014-095 aos2014-096 aos2014-097 aos2014-098 aos2014-099 aos2014-100 aos2014-101 aos2014-102 aos2014-103 aos2014-104 aos2014-105 aos2014-106 aos2014-107 aos2014-108 aos2014-109 aos2014-110 aos2014-111

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Dickies has a booth with a few motorcycles on display.
This it was back to viewing even more cars. aos2014-115 aos2014-116 aos2014-117 aos2014-118 aos2014-119 aos2014-120 aos2014-121 aos2014-122 aos2014-123 aos2014-124 aos2014-125 aos2014-126 aos2014-127 aos2014-128 aos2014-129 aos2014-130 aos2014-131 aos2014-132 aos2014-133 aos2014-134 aos2014-135 aos2014-136 aos2014-137 aos2014-138 aos2014-139 aos2014-140 aos2014-141 aos2014-142 aos2014-143 aos2014-144 aos2014-145 aos2014-146 aos2014-147 aos2014-148 aos2014-149 aos2014-150 aos2014-151 aos2014-152 aos2014-153 aos2014-154 aos2014-155 aos2014-156 aos2014-157 aos2014-158 aos2014-159 aos2014-160 aos2014-161 aos2014-162 aos2014-163 aos2014-164 aos2014-165 aos2014-166 aos2014-167 aos2014-168 aos2014-169 aos2014-170 aos2014-171 aos2014-172 aos2014-173 aos2014-174 aos2014-175 aos2014-176

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On Sunday they had a soapbox run but as it turned out, there was more interest in using the huge ramp. Only a few brave drivers tried. One didn't make it...
ART GALLERY Non stop all day, the art gallery was busy with artists, guests and pinstripe action! aos2014-191 aos2014-192 aos2014-193 aos2014-194 aos2014-195 aos2014-196 aos2014-197 aos2014-198 aos2014-199 aos2014-200 aos2014-201 aos2014-202 aos2014-203 aos2014-204 aos2014-205 aos2014-206 aos2014-207 aos2014-208 aos2014-209 aos2014-210 aos2014-211 aos2014-212 aos2014-213
At the end of the first day (Saturday) we managed to have enough energy for one last group photo.
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The next day (Sunday) we started out fresh in the morning from our hotel again. Our driver was from GRABCAR/MYTEKSI and was super cool he posed for our #SHIZUKANI #HCS2014 photo campaign. We arrived at Citta Mall early and decided to get breakfast at McDonald's! We tried the BREKKIE WRAP combo, grilled chicken sausage and smoked chicken wraps. Excellent!
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Featured artists were on display inside the art gallery.
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Immediately, pinstripers were busy. Wildman, Mr. G, Makoto and everyone.
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Then it was right back to the art gallery.
I headed back out to check out the Volkswagen selection. More Cars on Display aos2014-256 aos2014-257 aos2014-258 aos2014-259 aos2014-260 aos2014-261 aos2014-262 aos2014-263 aos2014-264 aos2014-265 aos2014-266 aos2014-267 aos2014-268 aos2014-269 aos2014-270 aos2014-271 aos2014-272 aos2014-273 aos2014-274 aos2014-275 aos2014-276

Then it was over the the main tent which featured the custom bikes. MOTORCYCLE GALLERY aos2014-277 aos2014-278 aos2014-279 aos2014-280 aos2014-281 aos2014-282 aos2014-283 aos2014-284 aos2014-285 aos2014-286 aos2014-287 aos2014-288 aos2014-289 aos2014-290 aos2014-291 aos2014-292 aos2014-293 aos2014-294 aos2014-295 aos2014-296 aos2014-297 aos2014-298 aos2014-299 aos2014-300 aos2014-301 aos2014-302 aos2014-303 aos2014-304 aos2014-305 aos2014-306 aos2014-307 aos2014-308 aos2014-309 aos2014-310 aos2014-311 aos2014-312 aos2014-313 aos2014-314 aos2014-315 aos2014-316 aos2014-317 aos2014-318 aos2014-319 aos2014-320 aos2014-321 aos2014-322 aos2014-323 aos2014-324 aos2014-325 aos2014-250 aos2014-326
There were a lot of custom street Honda Cubs and modified bikes to see!
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When I returned to the art gallery, Wildman was busy pinstriping the RWB Malaysia Porsche that was on display. Owner Christian watched in awe.
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The day was packed with people and the art gallery was non stop. It was great to see familiar faces, friends and make new ones too.
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The awards were announced on stage in the afternoon. The best in show car and bike both received a free ticket to HCS2014 which Art of Speed did last year. We'll see you in Yokohama this December! Each guest also presented an award including the MOONEYES PICK!
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MOONEYES PICK AWARD went to Lawson Lee. Congratulations!
Various photos from the day... aos2014-378 aos2014-379 aos2014-380 aos2014-381 aos2014-382 aos2014-383 aos2014-384 aos2014-385 aos2014-386 aos2014-387 aos2014-388 aos2014-389 aos2014-390 aos2014-391 aos2014-392 aos2014-393 aos2014-394 aos2014-395

At the end of the event, we had a fantastic dinner with everyone and headed back to the hotel. Although we had planned to end it all at Hard Rock Cafe again, we just didn't have enough gas. We were all exhausted. It was an incredible event once again and we're already planning for next year! aos2014-396 aos2014-397 aos2014-398 aos2014-399 aos2014-400 aos2014-401 aos2014-402 aos2014-403 aos2014-404 aos2014-405 aos2014-406 aos2014-407 The next day we had breakfast as the hotel and headed for the airport in our black MB mini bus. The new airport is huge! It's like a shopping mall. Thank you to Art of Speed for having us again this year and we can't wait until next year! Hope you enjoyed my photos from AOS2014 and see you at the next event! Steve...
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