I’d been in Kuala Lumpur for a couple of weeks before the eagerly anticipated “Showcase”, a custom car event hosted by Galeri Kereta / Super Rocket.
After being left wanting more following the Dream Car Expo (two modified cars parked inside a shopping mall), I wasn’t too sure what to expect from the event – but everything pointed towards a more promising event.
We hopped into our “Grab” (South East Asia’s answer to Uber) and made our way half an hour South to the Mines International Exhibition & Convention Centre (MIECC). The driver, who seemed to have earned his license on Grand Theft Auto eventually got us there in one piece and we made our way past a gathering of Evo’s and up the stairs and into the convention centre.
The completely bonkers Super Rocket VW Scirocco paired with a couple of MKIV Supra drift cars teased guests upon entry and hinted at what was to come. Once some minor translation issues and confusion of an online signing up online at the reception desk was solved, we were in.
The location was vast and with enough space to hold 500 cars indoors, proved to be Malaysia’s biggest widebody event on the automotive calendar. Stepping through the oversized door and into the main hall was immediately intoxicating with row after row of untamed Malaysian Metal.
We immediately headed over to the far corner of the hall and found a selection of absolutely bonkers modifications, reminiscent of the Max Power era of the UK. Instead of Citroen Saxo’s and widebody 106’s there’s a selection of Proton’s and budget Japanese hatches, many of which were complete with scortch marks from where they’ve obviously been spitting flames.
The sheer diversity of the show was what surprised the most. The hall ranged from immaculate JDM builds to battered hatchbacks, VIP vans and even a handful of track monsters.
This Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV really caught my eye and the owner was more than happy to chat about the build. We don’t get too many of these in the UK and it’s the first I’ve seen in the wild. Note the enormous wheel overhang at the front – you won’t be finding many others with this uber aggressive fitment.
Cut from the same cloth is this Tommi Mäkinen Evo 6.5 of which those Anorak wearers will instantly recognise that it’s sporting a different-from-standard paint job. The owner of this particular hero-car tracks it regularly and I was shown a video of him having a bigger-than-average moment in the gravel trap just a week prior.
From memory, he was running around the 600-700bhp mark and the noise was deafening – how many other cars look this good whilst retaining ultimate functionality!?
The room was also home to the largest collection of R34 GT-R’s I’ve been privledged enough to see inside the same space with a Z-Tune inspired build packing a Top Secret punch. The amount of work and the price associated boggles the mind, but the Wolfpack Racing guys were more than happy to give me a quick runaround the fleet that they’d brought down.
Popping the bonnet was enough to cause a stir and we were quickly infiltrated with GT-R fans all wanting a peek of that notorious RB26 that we just can’t get enough of. You’ll find the car modelled by my janitor pal below who spent just as much time admiring the cars as I did – despite being very much at work.
However, if there are points for the car with the most attention, it has to be given to the VIP neon machine below. Complete with a Samari shifter, luxury interior and enough lights to illuminate Blackpool – the speakers could be heard throughout the event, no matter where you were stood.
I could bang on for hours and chat about every single car at the event in detail, but I’m sure that 98% of you would tune out after the 15th Evo and I really don’t blame you. Speaking of, a gorgeous pair of yellow examples littered with carbon fibre could be spotted in the middle of the pack.
The day mostly involved walking around the compound with ocassional breaks to pick my jaw up off of the floor. It’s been over a year since The Showcase, but it’s only now that I’m able to try and find the words to explain what makes the event tick and I’ve only really found one that suits – chaos.
But with any luck in the coming months (or years, consdiering the current outlook) we’ll be back to document as much of the Malaysian car culture as we can manage. Always moving, never idle.