Celebrating the Classics

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Historic Motoring Ventures is pulling all the stops this year with its 5th installment of the ASIA KLASIKA Motor Festival, revering the finest of vintage, classic and contemporary supercars from the region. The celebration, happening this coming 31 October to 2 November 2014, will see a transformation of the show from a historic-car based festival to a full-fledged motor event that will have car enthusiasts revving with excitement. The three-day festival is touted as the South East Asian incarnate of the highly acclaimed concours meets such as the Californian Pebble Beach Concours and Salon Prive from the United Kingdom.

“Malaysia proves to be one of the most conducive locations in Asia for an internationally-styled car show as the country is rich in its motoring culture, transportation infrastructure and people friendly tropical climate. It is our desire to place Malaysia on the world map of exotic motor events,” says Andrew Suresh, curator of Asia Klasika Motor Festival.

This year, ASIA KLASIKA Motor Festival will be taking place at picturesque Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside Hotel and will see the introduction of luxury lifestyle elements to an automobile show similar to internationally acclaimed car shows in the North America and Europe.

The theme ‘A Gathering of Thoroughbreds’, is derived from the marques and models that are celebrating their anniversaries globally this year namely, Rolls Royce (110 years), Maserati (100 years), Ford Mustang (50 years), Porsche 911 Turbo (40 years), and a special tribute to MG, in its 90th year, so expect to see a fine display of those anniversary models at the festival.

In keeping with tradition, the main highlight of the show will be the showcase of fine automobiles from the “Royal Johor Automobile Collection” courtesy of the event’s Royal Patron, His Royal Highness The Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, and is a must-see for car aficionados.
Also part of the festival will be the much sought after ‘Sultan Ibrahim Cup’, South East Asia’s most prestigious trophy for the cream of the crop of the region’s historic cars, personally presented by His Royal Highness, an advocate of the gentlemen sport of vintage and classic concours.

The additional components making its debut at this year’s ASIA KLASIKA Motor Festival are Rally Klasika- a Tour d’ Elegance of Putrajaya, Super Marques Asia- a supercar show & shine competition and Retro Japan- a showcase of iconic Japanese collector cars.

The event organiser is also collaborating with the National Cancer Council Malaysia (MAKNA) as its official charity partner throughout the festival, aiding the fight against cancer
Another grand feature of the festival is ‘The Pullman Sale’ – a collectors’ cars private treaty sales-show which is brought to you exclusively by Kuala Lumpur & Temasek Classic Automobiles Sdn Bhd. Collector car shoppers will be able to feast on newly imported cars from United Kingdom, Australia and Japan estimated to be valued at RM5 million collectively. Kuala Lumpur & Temasek Classic Automobiles Sdn Bhd is an establishment that provides end to end assistance in relation to classic and contemporary automobiles, from sale and purchase to detailing, restoration and maintenance.
Also hopping on the bandwagon are premium and exotic motorcycle brands, namely Indian, Victory and Ducati, bringing something to the table for the motorcycle fans and enthusiasts.

Definitely an event that is not to be missed, do head over to the Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside Hotel to witness the ASIA KLASIKA Motor Festival, a display of iconic automobiles from the region. Admission is Free.