Earlier this yr, the Retro Havoc staff ticked off their eighth annual occasion with one other delightfully chaotic present close to Kuala Lumpur.
The massive turnout at that occasion is all of the proof you want that Malaysian automotive tradition is on an upward trajectory, however provided that Retro Havoc is predominately for classics – simply as its identify suggests – think about how massive of a present you’d have in Malaysia if it was opened as much as every part? Nicely, we don’t must think about, as a result of Retro Havoc Encore Limitless answered that query final weekend. And it was large.
So large in actual fact, that it might solely be held on a former airport runway that measures 1.2km (0.74mi) lengthy and 4 automobile lanes’ vast. Encore Limitless had capability for two,000 present vehicles and the identical variety of bikes, and house stuffed up quick.
My plan was to reach on the venue early and catch a few of the vehicles and bikes rolling in, however it turned out that many have been already on web site and in place. Nonetheless, issues received off to an amazing begin, with morning gentle falling throughout the scene and Kuala Lumpur’s glowing metropolis skyline within the background.
Given the bodily dimension of this occasion – and the very fact it ran from early morning till midnight – I ended up taking pictures a lot of pictures. So I’ve determined to separate my primary protection up into two elements. Right this moment, we’ll take a fast have a look at a few of my favourite elements of Encore Limitless, and this might be adopted up with a big gallery put up later within the week.
Let’s get into it…
The very first thing it’s essential to learn about Retro Havoc Encore Limitless is that it’s not only a static occasion. Close to the doorway, native drifters placed on a present from 10:00am until late, and drift taxi rides allowed spectators to get amongst it too. There’s nothing higher than the sound of a 2JZ or V8 bashing its limiter very first thing within the morning.
From what I’ve seen, Malaysia has some of the progressive drifting scenes in all of Southeast Asia. Each time I go to Kuala Lumpur there appears to be an area drift occasion taking place, and simply this weekend the runway was taking part in host to Malaysia’s nationwide drifting championship with Spherical three of the Drift Kings Asia Cup.
Many vehicles piqued my curiosity on the occasion, however the one that stood out to me probably the most was this Toyota Caserta. I’d by no means heard of this mannequin, and after scratching my head for an excellent whereas I consulted Google, the place a search revealed solely 150 items having ever been constructed by Modellista (a Toyota Motor Company affiliate) on the MR-2 Spyder/MR-S base. I like studying new issues at automotive occasions.
I’m an enormous fan of EF-series Honda Civic, and at Encore Limitless I discovered one of many cleanest examples I’ve ever seen. A easy B-series DOHC VTEC engine setup sitting in a wire-tucked and smoothed bay, coupled with a caged inside and RAYS Volk Racing TE37 wheels equals absolute perfection for me.
Then there was this purple wide-body Porsche Boxster, which really isn’t a Porsche Boxster in any respect. It’s, in actual fact, one other MR-S with customized bodywork from JWide that mimics the 981. It fooled me and it fooled my pals. The A31 Nissan Cefiro subsequent to it – additionally a JWide construct – is an actual looker too.
It was nice to see a big group of women come out to share within the love for Malaysia’s customized automotive scene with their very own builds. Due to Farah from Retro Havoc for getting the ladies collectively for a couple of photographs.
On the far finish of the runway sat two very cool Honda Citys. I completely adore these little vehicles, and every time I see one in individual I’ll at all times spend time to test it out. I additionally love the truth that in Japan the Metropolis may very well be bought with a Honda Motocompo scooter, which folded up and match completely within the rear. There have been a couple of of these on show too.
It wouldn’t be a Retro Havoc occasion with out exhaust pops and bangs, and as individuals rolled out of the venue late within the night it received actual rowdy. However this time there was fireplace too. That’s the bonus of an outside occasion.
I had a good time at Encore Limitless, and as soon as once more it’s all because of the couple behind Retro Havoc – Alie and Farah. Their dedication to the trigger speaks volumes, and I don’t suppose Malaysian automotive tradition could be what it’s now if it wasn’t for all of their laborious work behind the scenes.
Keep tuned for that Retro Havoc Encore Limitless mega gallery…