Asia Klasika Motor Festival pulls 30,000 visitors

By CARSIFU | 20 October 2015

PUTRAJAYA: Touted as South East Asia's premier automobile festival, the tiger-themed “Ultimate Cats” Asia Klasika Motor Festival saw limited edition exotic cars, motorcycles, caravans and one 52-feet Marauder SS ‘Cigarette Racing’ performance boat belonging to the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar.

The sixth annual show took place at the Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside hotel, where 30,000 visitors came for the three-day show that was held in collaboration with Astro’s inaugural XLR8 motoring weekend.
Citroen DS 60th anniversary celebrations at Asia Klasika Motor Festival 2015
Available for viewing were also a number of car that delighted the fans including “Proton 1” - the first production Proton Saga for Malaysia as well as other brands from Jaguar (XK, E-Type, MK 2), Citroen (DS range), Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Alfa Romeo to name a few.

Also on display was the Sultan's newly acquired bespoke Super-Liner Mack Truck, which was recently unveiled in Brisbane Australia as well as his tiger-themed Kembara Mahkota Harley Davidson motorcycles, a 2014 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette ZO6, which he and his son Tunku Idris Sultan Ibrahim arrived in respectively.

The Jaguar’s fastest road-going car, the F-Type Project 7, made its debut at this year’s show after it was unveiled at last year’s Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance and the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The limited edition Jaguar F Type Project 7 making it's first South East Asian appearence at Asia Klasika Motor Festival
The limited edition model carried the design language of the past Jaguar D-Types of 1956 and 1957, and pays tribute to the brand’s seven-time Le Mans win from 1951 to 1990. Also on display was a rare Jaguar XJ220.

Making the scene for the first time was Singapore-based Munich Automobiles – a BMW Alpina dealer, which displayed a 2014 Alpina D3 Biturbo to commemorate 50 years of the tuning house, along side an original 1984 BMW E30 M3 and a 2013 DTM M3 Coupe Bruno Spengler limited edition model.

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia also took the opportunity to showcase its latest offerings, the Mercedes-Benz AMG C63S and CLA 250 4Matic Shooting Brake, in conjunction with the company’s MY Urban Hunting campaign at the venue.
From left, a 1926 Ford Model T and 1927 Whippet at Asia Klasika Motor Festival 2015
Investment-grade collector cars were available during the Pullman Sale that included a right-hand drive 1958 Porsche 356 Speedster (RM2.98mil), a 1971 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.3 and a 1967 Austin-Healey BJ8 3000 Phase II – all of which were among 13 other cars. The total value of the sale exceeded RM30 million this year.

“The quality of concours cars this year was top notch and our judges were amazed with the standards of restoration and competitive spirit of the participants”, said Australian chief judge Brian Ruwoldt.