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WAAT 1.0: Asia Klasika Motor Festival 2015

“Creative Volts was invited to be part of ‘Ultimate Cats’!”

Southeast Asia’s premier automobile festival, Asia Klasika, celebrated its 6th anniversary recently by showcasing yet again a selection of classic and contemporary exotic cars and motorcycles. The event this year was held in Putrajaya and included the Malaysia International Vintage and Classic Car Concours which saw the participation of iconic motor vehicles from around the region vying for the coveted Sultan Ibrahim Challenge Trophy and Best of Show award, among others.

This year, the highly coveted Sultan Ibrahim Cup was awarded by Tunku Idris to Al Dakshi from Singapore, who is the proud owner of a pristine 1958 Jaguar XK150 Drophead Coupe. Dakshi also bagged two other class awards.

The highlight of the festival is the annual showcase of fine automobiles from the Royal Johor Automobile Collection, courtesy of its distinguished royal patron, the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar.

The theme of the festival annually is based on the automotive anniversary celebrations of the particular year and for 2015, ‘Ultimate Cats‘was announced as its theme. The marques and models celebrated at the festival this year were led by Jaguar (80 years), Citroen DS (60 years), Mercedes-Benz 190SL (60 years), BMW 3-Series (40 years), Proton (30 years) and a special tribute to the 105 Series of Alfa Romeo in conjunction with the 105th anniversary of the iconic Italian marque.

The feline theme of the festival was inspired by Jaguar and Proton, which respectively represent the jaguar and tiger. The unique attribute of the festival’s automotive anniversary celebrations is that it encourages the participation of a marque’s local representative to showcase their contemporary models alongside the heritage cars from the royal collection.

The festival also welcomed its first international automotive manufacturer representative with participation by Munich Automobiles, Singapore’s official BMW Alpina dealer. Mercedes-BenzMalaysiaalso took the opportunity to showcase its latest offerings, the AMG C63S and CLA 250 4Matic Shooting Brake.

Asia Klasika’s ‘Pullman Sale’, highlighted the sale of investment-grade collector cars such as a pristine right-hand-drive 1958 Porsche 356 Speedster with an asking price of RM2.98 million. Amongst the 13 collector cars on sale were a 1971 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.3 and a 1967 Austin-Healey BJ8 3000 Phase II. Making its debut at the sale this year was a couple of tastefully customized Chevrolet Impalas collectively prized at RM1.0 million. The total value of Pullman Sale cars this year exceeded RM30 million.

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