For me, 2023 has thus far been an incredible time crammed with modified automobiles.
Final month, I travelled to Japan to attend Tokyo Auto Salon and hit up a few different occasions, together with the well-known RWB New Year Party. I already miss Japan a lot, however on the similar time I’ve been trying ahead to getting concerned with the local-to-me Indonesian scene. The primary main occasion on the calendar was the 2023 Bandung JDM Fest, hosted by my good mates at HPT Motorsport.
The occasion was held on the Bandung Conference Middle within the West Java metropolis of Bandung, and was cut up between indoor and out of doors sections. Because it was raining after I arrived, I made a decision to take a look at the indoor side first, and was immediately greeted by a diverse vary of Japanese automobiles.
Indonesia has so many distinctive automobiles and attention-grabbing builds happening, lots of which nobody is aware of about till an occasion like this comes round.
The Honda NSX is the dream automotive of many, however they’re not often seen in Indonesia. So being within the firm of three examples in a single place at one time was fairly a sight. The black instance is totally inventory, and parked subsequent to it was an all-original JZA80 Toyota Supra. How typically do you see ’90s-era Japanese efficiency icons offered like this?!
Once I noticed this construct I did a double take and needed to ask myself ‘did Honda make a EK Civic station wagon?’ The reply is not any, however they did manufacture an Orthia wagon completely for the Japanese home market, and people automobiles can settle for an EK Civic entrance finish conversion. This specific Orthia not solely options such a facelift, but in addition a DOHC VTEC B-series engine. I like wagons, so this was superior to see.
How a couple of 2022 Nismo GT-R parked up subsequent to a HKS GT1000-turbo-kitted and Varis-wide-bodied 2008 Nissan GT-R? Choose your poison…
It’s loopy to assume that the R35 GT-R has been in manufacturing for such a very long time, however in a manner that’s a very good factor as a lot aftermarket assist has been constructed for the mannequin during the last decade-plus.
I couldn’t move by this Honda Civic Estilo with out grabbing a couple of pictures. Don’t let the child blue exterior idiot you, this one’s working an AWD conversion, K24 engine swap and a sequential gearbox.
The rain didn’t actually cease, however I took my probabilities and headed exterior on the venue for the opposite half of JDM Fest. As anticipated, there was lots to see.
The Bandung modified automotive scene is understood for its love of JDM fashions, and with that comes lots of people working Subaru Impreza WRX STIs and Mitsubishi Lancer Evolutions. I even picked up my first automotive, a Subaru STI, on this metropolis.
Talking of STIs, this blue Bugeye had a ton of aftermarket components fitted, plus a constructed engine with nitrous besides. It received the ‘Greatest Sedan’ award, so I took the chance to seize a couple of pictures after the occasion. Verify these out within the huge gallery chapter on the finish of the submit.
This Nissan Juke, with its DTM-style wide-body equipment, full roll cage and serious-looking engine bay additionally piqued my curiosity. These items are a bit of odd in inventory kind not to mention modified, however bizarre automobiles are very charming to me.
Studying about uncommon and unknown automobiles is shortly turning into one in every of my favourite issues concerning the Indonesian scene. It’s made me grow to be extra conscious of fashions which may not be appreciated by anybody apart from these who personal them, case-in-point this AWD Toyota Corolla GT-i 16 elevate again from the late ’80s/early ’90s.
Indonesia additionally has a robust 4×4/off-road scene, so I’m all the time comfortable to see a bunch of those automobiles come out when there’s an occasion taking place.
And did I point out kei compacts and vans?!
The 2023 Bandung JDM Fest was an important factor for the Indonesian efficiency and customized Japanese automotive scene. It drew out among the most attention-grabbing automobiles I’ve seen shortly and, better of all, obtained me super-motivated to discover extra of the tradition surrounding them.
Take a look at the gallery beneath for lots extra from this occasion, together with the aforementioned Bugeye STI.