Final week, I introduced you a primary have a look at The Elite Showcase 2023 via an extended gallery post.
In the present day we’re again in Banten, Indonesia for extra from this occasion. This time round although, we’re testing a few of my present standouts, of which there have been many. It appeared like the 2 years that The Elite Showcase didn’t occur as a result of pandemic restrictions, offered Indonesian automobile builders with the time to actually raise their sport.
One of many nice issues about this present is its range. Whereas The Elite Showcase attracts a whole lot of Japanese tuner-style automobiles, there’s additionally an enormous prove of Euros and a few traditional muscle thrown in too.
I need to begin right here although, with two builds of many from XS Storage in Jakarta…
They’re each FD3S Mazda RX-7s they usually’re each pink, however that’s just about the place the similarities finish. The Pandem-kitted automobile options an LS V8 swap up entrance, whereas the RE-Amemiya-kitted machine retains to the rotary script, however with a customized naturally aspirated 4-rotor setup. Neither one among these builds would have been straightforward to attain in Indonesia.
This lineup of Mitsubishi Lancer Evolutions was superior to see. My private favourite was the XS-built white Evo V with RAYS Volk Racing TE37SLs and a Tomei-built engine. It’s a future Speedhunters characteristic automobile for positive.
The final XS Storage construct I need to present you is The Elite Showcase 2023’s ‘Better of Present’ award winner, which additionally options within the lead picture. This RB28-powered Nissan Silvia S15 has it all.
Gspeed is one other Jakarta-based store, however one that makes a speciality of restoring and customizing traditional equipment to an ultra-high commonplace. SEMA Present regulars, Gspeed’s husband and spouse house owners began their journey with the burnt orange GM Holden Monaro, however a few of their more moderen builds have revolved round Ford pickup vehicles.
Talking of restorations, one among my absolute favourite automobiles at The Elite Showcase was this LJ10 Suzuki Jimny constructed by Garasi164. From what I used to be informed, the Jimny was discovered rusting away in a rice paddy subject with just about all of the metal (besides the firewall) in want of main restore. The truth that this late-’70s Suzuki now seems to be model new is testomony to the work put into it.
Indonesia has many proficient automotive grasp crafters, and on the again of that there was a gradual rise in high-end, handcrafted automobiles. This pair of replicas primarily based on the Cobra Shelby and Mustang Fastback GT had been created by Dynaworks, they usually’re each beautiful.
Right here’s one thing that I’ve by no means heard of or seen earlier than. Within the Autofresh x RMODA Studio sales space, they had been showcasing some new peel-off paint know-how. It’s principally a wrap – however sprayed on like Plasti Dip – and the ensuing paint-like end may be very convincing.
It wouldn’t be a correct Indonesian automobile present with out some stance, however I didn’t anticipate to see one thing fairly so phenomenal as this bagged Aston Martin DB11 V12. I couldn’t maintain my eyes off it, and I’ve to say, the slammed look fits this automobile so effectively.
On the subject of baggage, I all the time take pleasure in seeing what air-ride specialist Artwork Customized Works from Bandung have been as much as. A few of their setups are insane.
Take this Air Lift Performance-equipped Mini Cooper S for instance – simply wow! All the cast carbon work was finished in-house too.
There have been various very good GT-Rs – each of the R35 and Skyline selection – on present at The Elite Showcase, however it’s exhausting to beat a Mine’s-tuned instance.
As I discussed in my first publish from this occasion, the turnout and high quality of automobiles on show at The Elite Showcase 2023 simply surpassed any of the earlier occasions. And that stated, I feel the way forward for Indonesian automobile tradition may be very vivid.