The Elite Showcase Standouts – Speedhunters

Final week, I introduced you a primary have a look at The Elite Showcase 2023 via an prolonged gallery put up.

At this time 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 on account of pandemic restrictions, supplied Indonesian automotive builders with the time to actually raise their recreation.


One of many nice issues about this present is its range. Whereas The Elite Showcase attracts numerous Japanese tuner-style vehicles, 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 and so they’re each pink, however that’s just about the place the similarities finish. The Pandem-kitted automotive 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 in every of these builds would have been simple to realize 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 automotive 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 normal. 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 vans.


Talking of restorations, one in every of my absolute favourite vehicles 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 area with just about all of the metal (besides the firewall) in want of main restore. The truth that this late-’70s Suzuki now seems 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 vehicles. This pair of replicas based mostly on the Cobra Shelby and Mustang Fastback GT have been created by Dynaworks, and so they’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 have been showcasing some new peel-off paint know-how. It’s mainly 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 automotive 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 automotive so effectively.


On the subject of baggage, I at all times 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 achieved in-house too.


There have been numerous very good GT-Rs – each of the R35 and Skyline selection – on present at The Elite Showcase, nevertheless it’s laborious to beat a Mine’s-tuned instance.


As I discussed in my first put up from this occasion, the turnout and high quality of vehicles on show at The Elite Showcase 2023 simply surpassed any of the earlier occasions. And that stated, I feel the way forward for Indonesian automotive tradition may be very vivid.

Rick Muda
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