'Mat Rempit' Showing Off Their Creativities Modified Motorcycles
~source from http://www.nst.com.my/nst/articles
IPOH: About 5,000 die-hard fans of classic and modified cars and motorcycles gathered as early as 8am at the Dataran MBI here on Saturday to witness the 1Malaysia Autoshow Carnival 2011.
The event which ended about midnight was organised by the Perak state government, RKF management and Extreme Motorsport.
The autoshow carnival was launched by the State Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Committee chairman Datuk Zainol Fadzi Paharuddin.
Zainol said the exhibition was meant to bring together motorsports enthusiasts from all over the country. It was also held to promote motorsports as a healthy hobby among youths.
"We hope that this will foster ties among fans in the spirit of 1Malaysia.
"Instead of engaging in illegal Mat Rempit activities, we want to show youths the proper channels into which they can express their energy and passion.
"Events such as these will also encourage them to spend their free time more fruitfully," he told reporters at a press conference here.
Also present were Perak traffic police chief Supt Wan Abdullah Ishak and 1Malaysia Welfare Association president Datuk Kamarul Airi Arifin.
Visitors to the exhibition were excited to see various classic and modern cars.
The cars on display included Perodua Kancil, Perodua Myvi and Proton Satria which had been extensively modified by their owners.
Their handiwork were showcased via various categories such as Proton Standard Modified, Perodua Standard Modified, Open Standard Modified, K-ca VIP Style and Mira Look.
For bike owners, the three categories of showmanship were Spraycan + Airbrush, Classic and Vespas.
Audio system lovers got to show off their audio "personalities" through the 2 Woofers, 4 Woofers, 6-8 Woofers and open categories.
There were also sprint races for motorcycles.
Other fun-filled activities had lots of prizes and hampers to be given away.