The clock ticked past 11pm on the 18th of May. A miniscule gathering of friends gathered to embark on a 300+ KM drive up to Sepang International Circuit, to act as a support and pit crew for a friend who was participating in the Time To Attack, organized by ZerotoHundred.com.
2012 was a hectic but eventful year with a sensational trip to the Land of the Rising Sun. Followers of our blog would most certainly recall my recollection of these adventures from earlier posts last year. There are still a couple of undertakings from these Japan exploits that I must share with you guys, and Moon Eyes Yokohama is one of them. I braved the blistering cold of the coast of Yokohama, traversing on foot from ASM to the peculiar locale where American influence has descended upon like a whirlwind. My mind was reeling and my heart palpitated wildly as I pondered about the clandestine American iron horses that I will be viewing? Was the arduous walk worth it or will it be the story of a poor wayfaring stranger?
During my shop visit to MoonEyes, Moon of Japan (article coming up after this, this event is way too backlogged) I got news from the staff at the shop that there will be a “gathering” of Volkswagen that will be happening over the weekend at the PA near Tokyo Teleport station.
Gathering to me is probably 30 cars chilling over a couple of drinks under the sun and doing nothing much but admiring each others automobile.
30 cars, small gathering must be held a small PA to me. Coming out of the subway to the PA just in front of the Toyota Museum, only a small line of taxis was to be seen. Did I really just spend like SGD$10 on train and got the dates wrong? Decided to ask the taxi drivers if theres another PA around the area, nope was his answer. Not giving in, up came the iPhone and google map, there was another PA about 5 mins away, boy it was huge, than the rumbling of the flat four off a Beetle just drove by. Follow it!
Location was huge. Later did I realized that this is maybe the largest VW show in Tokyo, or even Japan.
With an area this big, what should I be expecting? VW specialists have massive booths displaying show cars and clients cars? Or a grassroots events where anyone is invited, just like how we want The Alliance Meet to be?
Paid for my ticket and was flanked by 2 VW workshops that were specializing in 2 different genres.
How bout a race ready, muffler in the sky, Advan A050 wearing VW Beetle being trailered by a Chevy truck in custom candy teal?
Singapore’s a society where a driver of a souped up hatchback is deemed to be a hoonigan. Hoonigan – as defined as someone who participates in any type of reckless driving including but not limited to drifting, drag racing, and burnouts. There has been countless news reports over the years battering some errant drivers, having no legal circuit here in Singapore taking part in illegal night races on the roads.
Personally I don’t condone such acts that resemble those seen on Fast & Furious, but ever since those reports were out, there is a certain prejudice against owners of such hatchbacks that actually visit neighbouring Malaysia for a track day. Likewise with Nigel, he does up his car to suit the racetracks in Malaysia – he changed 3 oversized brake kits just to make sure he gets what he wants.
The Right Wrong crew were invited to cover a VW Scirocco meet up held at Kallang Leisure Park. The gathering venue was initially planned at Big Splash overlooking the beach however due to parking constraints the group decided to amend that plan.
Quite a turnout!
The showcase of cars did not limit to Sciroccos or Rocs, as some of them coined that name only, there were a few Golfs, all from the Volkswagen family.
This VAG meet has been over for almost two weeks. Photographer has been having exams and thus the delay in getting this post up. Regardless, it is up now and we said we would want to cover most of the car culture in Singapore. With the growing popularity of Euro cars especially with the Volkswagens and Audis for modification, how could we not cover the VAGSG meet. As you have seen in the previous post BMW.SG M meet up was also held on the same day.
It was indeed a Euro feast for TheRightWrong crew, all of which are driving JDMs. This does not mean we do not appreciate a good Euro. The Hellaflush movement overseas comprises largely of Euros and we were interested to see if any of that hype has spread to Singapore.
By the looks of it, No...
There weren’t any extremely stretched tyre type Hellaflushed cars present but more and more Singaporeans have been willing to push the boundaries on how low their car can get. I guess infusing the Hellaflush culture into Singapore will require a bit more time.
We were invited down by one of the coordinators of the VAGSG meet a couple of weeks back. As you saw in the previous post there happened to be a BMW SG M meet up as well as well as the Mercedes Club meet all at the same location on the very same day!
Talk about it being a productive day for us. We decided not to cover the Mercedes meet because there were not many modified examples. Most of the cars we saw looked exactly like how they rolled off the show room floor. VAG SG however was a whole different matter. VAG represents the Volkswagen and Audi group and we were presented with an extremely wide array of different styles.
Unfortunately our photographer is extremely busy with exams at the moment. We have so many things and cars to cover but so little time! That being said, do stay tuned to the site for more upcoming updates.
Words by : Ben Wong, Photos by : Canibeat, Michael Russo
Over here in Singapore, we have the fortune of having cheaper labour costs compared to the people over in Australia and in the US. Therefore everything is mostly Garage built instead of home-built like those in overseas countries. Some how that has left us with the impression that everything has to be perfect in order for a car to be shown off. I’m here to prove you other wise. Your car does not have to be perfect, nor does it have to be complete. All it has to have is the right direction and any car will still look amazing. Here’s an example from Wekfest in Chicago taken from Canibeat by photographer Michael Russo of an unfinished Volkswagen.