August Editorial: Beyond The Conventional

Over the course of my last week in Kuala Lumpur, I had a lot of people ask why is it that I come to Malaysia every year.

Within the content we present you with in our little car-centric corner of the internet, we aim to discover the automotive movers and shakers of this world, the trend setters, the big builders and famous shops that push the envelope. But there’s always been one element to hunting speed that we haven’t lost sight of since day one: getting to as many different places as possible. Even in countries where car culture is a little harder to find or not as diverse, we’ll be there trying to get a feel for it, talking to owners and people that make a living from it.


While Art of Speed always does a great job of presenting the best of Malaysia, the one thing I always look forward to is Speedhunting the streets of KL. Thanks to some awesome local support, that also extends to checking out the outfits that are making it all so special.


In this country of contrasts, car culture blurs the social divisions. There are the wealthy who can get their hands on anything they want and keep it hidden away, and those that despite not having the financial means to go all-out, are still able to create very special machines by using their ingenuity. Cars bring everyone together.


No matter how many times I visit KL, I always come away thinking that I’ve barely scratched the surface, and this year was no different.


And there’s a lot I have to share with you this time around, as the scratching I did do unveiled some awesome shops, some colorful individuals and a few unexpected finds.


Malaysia is a country that undoubtedly loves cars, and a place where Speedhunters gets a ton of love.


Over the course of the coming month, I think you’ll get a better idea of what I’m talking about.

All those stories plus a whole lot more from Team Speedhunters is coming at you in August.

Dino Dalle Carbonare
Instagram: speedhunters_dino



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Still planning to stop by Okazaki?


looking forward on this one


Got excited thinking that this was going to be a Saab blog.

Looking forward to what comes out of this trip.


Finally. Some swedish metal. Seeing this in probably the most unexpected place in the world is the icing on the cake.
I mean, a Saab 900 in KL, you rarely see these things in mid/southern Europe anymore !


Because all 30 year old cars are snatched up by people in "prime, garaged condition" and driven by people who live in Salt Belts as a daily driver because it was so cheap, I cringe when people beat on old luxury cars because of their price tag its a waste of automotive history and for those that mod and keep ruining rarer and rarer platforms to just make copies of whate everyone else does is making some great automotive icons dissapear. I mean do what you want. but im an OEM+ purist, I try to fit everything from my factory parts bin using ideas and concepts from every range and model in attempt to achieve individuality.

Anyone can buy brembo brakes, handcrafting a big break kit on the cheap like tavarish did is more admirable.

Thats just an opinion.



All I did was express my hapiness about the fact there is a surviving Saab 900 in KL.
Not sure how your rant is related to that?
BTW among other cars, I am keeping a Volvo 740 Station wagon in pristine, completely original condition.
This attitude does NOT prevent me from using a 740 sedan for drifting and rallying, though.
Does it always have to be either BLACK or WHITE for some people ?



lol, that escalated quickly.


OEM+ engine swaps staying within your manufacturers part bins, its much more fun to do a build that requires ingenuity. That and saving models of cars that have already been modded to death is much more admirable in my opinion but I love automotive history.


For a second there I was thinking of Meshuggah and InFlames when you said Swedish metal, took me longer than I'm proud of to realize what you meant.


That, in turn, gives me the comfy feeling I am not the only one who sometimes needs that little bit more time to get it ;-)

Ahmad Zaim Solehin

nice writng Dino! #proudtobemalaysians


Any more on the Saab??


I can't stand accordion bumpers on 911s but somehow on SAABs it kind of works.

Sincerely, a child of the 80's and 90's.