LOTUS @ MEAN MACHINES 2010 (PART 4) – VIDEO

Here’s a short video I threw together so you can see what went down at the Lotus booth during Mean Machines 2010!

The music is by super cool electronic band Caribou (I know Jeremy loves them) and is taken from their new album Swim, which is out now.

It was a really fun event, the best Mean Machines so far.

I can’t wait for the next one!

LOTUS @ MEAN MACHINES 2010 (PART 3)

Lotus @ Mean Machines 2010

On Day 2 of Mean Machines, someone had the bright idea of popping the top off the Lotus Elise 111S demo car and driving around Auto City with 2 lovely ladies standing in the passenger seat.

Somehow I was given the daunting task of not stalling the car and not killing the girls.

Lotus @ Mean Machines 2010

So many people crowded round the car as we drove around (even with some crew clearing a path for me) and I was fucking scared that I would run over someone’s foot.

It was pretty crazy but it also ended up being pretty fun!

Lotus @ Mean Machines 2010

The view from where I was sitting.

:)

LOTUS @ MEAN MACHINES 2010 (PART 2)

Lotus @ Mean Machines 2010

(continued from my previous post)

The crowd was buzzing at the Lotus booth until pretty late but there were loads of people milling around where the Lotus Cars Club had parked their cars.

Lotus @ Mean Machines 2010

I think a lot of people were super psyched to see so many Lotus’ in one place as they are a very rare sight on Malaysian roads.

Actually, in Penang you are more likely to see a Bentley, Ferrari or Lamborghini on the road than a Lotus.

Lotus @ Mean Machines 2010

On the way back to the hotel, I was given the keys to the Evora by Oh Kah Beng, head of Lotus Malaysia (I think he wanted to drive my Impreza again. Hehehe)

Lotus @ Mean Machines 2010

It was nice to drive the Evora on roads that I am familiar with so I could feel how the car handled in comparison to mine.

Lotus @ Mean Machines 2010

The Northam reserved all the parking spots in front of the hotel for Lotus which was very kind of them.

I really can’t explain the feeling you get when you see so many awesome pieces of machinery in one place at the same time.

Lotus @ Mean Machines 2010

Did you know that one of the first questions Oh Kah Beng will ask someone who calls him about buying a Lotus is:

“Do you have a tummy?”

Lotus @ Mean Machines 2010

No, Kah Beng is not prejudiced against lard-asses like I am.

It is actually a simple and practical piece of information that Kah Beng needs to know because if you have a huge beer belly or a really fat ass, you will not be able to physically get in or out of an Elise or an Exige.

Lotus @ Mean Machines 2010

Lotus cars are all about saving weight and removing anything that is unnecessary anyway so I think it does make sense that people with too much excess weight on them can’t get into the cars.

Hohoho!

LOTUS @ MEAN MACHINES 2010 (PART 1)

Lotus @ Mean Machines 2010

This past weekend (23/24 October) saw the largest performance motorsports exhibition in Malaysia take place at Auto City in Juru, Penang.

The event, called “Mean Machines” showcased all sorts of vehicles from 2-wheels to 4-wheels and supercars to classics.

Lotus Malaysia was invited to participate and naturally I was there to support them.

Some members of the Lotus Car Club of Malaysia also came up to support Lotus, which was fantastic coz I got to hang out with a bunch of hardcore driving enthusiasts!

Lotus @ Mean Machines 2010

This photo was taken from the 23rd floor of the Northam Hotel.

I had arranged for Lotus to stay here for this trip and it turned out to be a great choice because all of the hotel’s staff were helpful and attentive to everyone’s needs.

It’s a pretty awesome sight to see so many Lotus’ parked in one place and I think everyone who walked in or out of the hotel stopped to take a photo of the cars.

Lotus @ Mean Machines 2010

After checking in to the hotel, we ran a high-speed convoy to Auto City.

Lotus @ Mean Machines 2010

Gymkhana-freak Jackson was with me, wearing the most awesome t-shirt ever designed in the history of man.

He didn’t want to get out of this Elise and we had to drag him kicking and screaming away from it. Hahaha

(This car was later sold to an eager buyer!)

Lotus @ Mean Machines 2010

Penang’s Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng was there to start the festivities and also “unveil” the Lotus Evora (which hadn’t been launched in the Northern Region yet)

I like Lim Guan Eng because he seems like he’s genuinely interested in making a Penang a better place to live and he cares about the people.

I’d like to mention that the opening ceremony was scheduled to start at 5pm and Lim Guan Eng actually was making this speech at 5.15pm. For those of you who don’t live in Malaysia, big-shot Malaysian politicians and VIPs are NEVER on time. Even though they have police escorts to clear roads for them and whatnot, I’ve NEVER seen a high-ranking politician/VIP arrive less than an hour after the scheduled time, let alone be ON time.

Extra points for Lim Guan Eng in my book!

After the unveiling of the Evora, I spent a little time walking around Auto City with Jackson to check out some of the other booths but it was really fucking hot so I decided to go back to the Lotus booth and chill.

This is what was waiting for me when I got there:

Lotus @ Mean Machines 2010

All the contestants from the Miss Mean Machines pageant were posing with the Lotus cars and a sea of perverts… oops I mean “guys with cameras” were taking photos of the girls. It was fucking chaos/pandemonium and at one point, the chain that was keeping the guys back actually broke because they were trying to get a little too close to the girls. Jackson was actually screaming, “Stay back! Stay back! You’ll scratch the fucking cars!”

Lotus @ Mean Machines 2010

Of course, me being on the other side of the fence meant that I could freely walk amongst the girls and take whatever photos I wanted to.

Lotus @ Mean Machines 2010

Sometimes it really sucks to be me, but today was definitely NOT one of those days.

Lotus @ Mean Machines 2010

I think this girl actually ended up winning the Miss Mean Machines pageant.

Please don’t hate me:

Lotus @ Mean Machines 2010

More to come!

P.S. I’d like to thank Jafifa from the Northam Hotel for making all the arrangements for me and taking such good care of Lotus!

MALAYSIA – LAND OF THE MYTHICAL WHITE ELEPHANT

The Mythical White Elephant

I’m sure most of you know one of the hottest topics in Malaysian news nowadays is the proposed “100 storey Mega Tower” that our current Prime Minister wants to build in Kuala Lumpur.

This news has sparked the anger of hundreds of thousands of Malaysian who see this as yet another “white elephant” glamor project to stroke the egos of those in control.

The tower is supposed to cost RM5billion.

That’s quite a lot of money to anyone (except maybe Bill Gates)

In just a few days, 88,000 people have joined a group on Facebook protesting against this project, which I think is a good indication of how the educated populace (those with access to computers) feels about the Warisan Merdeka.

This is what Malaysia’s Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had to say about the project:

“The same happened when we wanted to build the (Petronas) Twin Towers. The decision was also questioned. Our rationale for wanting the 100-storey building is the same. We want to have a building that will reflect Malaysia as a modern and developed nation.”

The fundamental problem with this statement is that the Prime Minister wants to show Malaysia as modern and developed nation (because it can build 100-storey buildings) but we all know that Malaysia is a DEVELOPING COUNTRY.

Why would you want to spend billions of ringgit to pretend to be something that you are not?

There is a word for people like this:

POSER

There is also another word that might be even better:

WANNABE

Datuk Seri Ng Yen Yen - Malaysia's Minister of Tourism

The Minister of Tourism, Datuk Seri Ng Yen Yen had this to say about the project:

“It will not only be beneficial to the tourism industry, but also for the domestic trade sector … Malaysians should take this suggestion positively because this 100-storey tower is for the good of the country … We can build it as we have the capacity for such structures. Look at Shanghai (China), they start with a tower and keep adding more, the same goes for Taipei”

How the fuck is this monolith going to benefit the tourism industry? Are people really going to come to Malaysia to see a really tall commercial building? How is a really tall building going to be good for the country?

Come on, are you seriously comparing Kuala Lumpur to Shanghai or Taipei?

But bear in mind, this is the same woman who said:

“We cannot continue to let other countries hijack our food. Chilli crab is Malaysian. Hainanese chicken rice is Malaysian. We have to lay claim to our food.”

For those of you living outside of Malaysia – yes, this is the type of verbal diarrhea that Malaysians have to put up with all the time.

For Barisan Nasional, if you REALLY want to make the people happy (and henceforth support you in the next election) STOP DOING STUPID SHIT LIKE THIS.

You are basically forcing people to vote for the opposition.

Imagine if RM5billion was used to …

  • Build more schools/hire better teachers
  • Give more Malaysians tertiary education/technical training
  • Fight crime/give police better salaries so they didn’t need to resort to bribing people
  • Improve public transport/build better city infrastructures

Wouldn’t Malaysia be closer towards its dream of becoming a developed nation?

P.S. I hope everyone will voice their opinion on the subject – whether it’s on your blog, on your Facebook page or just when you are hanging out with your mates. Write to newspapers and tell them how you feel. Make bumper stickers and put them on your car. Run through the streets shouting “No Mega Tower!” all day.

Do something!

If everyone shuts up then NOTHING in Malaysia will ever change.

Join the No Mega Tower Facebook Group here.

Oh yeah, and watch this:

TIME TO ATTACK!

Zero To Hundred: Time To Attack

Hey hey! I will be participating in Time To Attack, Malaysia’s premier timed racing event on the 31st of October at Sepang International Circuit!

I’ve always had a fascination with time attack events, especially the ones taking place at the legendary Tsukuba Circuit in Japan so I’m SUPER happy that at last Malaysia has it’s own quality time attack event.

Time To Attack is organized by the fine folks from ZeroToHundred.com, Malaysia’s most popular automotive lifestyle website. This is the 3rd time attack event they’ve done this year and from what I’ve heard, it’s going to be the best one yet.

I’m not expecting to be anywhere near the top of the time sheets since there are going to be a LOT of highly tuned monsters at the event (plus I have to drive 800km from and to Penang so I’ve got to be nice to my engine) – but I am looking to go and set a reference time that I can use as a benchmark for the future development of my car and have as much fun as possible in the process!

If you’re interested in seeing around 100 Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Porsches, GTRs, Lotus, Evos, Imprezas and more tear it up on the track then make sure you are at Sepang International Circuit on the 31st of October, 2010! (Entry is free for spectators)

And if you think you have a fast car then put RM350 where your mouth is and register at timetoattack.net.

Hope to see everyone there!

;)

Here’s ZeroToHundred’s coverage of the last 2 Time To Attack events:

http://www.zerotohundred.com/2010/auto-features/time-to-attack-sepang-round-1-the-aftermath/

http://www.zerotohundred.com/newforums/features/344268-time-to-attack-sepang-round-2-more-cars-and-dry-weather.html