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    NST Autoshow will be held this weekend October 2013 in conjunction with Asia Klasika Festival at Matrade convention center KL. A lot of new car show and test drive session will be there. Entrance fee is RM5 per person.

    IT has got a new name, an updated look and plenty of new highlights to offer, but it is still the Klang Valley’s most anticipated annual auto show, and it is happening on Oct 4-6 this year.Sporting a new moniker, the New Straits Times Car of the Year 2U (COTY 2U) auto show will now be simply called the New Straits Times Autoshow (NST Autoshow), but it will feature all the highlights and attractions that motor lovers have come to expect over the years… and more.

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    Taking place at the same venue that has been its home over the last three years, the Matrade Exhibition & Convention Centre will once again be abuzz with the latest car and bike models on the market, as well as offer a fiesta of classic vehicle shows, stunt shows, popular merchandise, the latest accessories and, of course, test drives for seeking a brand new ride.

    Organised by Cars, Bikes, Trucks, the show will still deliver its traditional ethos of being the most comprehensive auto event, by featuring the most popular car models, accessories under one roof as well as to provide motorists with the information they need to make intelligent purchasing choices.New highlights for NST Autoshow 2013 include the FMX Extreme Stunt Bike Show, a showcase on energy efficient vehicles, an IASCA car audio competition and a lucky draw competition that will give away a car, a truck and a pair of bikes among its prizes (read future issues of CBT to find out more).

    A booth dedicated to much-vaunted Ferrari merchandise will also be available at the show, so the “Tifosi” should take note.  Returning stars of the auto show include some of Malaysia’s most pristine vintages at the Classic Car Concours, the largest bike show at All Bikes Concours and a display of the nominated models for the NST Car of the Year Awards 2013 – parading the best production models of the year as determined by the COTY panel of judges.As with last year’s event, the public will be given a chance to have their say in picking the best model of the year by voting for the “People’s Choice Award”, which will be announced alongside other categories at the NST-COTY gala awards ceremony night on Nov 28. 

    Over 100 newly launched and currently marketed vehicles from leading carmakers will be participating in this year’s auto show, said the organiser. Also returning to the fray is the Eco Innovation Corridor booth, enlightening the buying public about the future of the automotive industry. Popular fast food franchises will also be setting up shop to cater to needs of the 70,000-over visitors expected over the three-day event. 

    According to CBT editor and NST Autoshow 2013 organising chairman Yamin Vong, there will definitely be a celebratory atmosphere at the auto show, but there is also an important goal. And that is to provide motorists with the information they need to make the right purchase choices, to promote safety among road users, and educate them about the latest technology available.Also not changed this year is the entry charge, which will remain at RM5 per head. All proceeds from the event will once again be donated to charity.

    THE upcoming Asia Klasika Festival in conjunction with the New Straits Times Autoshow at the Matrade Exhibition and Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur on Oct 6 is set to be a cracker with the congregation of a fabulous array of yesteryear and contemporary exotic automobiles with its theme of “Celebrating Supercar Heritage”.The festival’s 4th Malaysia International Vintage & Classic Car Concours will feature two Concours categories and one Show & Shine segment.

    The Automotive Anniversary Concours category will focus on the heritage of sports and supercar makes and models, namely Aston Martin (100 years), Chevrolet Corvette (60 years), Porsche 911 (50 years) and Lamborghini (50 years). Another special segment is the triple Mercedes-Benz anniversaries of the 600, SL Pagoda and Ponton models.All other makes would compete under the Open Class categories of Vintage (pre-1960), Classic (1961-1975) and Modern Classic (1976-1989)    Sultan Ibrahim ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar of Johor will grace the festival again as distinguished royal patron and will present the newly re-named challenge trophy, Sultan Ibrahim Cup, to the vintage or classic car of his highness’ choice. 

    To commemorate and to honour the sultan’s successive patronage of the event, organiser Historic Motoring Ventures has decided to rename the trophy. It will be organising a classic car drive to Istana Pasir Pelangi in Johor from Sept 20-22 to symbolically receive the trophy from the sultan for a public display at Bangsar Shopping Centre in Kuala Lumpur, a week before Asia Klasika 2013.In addition to the Best of Show and Class awards, the anniversary concours will see the presentation of seven tribute trophies for the best cars of each celebratory marque, which is symbolically named after its founders or designers.

    “We hope to see a strong challenge for the tribute trophies, especially by Porsche 911 owners from Malaysia and Singapore for the Ferdinand ‘Butzi’ Porsche trophy,” said Asia Klasika curator Andrew Suresh.Also new this year is a Private Treaty Sale of Collectors’ cars on Oct 4. The wholesome weekend will also feature the All Bikes Concours on Oct 5.The Asia Klasika Festival and All Bikes Concours are among the highlights at the three-day NST Autoshow from Oct 4-6, which will also feature an eco innovation corridor, a showcase of the latest vehicles on the market, stunt shows, big lucky draw prizes and test drives for prospective buyers, among others.

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