By Rajinder Kaur | MALAYSIA
More than 200 vehicles – classical cars, modified cars, fast cars, racing cars, big bikes, scooters and trucks – converged at the Malaysia & Singapore Punjabi Automotive Enthusiasts (MSPAE) on 18 Aug 2018.
From Ferrari, Porches and Maseratis right up to Myvis and mini coopers. Volkswagens to Volvos 122 and MG. Golden super bikes to scooters, you name it, there were all there. This was basically good for people like me to enhance our motorism knowledge. Have you ever seen a Proton Exora with suicide doors (simply put, doors that open upwards) and sound system that works better than the ones in wedding halls? Well, I have and its proudly owned by Punjabi lad!
MSPAE is a group bringing together big bikers and motor enthusiasts from Malaysia and Singapore. Co-founded by a group of volunteers and run entirely by volunteers, this group has managed to successfully hold the mega gathering.
As a parent to young kids and owner to a classic VW combi 1973 which we lovingly call Cadbury for obvious reasons (see photo above), I was rather impressed with this community gathering bringing together hosts of families sharing the same passion.
We personally had a chance to meet and mingle with our own Minister of Communications & Multimedia YB Gobind Singh Deo who graced the event. What an honour it was especially after the nation got together to create history on 9 May 2018. We also had Malaysian rally driver Karamjit Singh and racer Mohanjit Singh coming in and making the event memorable with their rally cars. Just amazing!
I’ve heard and seen Karamjit Singh in action but this time I met Mohanjit with his monster-mini #338 racing car. Mohanjit won many track races in Asia and was such a humble person. Was great to see his whole family being there in support. Karamjit impressed the crowd with his rally stunts and being a true sportsman, went out of the way to give some of us a taste of his professional drifting experience in his personal car. Can’t describe how exhilarating it was and I now totally understand the look that YB gave before being strapped in the rally car for his ride with Karamjit. Wow!
What made the event more amazing was the arrival of Capt Bhagwan’s helicopter. To come close with a helicopter made the kids and not forgetting adults excited. Karamjit’s car drifting and doing the ‘doughnut’ next to the Helistar chopper was fantastic. It was thoughtful, even though Captain Bhagwan couldn’t be there personally due to work commitments, his chopper still took the skies of Khalsa Land.
Mister Tyre came in support providing their excellent tyre services at a discounted price. The younger kids had their own fun with the bouncing castle and mega Jenga game which was also a hit among the adults. Besides Guru-ka-langgar that was served, there was also food truck adding to the variety. Lucky draw prizes was also given away to some lucky vehicles which registered for the event. Goodie bags were given to kids that were around.
Overall, the event went well and what makes its great was this was organised by volunteers from all over the nation coming together as one. Kudos to the committee members and the volunteers that made this happen. Keep up the good work! I am definitely looking forward for the next gathering. And so is my Cadbury.
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