Our 6 Picks from Retro Havoc 2018

If you’re new to the car scene in Malaysia, I bet you’re looking for car events to attend. Whether or not you have a sweet project car, you can always feel free to attend car events to get to know the community and perhaps make some new friends. For some of us, this is the chance to get to see that car you’ve only ever seen on Instagram before. For young aspiring automotive photographers, this is a great occasion to showcase your talent and get some exposure.

Retro Havoc draws in a good variety of cars. I was under the impression that the show would be dominated by rusted VW beetles and cars from the ‘Kyusha’ scene. I was proven wrong as soon as I stepped foot into the event area. It was more than what I expected.

Of course, there were many cars that took part and I enjoyed having a close look at almost all of them. I didn’t take so many pictures since there is already an abundance of event coverage from the likes of “No Equal”, “Near Miss”, “Speed God”, “Zetto Works”, “Galeri Kereta”, and so many more. You can always find these guys on Facebook or Instagram to view the full event coverage of Retro Havoc 2018. Their pictures are amazing. You could even look up #retrohavoc2018 to find even more interesting images from the event.

To keep this web page ‘light’ and to not make your thumb sore from scrolling, I have shortlisted a few cars that caught my eye during the event. Let’s begin…

1. A White Toyota Celica ST205 GT-Four with O.Z. Wheels

Towards the end of the Celica’s life, it became a Front-Wheel-Drive sports coupe that went up against Honda’s Integra. Both sports coupes from Toyota and Honda are no longer in production. But at a point in the Celica’s life, it was a rally car donning the red & green Castrol livery. It also had Four-Wheel-Drive.

I was told by a friend on Instagram that if this was an original ST205 Gt Four, it is one of the only four units that are in Malaysia. Sounds a little too coincidental to me (Four units of the Gt Four) but if that’s the case, this is a rare gem in Malaysia. The white O.Z. Wheels and the white paint job does make it look like some sort of prototype rally car.

2. A Nissan Sylvia S14 with a ‘Boss’ bodykit


You’ve probably seen the Boss S14 on Instagram but it isn’t a familiar sight in Malaysia. Some of you may already know that this is a Sylvia S14 but to the uninitiated this car can be a little confusing. The “Boss” kit is a Rocket Bunny product which makes the 90s S14 look like a more dated Datsun from the 80s. Take a look from the rear and you will see the S14 taillights.


3. A Marlboro Toyota MR2

This was my second encounter with this car. The first being during Art of Speed 2017 in MAEPS, Serdang. It looks like something straight out of a videogame or something Khyzl Saleem would create in his renders. This was Speedhunter’s pick from the event so I expect to see a feature story soon on speedhunters.com. To those of you who are new to cars, the MR2 is a compact mid-engine sports coupe from Toyota. Toyota no longer makes mid-engine sports coupes.

4. Two Saab 900s

This deserves a spot on our list just because it’s not easy taking good care of a Saab. There are no longer anymore OEM Saab parts being manufactured so custom fabrication work can cost a lot of money. What’s interesting about the Saab 900? The bonet opens forward and the 4-cylinder engine is positioned at 45 degrees, making it look like half of a V8.

There is one Saab specialist in Ara Damansara and one more in USJ 1. These are the ones that I know of. One of the shops has even been featured in a Speedhunters article previously.

(Click here to read the story on Speedhunters)

5 A GTR R34 with a Carbon Fibre Front End

The GTR R34 is a rare sight on the road but it has become something you would expect to see at car shows/events. The same goes for Stageas with GTR R34 front ends. What made me turn my head then? The full carbon fibre front end complete with the ultra-light carbon fibre side mirrors. I was at Retro Havoc during the prep night so I managed to talk with the owner of this GTR. He was patient enough to show me around the R34 and answer all of my questions. It turns out extensive work has been done, including a complete engine swap. A JUN tuned RB26DETT has replaced the original powerplant, capable of delivering up to 1000HP.

The JUN engine was installed by the Japanese JUN staff members themselves (they flew in from Japan and installed the engine at a local workshop). The owner was kind enough to agree for a feature on our website and you’ll have the pleasure of reading a full interview/story on this R34 GTR pretty soon.

6 “The Joker” S15

I had the pleasure of talking to Mr. Zamil Syaheer himself to ask him about this purple drift machine of his. We had such a long conversation that I ended up forgetting to take enough pictures of the car. Do not worry, Zamil was kind enough to also agree for a feature of “The Joker” on Cars of Malaysia sometime soon insyaallah. So, we’ll make do with this propped hood shot for the time being. This is a street legal drift car. If you’re wondering why this purple Sylvia is on our list, let’s just say there’s a video of Zamil drifting in this car that went viral and was even shared by “Car Throttle” twice. This S15 is decorated with a few sponsor decals including Borg Warner (Turbo), Pakelo (Lubricants), and F Tuned (Suspension). Wait for the full story for this one.


Were there many more interesting rides?

Of course.But we can’t afford to put all of them in one page here. (The page will load very slowly)

There are already tons of event coverage media pages out there that have provided really beautiful pictures from the event. You just have to find them on Facebook or Instagram.


Did I have good time?

Yes, I did. Kudos to the organisers and participants of Retro Havoc 2018. It’s an annual car event we can all look forward to again and again. It’s a good place to meet fellow petrolheads. And thank you to those who have been patient with my endless questions about their car.


See you at Retro Havoc 2019 Insyaallah.


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