Let me tell you, how insulted I am after attending Honda Hot Import Nights 2011. I swear it was the most disappointing car show/event for the year 2011. Ask ALL of the people who attended this event, they'll agree to this statement.
I spent RM 20, and traveled 32 kilometers and braved the Sunday morning jam. I had trouble finding parking spaces because just opposite the event venue, there was a carnival.
Paid for the tickets, received free magazine and poster. Well, they could have at least removed the price sticker for the Hot Import Nights magazine. RM 2.90, what the heck yo?!
The minute I stepped into the venue, I was greeted by booths selling cheap, China quality accessories for cars. 2 DIN players, steering wheels, you name it. It definitely gave you a preview of what to expect for the next 10 minutes into the event.
The venue was small, there was limited booths to showcase, it wasn't pack, it sounded boring and dull, wasn't lively. And by standing at the seating zones in the stadium, you'll have a full view of the WHOLE event.
Leona Chin's ride was also on display.
Didn't know Kancils were considered 'Imports'. Malaysia boleh
I was surprised with the presence of local cars. I guess local cars that are converted to their Japanese counterparts are considered Imports after all. Kudos =/
I felt cheated, seriously. From the HIN website, the pictures telling you how awesome the event is gonna be, is just a huge lie. Honestly, this event wasn't even worth the RM 20 that I paid. Took me 10 minutes or so to finish visiting all of the booths. Dyno wars didn't start when I was there in the afternoon. Honda should have changed the time to start in the evening instead in the afternoon.
There's just so much wrong about this event. The wrong choice of venue, the false advertising, the typical Malaysian mods that were too much. I didn't see the Veyron or the AMG Widebodykit Benz as promised in the event. Greeted by booths selling average quality accessories for cars just states the standard to expect from this event. The presence of local converted cars just shows the organizer's negligence of the word 'IMPORT'. Somehow with more car audio booths, I felt this was more of a car audio event than an Import event. Add on RM 15, I should have went for the Formula Drift at Merdeka Square. At least you get to see drift cars burning rubbers. I actually expected it to be like those Import events you see happening in the States or in any Western countries. Guess this is the Malaysian version.
Again, I felt cheated. 2 of my close friends got cheated. And to those who traveled from out of KL all the way for this event, I feel you. I do hope whoever plans to organize next year's one, do look back at 2011's most disappointing auto event.
Went back home, went through the free magazine. Oh well, thank goodness its free, and for RM 2.90, there must be a reason its cheap on newsstands.
(pictures taken from Zerotohundred.com's FB Album for Honda Import Nights. Credit goes to them. Do like them on Facebook =D).