We’re big fans of global car culture here at RollHard. Keeping an eye on what is going on elsewhere in the car world is always very satisfying. Shining a light on different countries/scenes is something we always try and do, after all, we all share a love of cars and that brings us all together as a community.
This time, we’re in Indonesia for the East Crew 2018 event, a large indoor event held at the Eldorace Exhibition Center in Bandung, which is about 2.5 hours from the capital city, Jakarta. Very near to the famous Mount Tangkuban Parahu, this large venue makes for the perfect car show setting. East Crew is one of the most anticipated car shows in Indonesia, so let’s take a look around the 2018 event…
The Indonesian Car Scene.
Indonesians have a passion for modified cars. Their appreciation for low cars and “stance culture” extends to genuine wheels, tight fitment and clean bodywork, there are no half measures here. We have seen this with the level of cars at Indonesian events, setting the bar higher and higher. We are suckers for well executed cars and the Indonesians do them very very well.
Indonesian events bring lots of different makes and models together, but naturally, there is a strong Japanese influence. Given Indonesian geography this is no surprise, but what’s impressive is how the Indonesian modifying scene has its own unique style, taking influence from other countries, but always retaining its own identity. 2018 has seen the wide-body and Rotiform trend continue, both of which have also been embraced in Indonesia.
This Rocket Bunny GT86 was a pure and unadulterated show car. We’ve seen plenty of motorsport inspired GT86s (with good reason), but this is a classy application of what is a pretty wild bodykit. Rotiforms in satin gold perfectly follow the understated but aggressive look, which is a refreshing sight. We like.
Another wide-arched car taking centre-stage was this Pandem-kitted Porsche Cayman, let's take a look at the details. The kit definitely accentuates those Porsche hips, leaving plenty of room for wheel width. Talking of which, such is the worldwide dominance of Rotiform, it should be no shock to see a very much a tried and tested three-piece set on this Cayman.
BMW E46 M3.
Depending on your feelings towards BMW M cars, you’ll either love or hate this BMW E46 in Laguna Seca blue, personally, I love the way this look has been executed, with classic BBS LMs and nice fitment, this will never go out of style in my eyes.
The Classic BBS RS Combo.
This white BMW Z4 was another welcome “Euro” car on show, bringing together a set of classic BBS RS’ stepped up, nestled perfectly under the arches thanks to air-ride.
Something a Little Different Part 1.
An uncommon sight at shows these days is the Honda/Acura Accord, this one needs no assistance standing out from the crowd thanks to its bright orange bodywork. The fitment is exactly how it should be, its wheels dialled in with a combination of stretched tyres and camber.
Something a Little Different Part 2.
Another rare sight at shows is the Mk3 Mazda MX5. The owner of this red beast has certainly gone to town on the camber adjustment, the question is, are you in or out on the way it looks?
On the subject of fitment, the Indonesian car scene has more than embraced negative camber. East Crew served up some of the wildest fitment we’ve in a while, with radius’d arches to fully accommodate wheel width. The Indonesian’s do not mess about when it comes to making wheels fit.
Motorsport influences also run pretty deep over here. There were more a few performance-oriented builds on show at the Eldorace Exhibition Center. We at RollHard love a mix of everything and the East Crew event definitely provided some fresh car thinking.
Thank you to Rafiandi for attending and the East Crew event organisers for putting on a brilliant event, in doing so, they are moving the Indonesian modified car scene forwards. Roll on 2019…!!