The Jakarta Post
Custom motorcycles on display at Kustomfest 2018 at the Jogja Expo Center, Yogyakarta, on Oct. 6, 2018. (Tribun Jogja/Wahyu Setiawan Nugroho)
Annual custom car and motorcycle festival Kustomfest is set to be held from Oct. 5 to 6 at the Jogja Expo Center (JEC) in Yogyakarta.
Kustomfest director Lulut Wahyuni said that 230 vehicles were registered to be displayed, but only 100 were selected.
“We only selected the ones that have not been displayed at Kustomfest before,” said Lulut during a press briefing on Saturday.
With the theme of “Back to the Roots”, the event aims to invite people to go back to the roots of their cultures and embrace differences.
“Through Kustomfest’s small stage, we’d like to urge people to put our differences aside,” Lulut said. He added that the theme was chosen as a response to the divisions apparent in contemporary Indonesian society.
“Our message is that we are a nation united by differences. Let’s return to what has united us,” said Lulut, expressing hope the message would also reach a wider audience.
He said that this year’s event was special as it would feature an international standard oval track for custom bike races. “The response has been extraordinary although the program was only announced three weeks ago,” said Lulut, adding that the new program challenged custom bike builders to build bikes for racing purposes.
To make the race more interesting, the organizer will present Toshiyuki Osawa, also known as Cheetah, from Cheetah Custom Cycles Japan as a guest star. Another guest star will be renowned international builder Shinya Kimura of Chabott Engineering from the United States.
Kustomfest 2019 will also feature its routine programs, such as custom bike shows, hot rod and custom car shows, pinstripe carnival, body art shows, custom bicycles, art island, BMX area and a photo contest. (wng)
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