Chances are you don't get out to the Middle East very often, and as for us, well, we're lucky to get out of our cubicles every now and then. What you and I both missed out on is the largest custom car and bike show in the Middle East, known simply as Custom Show Emirates.
Based in Abu Dhabi and strategically partnered with the official SEMA show of the U.S., Custom Show kicked off its fourth annual event on April 5th which spanned over three days and was much more than just a massive car show.
In an effort to help encourage both business-to-business and business-to-consumer opportunities, over 30 exhibitors were on hand to display their latest products and network with show goers. For attendees looking beyond the packed showcase area, the event also included drift and stunt demos, vehicle parade, engine battle build-off and more. With four successful years now under its belt, Custom Show Emirates is poised growth as the Middle East continues to demand attention for its ever-growing aftermarket.
On the show floor, a mix of Japanese, American, and European vehicles filled the ADNEC (Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center) hall. The Supras, Skylines, and Z cars that you might expect made an appearance and certainly didn't disappoint, and there was no shortage of high-horsepower offerings as well as an extensive use of custom fabrication.
Don't adjust your monitor — what you're looking at is Hakosuka bodywork based on a Mini platform. The exaggerated lines and details are incredible.
High-powered 2JZs are always a crowd pleaser.
Old-school resto-mods like this Kenmeri and S30 Z-car are becoming increasingly popular and the automotive world is a better place because of it.
There was no shortage of Skylines at the event, with a strong emphasis on the R32 and -34 chassis.
Absolute madness. This late model Corvette is just an example of how wild the builds can get in the Middle East.