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Elite Showcase 2019

Indonesia's highest caliber builds are the featured attraction at the annual curated car show

Jofel Tolosa
Dec 12, 2019

It seems in any corner of the globe, chances are you'll find a deep appreciation for what in America is coined as the "tuner scene." Indonesia is no exception, and instead of doing yoga in Bali, a dive into Indonesian car culture was more up our alley. We decided to get a crash course at Indonesia's premiere car show, Elite Showcase.

The first Elite Showcase dates back to 2015, and the show happens once a year at the Indonesian Convention Exhibition, better known as ICE. Similar to the popular car show series Wekfest, Elite Showcase is curated, which means if you're one of the just 200-plus builders to get a confirmation email, you were able to display. The end result yields an impressive array of Indonesia's highest caliber of car builds.

Elite Showcase 2019 LS Photo 57/57   |   Elite Showcase 2019

Elite co-founder, Gatot Mulyartho, says, "Elite Showcase is meant to educate people on how to modify properly and make your car look good at the same time." The Elite staff has given extra attention to the way cars are displayed and made sure there was sufficient space for visitors to take banger photos. One thing you'll notice about the cars at Elite Showcase is that their wheel game is strong. No replica wheels in sight—instead, authentic JDM wheel porn.

Elite Showcase 2019 Work Emotion Wheel Photo 57/57   |   Elite Showcase 2019

Indonesia's car builders take car culture very seriously. Builders all over Indonesia came through, such as Surabaya, Bandung and Bogor. One group of car guys from Jogja prepared 16 cars and drove 365 miles to make it ICE. Even more surprising, some came as far as Bali—a lengthy 760-mile road trip.

Elite Showcase 2019 AWD Converted EG6 Photo 57/57   |   Elite Showcase 2019

While there were plenty of solid builds, a handful really deserved the spotlight, such as Reindy Riupassa's AWD converted EG6 Honda Civic,... or maybe Randy Sukmawan's dope 2JZ swapped BMW E90. It was Hakim Putratama's AE86 that won the heart of all the judges and took home Best of Show; Hakim's 86 rocks custom aero, Work Equip wheels, TRD seats, and has a nice 480hp courtesy of a 3S-GTE engine.

Elite Showcase 2019 AE86 Photo 57/57   |   Elite Showcase 2019

While California's car scene is known worldwide, it's safe to say that Indonesia's tuning scene is a force to be reckoned with. Turns out, you don't need to do an Eat, Pray, Love tourist trip (trap?) to enjoy Indonesia. Instead, book a flight in November, grab a hotel in Jakarta, and head to ICE for the Elite Showcase.

Elite Showcase 2019 S15 Photo 57/57   |   Elite Showcase 2019
By Jofel Tolosa
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