Most people don't think of Indonesia as having a dope car scene, let alone high-quality builds. However, in September, I had the opportunity to check out a second-year show called Indonesia Modification Expo (IMX)—and many of the cars I witnessed were truly legit.
IMX isn't your run-of-the-mill car show, and the organizers didn't simply adopt what other show series do. They pride themselves on inviting only the best-of-the-best builds to compete, limiting the show field to 50 cars. They also strive to feature a variety and show the range of the aftermarket to its spectators. The two-day event also has its fair share of vendor booths and panel speakers, and they even give away a car at the conclusion of the show.
After traveling halfway around the world, I was most interested in seeing how the project cars stacked up against ones we'd see at our local Wekfest and SpoCom events. I'll admit, the quality of some of the body and paintwork was top notch. Many builders also know their stuff when it comes to legit parts and have a concept that flows. There were some minor details that are overlooked in a lot of the builds, but overall, they seemed to be getting their groove going by emulating the best style and tuning philosophies from Japan and America. The future of Indonesia's car culture looks bright, and we're looking forward to seeing more.