Jul 17, 2014

Corners Of Concrete | Breaking Necks In The Streets Of Kuala Lumpur | Part 1

The city of Kuala Lumpur is a very vibrant city. It is not only the capital city of Malaysia, yet is also the hub of commerce and tourism. The name Kuala Lumpur is derived from the words 'kuala' which is defined as 'river delta' and 'lumpur' that means mud. Therefore, it roughly means 'muddy river delta'. The city was named Kuala Lumpur because the area is where the Gombak and Klang river meet. In fact, these two rivers that run through the city is brown in colour due to the mud that flows with the river.

Kuala Lumpur has come a long way ever since the days Chinese Kapitan, Yap Ah Loy governed the city. From a chaotic tin mining site to the metropolis where two million people call home. What would be a better way to explore the city center than to cruise on its streets in two beautifully built S-Chassis built by MadRush.

 Our friends from Garage Life recently finished building and restoring their rides at MadRush. Both built with two very different intentions. One functional daily driven 180SX and one slammed and show-stopping S15 Spec S. Both very beautiful rides that we will show you later on in coming posts.

Starting off at the corner of Jalan Ampang and Jalan P. Ramlee, we first see the ever iconic Petronas Twin Towers. Currently the tallest twin towers in the world standing at the height of 452 m. Even though it has lost the tallest building title years ago to Taipei 101, it is still a feat of engineering since the structure is largely built with concrete.

If that is not mind blowing enough, the building location itself is actually one of the worst places to build a skyscraper since the land that Kuala Lumpur sits on is not totally solid ground. This is due to the numerous underground caves that are present under the city due to years of tin mining.

Proceeding to the back streets of the area, it is clear to see that Kuala Lumpur has totally transformed from an old and laid back Asian city. Especially when one ventures in the area known as the Golden Triangle which refers to the KL city center. The streets are lined with glass and steel and dotted with high end night spots like Beach Club Cafe and Zouk.

As we continued, we passed by Healy Mac's Irish Pub. As we checked our surroundings, we noticed the customers drinking in front of the pub broke their necks looking at our rides pass by despite the fact there was a Porsche parked outside, they still took the time to see these late model Japanese sport cars by even though it is totally out of curiosity. 

As the sun was about to set, we settled down in a side street in the area for dinner. While we settled down, we decided to shoot in the middle of the side street since the area had a nice charm of its own. A quiet pocket in a bustling city. After that, we settled for an economic dinner at the nearby hawker stall. Where do we head of next, stay tuned for part 2.

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