This Artist Sketches Awesome Cars That We Know And Love (And With A Twist)

All of us have drawn cars at one point during our youths, from the typical three box, massive wheels, exhaust spewing out puffs of smoke ‘car’ to cars with machine guns on top (I still draw cars with guns because I have a mental imagination of a 12-year old). Though, there are people here in Malaysia who take drawing cars to the next level, something that’s unique and just too cool to not post about, it’s Mr Syaiful’s work.

Nissan Skyline 2000GT KenMeri
Photo courtesy of Mr. Syaiful

Mr. Syaiful hails from the city of Ipoh, Perak, age 43. He operates a wedding photography business called jangguttouch, which you can check out on Instagram. However, in his pastime, he does car sketches like the photo above, a KenMeri era Skyline drawn in a specific style (Mr. Syaiful’s style) and includes some fantastic details such as the prominent rear quarter panel lines and components under the car. I had to contact him to know more about his gallery of cars, he was an extremely friendly and open individual about his work. I asked a few questions about Mr. Syaiful’s talent with first, how he began it all.

“Saya bermula dalam tahun 2000 dan berhenti pada tahun 2006 kerana sibuk dalam karier fotografi. Pada 2014 saya mula kembali melukis sehingga sekarang.”

We can see that this isn’t something new that Mr. Syaiful has started, it was his passion for quite some time. Initially, before transitioning to cars, Mr. Syaiful was an urban sketcher, focusing on old buildings. He was inspired to draw classic cars due to his love of old vintage things and things of the past.

Honda City Turbo with Honda Motocompo Moped
Photo Courtesy of Mr. Syaiful

“Melukis kereta ni seronok bermain dengan lekuk-lekuk dan perincian desainnya.”

Indeed, older cars tend to have more exciting lines and cool details that would look amazing when sketched. Mr. Syaiful said it takes him about 1-2 hours to fully complete a sketch and he doesn’t use a normal pencil and paper, all of these sketches are made using a Sambung Tab with apps called Autodesk Sketchbook and Clip Paint Studio. I asked Mr. Syaiful on which of his sketches he loved the most, the one where he was truly proud of.

“Lukisan kereta yang berkarat, lusuh dan rustic.”

A fantastic style of car, I’m a fan of these rusty patina cars too (I also sketch them), translating this style into a sketche means one can meticulous details such as rust, scratches, dents and many more. Take a look at this Old Mazda Wagon, one of his personal favourites.

Mazda Familia Wagon
Photo Courtesy of Mr. Syaiful

The detail, shading and look of the sketch is just eye catching even though its an old rusty wagon. Now you might think that sketching a car with this much detail is hard, yes it is very much so, plus, using a tablet makes it even harder.

“Jika diikutkan, lukisan potret lebih sukar kerana ianya harus tepat dan sama dengan wajah yang dilukis. Bagi kereta pula sudah tentunya pada bahagian yang perinciannya lebih rumit seperti bahagian depan atau belakang kereta.”

Looking at the photos above, you can see where Mr. Syaiful is going when he explained that sketching front and rear ends of a car is complicated, the Skyline for example, while may only have four circles for taillights, getting them to be the right size and alignment can be very tricky.

Now, we reach to the best part of Mr. Syaiful’s work, his awesome crossover car sketches! Many people can familiarize themselves with older famous movies that feature certain vehicles as the star car, or even being prominently visible in some scenes. What Mr. Syaiful did was give it a little Malaysian flare twist to these famous Hollywood icons.

These are probably the coolest Malaysian-ized crossovers I have ever seen, Mr Syaiful’s idea of blending our Malaysian cars and icons (the PDRM Volvo is an icon), and merging them with these famous Hollywood figures, the DeLorean from Back to the Future, the Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters and RoboCop, which is supposed to stand next to a Ford Taurus is just cool and unique! Seeing this for the first time made me scroll back up to fully see what was actually drawn, and you can never not get too excited when you see a Proton Saga turn into something, especially Ecto-1! In case you guys don’t know about the original movie cars, here are the original cars that Mr. Syaiful based the design on.

There’s more! Mr. Syaiful has also sketched cars that have been historically significant to Malaysia and our culture, with these two emphasizing on our famous (but none seem to exist anymore) fleet of Holden Police cars used by the PDRM in the sixties and the mythical yet very eerie and scary Yellow Volkswagen Beetle roaming the Karak Motorway

“Memang menjadi impian saya untuk mengembangkan lagi profil dan stail lukisan saya supaya dapat dinikmati oleh lebih ramai orang. Kalau tidak di pameran atau autoshow, di dalam sosmed pun boleh dikembangkan.”

It would be very unfortunate if Mr. Syaiful’s work is not be presented in any art show, I believe any car or non car people would absolutely enjoy seeing these beautiful and stylistic sketches. What makes it better, you’re in luck if you want one. Mr. Syaiful is opening up commissions for you to have your car or maybe another car of your liking to be sketched, prices range from RM 50-200.

Singam and Mahindra Bolero
Photo courtesy of Mr. Syaiful

You can follow Mr. Syaiful’s art account on Instagram and check out the rest of his sketches, my other favourite is the original DeLorean filling up at Petronas. Follow and like the amazing art he does and support his business, have your car commissioned to be digitally artwork-i-fied by Mr. Syaiful, you won’t regret it!

lufiasyirhab: Mr. Syaful’s car art account
More of his sketches

Check Out This Toyota Dyna Commercial Featuring Muhammad Ali

The old Toyota Dyna was really nothing special, it was a lorry and it did its job well, serving as a reliable workhorse to many businesses and people. The Dyna was also rebadged by Daihatsu in certain markets, the most prominent version being the 1980’s Daihatsu Delta, the red or white coloured cab lorries we see on the roads, I don’t think anyone has never seen them before.

I’m not sure if Toyota ever sold the older Dynas here, maybe I haven’t notice any or maybe they all rusted away, though I am quite a novice in the lorry world. However, the Dyna was rather popular in Indonesia, even being built there at Purwakarta, there’s even a channel that explained in quite detail, the history of how the Dyna was a part of the Indonesian motoring history and culture, though the audio is quite bad.

What’s more, there was a commercial made back then for the lorry to promote its ruggedness, finding a commercial vehicle advertisement is kind of rare because honestly not many people would actually remember or keep them. But by some stroke of luck and nostalgia, some managed to, this particular commercial was very interesting. First, it has a huge explosion for no reason, but it was very 1980’s, secondly, it featured Muhammad Ali saying something, “Ouum!” I think, twice! These two features alone make this one of the coolest commercials ever, nothing can beat a professional boxer and explosions with a Green Toyota speeding around a mining area, and this Muhammad Ali marketing even made it on paper ads, it was a legit endorsement by him, check out the photo below, and the video!

Source: Pinterest, Mas Benjo

Pairing Muhammad Ali with a Toyota lorry was a great idea, the two are synonymous with brute strength and ruggedness, I’m surprised he agreed to even be a part of this, props to Toyota/Toyota Indonesia!

The Toyota Dyna was certainly something big in Indonesia, and I’m glad that advertisements like these are still being preserved for people to find and see. The Dyna still continues to be in production, though nothing major has changed since its creation, the lorry still proves to be a simple, reliable and dependable workhorse for the honest blue-collared worker.

There Is A Cool Following of Kancil Drivers On Instagram

Everyone knows the Kancil right? not just the animal but the car made by our second national car maker, Perodua (Perusahaan Otomobil Kedua Sendirian Berhad). This little box on wheels was essentially a rebadged Daihatsu Mira (as with all Peroduas as a part of the joint venture) and was the first Perodua ever to be made back in 1994. The Kancil was undoubtedly popular among Malaysians because of its incredible fuel consumption and small size, to this day, the car still angers many Malaysians as we search for parking only to find a smug Kancil parked way too inwards in the parking bay.

Sticking to its Japanese origin, the Kancil was sold with a 660cc inline-3 engine (660cc being the max capacity for a car to be classed as a Kei car in Japan, thus avoiding high tax) or a more powerful 850cc engine, along with either an automatic or five-speed manual. Any Malaysian born in the mid to late nineties must have driven one at least once in their lifetime, because it is the official driver’s-ed car. Almost all driving schools used specially built Kancils with passenger controls to teach the eager/nervous 17 year old how to shift gears, perform a hill start and parallel park, I remembered mine not having second gear and rattled every. single. second.

Between 1994 to 2009, Perodua sold over 700,000 Kancils and even exported them to the UK, where it was called the Nippa and to Indonesia, called the Ceria. It was the love of many Malaysians because of its simplicity, good fuel economy, cheap maintenance and small size. However, as it was designed to be a cheap economy car, you don’t see many of them around anymore, in good condition at least, almost all of them were driven to the ground, abused and thrown away. It’s perfectly normal consumer behaviour, I mean you too would dispose a cheap economy car after years of driving, newer economy cars or even normal sized vehicles could almost achieve the Kancil’s fuel consumption with an added benefit of being safer, because lets face it, you are the crumple zone in this little econobox.

But some individuals kept them, and kept them extremely clean.

This may not be a new thing, but after going through Instagram, I’ve founded several accounts dedicated on people documenting, keeping and preserving their Kancils in pristine condition. Now there are plenty of accounts with this car life documentation style post, but seeing an old pre-facelift Kancil being taken care of is something unique and really cool. This interests me so much that I contacted one of these accounts and asked some questions. This little dark green Kancil belongs to a cool young man, Jay.

Photos courtesy of thatblue660 @ Instagram
Photos courtesy of thatblue660 @ Instagram

Jay goes by the name thatblue660 on Instagram and his econobox is one of the early models, before Perodua gave it a major facelift with the round front lights. Now looking at the photos above, you can see that Jay’s Kancil is in impeccable condition, I mean when was the last time you saw a Kancil this clean and kept in stock condition? I provided a few questions to Jay about his Kancil and what he thinks of his car and the community around it. Here’s the story.

Photos courtesy of thatblue660 @ Instagram

This is Jay’s first and current car, it was originally bought at an auction in 2001 for RM 15,000 because the previous owner couldn’t afford to pay the monthly instalments, in 2018, it was finally handed down to him to be driven.

“It’s an absolute shitbox and I love it.”

Jay spent his whole childhood with this car, reminiscing stories such as being locked in the backseat when he was a baby resulting in a window that had to be smashed or when he ruined the central locking system because he kept playing with it to hear the satisfying sound it made.

“A lot of good memories when I was a child, so I’ve got a lot of sentimental value and a special bond with this nugget.”

“In terms of what other people think of it, there are some people who appreciate and get intrigued when they see it, and there are some who look low upon it since it’s a bone stock Kancil with nothing special about it. I’ve had some senior people who have told me my car looks like it came straight out of the factory back in the 90’s/2000’s and it always warms my heart”

Out of the factory indeed, looking at Jay’s photos, you can see that his Kancil really does look like it just left the factory yesterday, the only thing missing are the plastic covers on the seats. Jay originally planned to swap the engine out of the car due to the stock one not having that much power. he stated that a motorcycle engine was an option because of the similar size and displacement. However, his lack of budget for such mods and being a student, Jay has opted to wait a little longer until he has the funds to make that happen. He also mentioned that he’s currently focusing on turbocharged Mira engines to swap, which would be ideal since its basically the same car.

“Most of my expenses on this car comes from my savings. My dad does help pay for some of the large repair expenses. So far I think I’ve spent around RM400~500 on mods such as the Ultra Racing strut bar and rear frame brace, Sparco aluminium pedals, LED headlights (4300k only, still JPJ legal) and a couple more.”

This Kancil does have some but tasteful upgrades as mentioned above, in addition to that, the speakers were swapped in from a later model Myvi which according to Jay might sound mediocre in a Myvi but sounds a lot better than the stock unit in this Kancil. Jay also focuses on mods (if there is a need and budget) that improves the cars performance or simply make it drive better.

In terms of fixing/restoring it, all of the work is done by him. Jay has repaired issues such as rust spots where he would sand the area down and spray paint it to prevent the rust from spreading. He also resprayed and clear coated the wheel covers to prevent any dirt getting stuck to them. Perhaps the best part of the car are the factory wheels, just take a look at them, it screams nineties econocar! and they are properly taken care of, you don’t see these wheels on any other Kancil looking this fresh.

Photos courtesy of thatblue660 @ Instagram

I admire the work he has done to the Kancil, but how does he think of his car?

“It ain’t a pretty car, but it’s kinda cute. Sometimes I do be a little sad because it’s really really slow compared to the other cars on the road, but then it compensates with the fun of driving it.”

With the manual transmission, Jay has noted that it is much more interesting to drive the car around and with the additional strut bars and the Kancil’s lightweight construction (just under 700 kg), it fairs rather well against windy roads.

Like I’ve said in the beginning, there are a number of other pages where people enjoy documenting their Kancils (I’ll provide a short list later), Jay is aware of these people such as keikancil and kancilsyndicate, all of which are devoted in anything Kancil and Daihatsu Mira based. The bigger accounts are also known to host meet ups and events where people like Jay can hang out with other Kancil enthusiasts. This awareness also translate to a growing community and friendship among others.

“Yep I have made friends with a couple of Kancil owners and other car enthusiasts and we message each other if we have any doubts on our cars.”

Jay also shares the same opinions as me, that clean bone stock Kancils are getting harder to come by as he mainly has encountered ones that have been converted to Miras, though often terribly done, completely butchered out modified Kancils or ones that have been driven hard and worn out.

Photos courtesy of thatblue660 @ Instagram

Jay has no plans on selling it anytime soon, if so, he will only sell it to a family member or a close person (maybe me?). His plans are to take a step by step process in tastefully modifying it with a turbo swap or a larger engine but still preserving the car’s looks, essentially making it a sleeper of some sort. Jay is also contemplating on purchasing another Kancil and restoring it, though no clear plans have surfaced yet.

Having the online interview with Jay was an opening experience, because cars like this are neglected, Jay himself agrees that the Kancil isn’t really appreciated because of what it is, a simple econobox despite it being the perfect example of “slow car fast”. Average people would see it as another old car, but to us enthusiast who know what the car actually is, it’s a big favour for normal cars like the Kancil to be something that people can work on, restore or modify without spending an insane amount of money. Furthermore, the idea of documenting the car’s “life” shows that machines too, can have a soul and a bond with someone.

Photos courtesy of thatblue660 @ Instagram

I’d like to thank Jay/thatblue660 for providing me with the clear feedbacks and the photos of his fabulous car, we at Maximum Torque Malaysia wish you all the best in your future car endeavours! Please do follow thatblue660 for more updates on his Kancil on Instagram and checkout these other awesome guys too.

sinaran850 (very detailed documentation

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jessikancil (coolest wheels)