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As part of the Goodyear Malaysia Battle of The Clubs (BOTC) campaign, the Grand Finale was recently held at Putrajaya Recreational Airport to wrap up the exclusive six-month programme in which VW Club Malaysia emerged as the overall champion. Having battled it out through back-to-back team challenges up against seven other renowned local car clubs since June 2017, the efforts paid off as VW Club Malaysia won RM5,000 worth of club activities funding, a grand trophy and exclusive Goodyear merchandises as the first prize winner.
MyVi Movement was announced 1st Runner-up being only five points behind and walked away with RM3,000, a trophy and exclusive Goodyear merchandises while Peugeot Club Malaysia, which grabbed the 2nd Runner-up position, received RM2,000, a trophy and exclusive Goodyear merchandises. Peugeot Club Malaysia was also announced the winner of Car Clubs Show Down Display competition as it scored the highest points in the auto show presentation and active participation during the finale. Judged by a scoreboard and voting system, the other participating car clubs of BOTC who were close in line were Civic X Community which was in 4th place; followed by Club Audi Malaysia, Benzer Motorsports Malaysia, The Rusted Jackets and Satria Society.
Opened to the public for the first time from 8.30am until 5.30pm, the one-day event-cum-closing ceremony saw more than 1,200 attendees in above 600 cars coming to support their favourite car club as well as those who were avid car junkies. With the Car Clubs Show Down Display being the day’s highlight, the individual car club display corner also extended its session in conjunction with the exhilarating Speed Junkies Car & Drag Show organised by McClubz where participants who had pre-registered as individuals or in groups were challenged to drag their hearts out by setting time records. Family members and supporters were seen cheering them.
All the eight car clubs undertook six different team challenges over the course of six months. The competition featured relevant contests to enable the members to showcase their knowledge, skills, creativity, teamwork and passion for their cars. Among the activities planned were the Endurance Karting Challenge, Paintball Challenge, Livery Design Challenge, the highly anticipated Time Attack Challenge, On The Road Treasure Hunt Challenge and Speed Junkies Best Car Club Display in conjunction with the finale.
The Time Attack Challenge organised not too long ago was seen as one of the most memorable episodes that entailed driving the Lotus Evora 400S cars fitted with Goodyear’s luxury performance tyre, the Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3, which was also a pleasant surprise for the participants. It was a rush of excitement for them as they were challenged to complete a course with slalom tests, 360-degree turn, a sprint back to the ending grid that then ended with a wet braking test to wrap it up in high spirits. The Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 impressed the drivers and gained numerous positive feedback especially on the tyre’s superior dry and wet grip, braking and handling performance.
“Having identified the growing passion among car enthusiasts and their needs, we at Goodyear Malaysia are glad to organise this initiative to bridge the evident common interests and shared enthusiasm of local car clubs. We take pride in bringing the automotive scene in Malaysia to the next level,” said Ben Hoge, Managing Director of Goodyear Malaysia.
“VW Club Malaysia would like to thank Goodyear Malaysia for organising this platform for like-minded car enthusiasts to share our passion and even compete with one another for the first time! The friendly folks at Goodyear were always there to give us tyre care advice and even pro-driving tips throughout the event, which we find very helpful. We definitely look forward to participating in Goodyear’s upcoming events this year,” said Daryl Yap, Chief of VW Club Malaysia, who is the champion of Battle of The Clubs 2017.
Goodyear said the project aimed to promote engaging activities and networking opportunities for the local car clubs in Malaysia. As part of its Shared Values in caring for communities, this initiative represented the company’s continuous efforts to improve and better the wellbeing of local communities that hosted the company’s operations.
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