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Inaugural Singapore biker carnival aims to be annual event

Carnival to celebrate beauty of two-wheelers with custom bike painting and bodywork contest

It aims to be a yearly event on the motorcycling calendar in Singapore.

Called the Wicked Wallop, the inaugural biker carnival tomorrow at Handle Bar in Sembawang is also a celebration of the Warpigs Motorcycle Club's (WMC) 20th anniversary.

While club members specifically ride Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Wicked Wallop is open to all bikers regardless of what they ride.

Mr Jap Loh, vice-president of WMC, told The New Paper: "In the 20 years of the club's existence, we have organised rides and supported charities.

"This time, we want to give back to the riding community and invite all bikers to celebrate the biker lifestyle, ruggedness and, of course, the appreciation of motorcycles."

Cold brew and hot food will be served with live music.

Bike enthusiasts will also get to see award-winning custom bike painter Fahmi Freeflow at work.

The self-taught Bandung native, whose real name is Mochamad Syamsul Fahmi, will be doing on-the-spot pinstriping, a delicate art form that involves laying paint strips on motor vehicle bodies.

But expect a long queue at his booth as bikers hand him their helmets, fenders and fuel tanks.

Mr Fahmi, 37, said in a telephone interview from Bandung: "My clients usually ship their bikes' bodywork to me. These clients come from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand. But it is at these shows that I get to meet these bikers face-to-face and explore future projects."

Since 2003, Mr Fahmi has done bike-related paintwork "numbering in the hundreds", given the huge custom bike scene in Indonesia.

His works have been featured in an exhibition in Texas in 2012 and last year, he received an award at the Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show.

He said: "There's no limit to one's imagination when it comes to unique designs. The challenge is to identify which designs suit your motorcycle."

If you are proud to showcase the work you have done on your motorcycle, enter your bike in the Show Off contest.

One of the judges is renowned Malaysian custom bike and car show organiser, Mr Asep Ahmad Iskandar.

Mr Asep, 40, told TNP: "A motorbike is one of the many canvases for showing your passion for customising... I think money (spent on custom work) is secondary. Taste and understanding of what represents a beautiful design comes first."

Participants for the Show Off contest must register between 3pm and 4pm at the venue.

Aside from bike activities, you can also get a shave or a haircut.

The event is supported by Harley-Davidson Singapore, El Cubanos and Liqui Moly, among other partners.

There's no limit to one's imagination when it comes to unique designs. The challenge is to identify which designs suit your motorcycle.

- Mr Mochamad Syamsul Fahmi (above), better known as Fahmi Freeflow

FYI

WHAT: Wicked Wallop biker carnival

WHEN: Tomorrow, from 3pm to 10pm

WHERE: Handle Bar, 57, Jalan Mempurong (Sembawang)

Admission is free.

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