Motor-heads are sure in for a treat at the 36th Annual Bangkok International Motor Show, held at Impact Arena (99 Popular Rd, Muang Thong Thani) from March 25-April 5. Spicing up the show are Bangkok’s famous “pretties,” who will be draped across even prettier vehicles; the latest must-have automotive gadgets and accessories; and the hottest cars and bikes in the Kingdom. One of the stars of the show will be the iconic Moke. Revamped by award-winning industrial designer Michael Young, the new-look Moke has already hit the hot sands of Pattaya and will be seen on Bangkok’s streets in the coming months.
On a recent visit to Thailand, Young spoke exclusively to Bangkok 101 about his inspiration in rejuvenating the classic car brand. “The new Moke is cleaner,” said the Hong Kong-based designer. “The suspension is way better, so it offers a much smoother ride. I could have gone crazy if I wanted to, making it super aerodynamic and giving it all these soft curves and flashy extras, but I’m just so passionate about this car, I wanted the first stock to be recognisable for the original users. The starting point had to be keeping the look and feel as close to the original as possible, but with noticeable improvements. Over time, we’ll let it evolve organically.”