It’s been more than a year since the first inaugural 1960KM Phuket Drive. This time around the 1960KM Phuket Drive comprised of more Ferrari than other makes… as for us, the FD2 Type R was our trustworthy chariot. It was smooth sailing from the start as we make our way after a light breakfast at Bestari Restaurant, Solaris Dutamas.
The convoy is comprised of Porsche 996 GT3RS, Porsche 911 GT3RS, Porsche Carrera 4S, Porsche Carrera, 5 Ferrari F430, Ferrari F430 Spyder, 2 Nissan Skyline GTR35, Ferrari 458 Italia, Lamborghini Murcielago Super Veloce and Honda FD2R.
As per usual, due to driving faster than the anticipated speed of 140km/h, we made three fuel stops, in Rawang, Juru and CTC but not before disaster strikes as Adil’s R35 spewed fumes and fogged the three-lane road due to a cracked block 2km from Sungai Petani’s exit.
After it was being towed, we joined the rest of the Blue Jackets Fraternitas to be flagged off by Mentri Besar Kedah at the immigration point before getting our documentations done. Keeping true to the spirit of Blue Jackets Society, Adil and his wifey, Jane hopped on Mok’s Cali and Ray’s Porsche.
Along the way, we received a report of tsunami warning due to Acheh earthquake of 8.9 magnitude. Six provinces were put on high alert including Phuket. Due to that, we made a detour to Trang and stayed at Thumrin Thana Hotel. Trang was also on high alert but since we’re checking in at about 30km away from the beach, Ray and Erwin made a decision after discussing the matter with everyone, it’s safe enough. Prior to that, we had a sumptuous dinner after skipping lunch due to the delay of documentations at Danok. Everyone left the restaurant adding 2-3kg of bulging stomachs.
After checking in at Thumrin Thana, some of the guys and gals headed to the Say Yes Club for a drink before retreating to their much-needed rest.
Since Krabi was only 40 minutes away, we checked out and left Trang at 11.30am. It was quite a slow drive the day before, and so Erwin had a word with the police superior and requested the police escort to drive faster so that none of the drivers fall asleep and kill themselves while driving.
It was quite a fast drive. Everyone was relieved and enjoyed the drive despite quite a number of potholes and uneven surfaces along the way. Some even managed to push their cars close to 300km/h.
Nevertheless, whenever speed is involved, mishap deemed to happen. Erwin had a close shave avoiding a stopping bus and a pick-up truck and nose-dived into a mud. Due to that, we had an unscheduled stop at the nearest petrol station.
It was up to Jart to have a look and ensure that everything was in check. While waiting, the drivers got their cars fueled up. From there on, we pushed on towards Aonang Beach, Krabi for lunch. Since Dato’ Andy requested that he gets to order, the amount of food was huge and everyone gained at least 2kg each leaving the restaurant. We arrived in Phuket close to 8.30pm to check in at Kee’s Resort while the management team checked in at Nicky’s Handlebar
Despite being extremely tired and almost without sleep, majority of the Blue Jackets Fraternitas woke up early to go for island-hopping. By 11.00am we make our way to the port via two vans and greeted by Dave, our host of the day. Nevertheless, it was not without a delay as the second van got lost and arrived at a jetty instead of Phuket Port.
Once they arrived, Dave led us to the yachts. It was huge and can accommodate all 16pax. We made our way in two yatchs to two islands. First stop was Koh Kai where the guys and gals went for a dive or two for half an hour before island-hopping in style to Koh Rangyai for lunch and spending the rest of the day there. It was quite a unique experience island-hopping in luxury yacht. We spend the day jet-skiing while others basked in the sun enjoying their drinks.
By 5.00pm, we sailed back to the port and headed back to Patong Beach to join in the fun of Songkran Festival. Most of the boys and gals of Blue Jackets Fraternitas didn’t waste any time and headed straight down the streets armed with water guns.
Songkran Festival is celebrated in Thailand as it marks the traditional New Year’s Day from 13 – 15 April every year. The most obvious celebration of Songkran is the throwing of water. Thais roam the streets with containers of water or water guns (sometimes mixed with mentholated talc), or post themselves at the side of roads with a garden hose and drench each other and passersby.
The water is meant as a symbol of washing all of the bad away and is sometimes filled with fragrant herbs when celebrated in the traditional manner. This, however, was not always the main activity of this festival. Songkran was traditionally a time to visit and pay respects to elders, including family members, friends, neighbors, and monks.
It was another early morning for us as we regrouped at Kee’s Resort where most of the boys and gals of Blue Jackets Fraternitas resides in Patong Beach. By 11.30am, From there, 18 of us drove towards the Phuket Kart to compete against one another in 125cc gokart. We were divided into three group in which each group comprised of 6 drivers, in total 19 drivers including Hazwan, the beloved official photographer.
It was a fierce fight among ’em even during warm-up lap. A number of accidents occured… but the most serious one was when Ganesh went sideways before slamming into Dato’ Andy. The impact sent Ganesh highside and ended up underneath the turtled kart.
In the finals, it was Erwin, Jart, Ganesh, Dicky, Syan, Ezilan and I battling it out to gain the top spot. Dicky who was consistent at his speed and managed to keep himself out of trouble won the race. Three others, Jart, Syan and I didn’t get to finish the race leaving Ezilan and Erwin completing the top-three spot.
As the race finished at 4.30pm, we kept ourselves hungry before heading for drinks at Sky Lounge, Kee’s Resort and later went for a dinner with a special set-up of Erwin’s and Ray’s Porsche being the main table.
We left Phuket at 11.00am heading to Sheraton Krabi. Nicky of Nicky’s Handlebar came along in his Lamborghini Spyder along with Huat, who was driving his heavily-modded Evo7 and another three cars of the Thai boys. Along the way, after almost 2 hours of drive, we had a stop by the roadside to enjoy local delicacy, Somtam.
Quite a number of the boys and gals preferred to arrive at the hotel and so they left us 7 cars behind to enjoy the food. I’d say it was quite a loss for ’em as it was delicious. They were led by Huat towards Sheraton Krabi.
As for us, we arrived at the hotel at 5.00pm and after two-hour of lazing around in bed, we met up at the lobby and head for dinner at Aonang. After dinner, the gals wanted to have a walk at the streets of Aonang, as for the boys they prefer to have some coffee at a nearby cafe. By 11.00pm, everyone headed back to the hotel for a much-needed rest as the next day is all the way back to Kuala Lumpur.
The convoy left Krabi at 9am heading towards Danok, exiting Thailand and back home to Malaysia. Somehow, every time we leave Thailand, it was raining cats and dogs and some section of the route or just mere drizzle. The police escort made it easy for us to squeeze through traffic and despite a few number of stops, the drive home went smoothly. Even the documentation process was not as hard as when we entered.
Once we crossed back to Malaysia, we had a fuel stop before continuing our journey home. Three cars spend their night in Penang, while the rest head home to their loved ones. We stopped at Tapah for food and since it was crowded we went for the less crowded restaurant only to suffer tasteless chicken rice.
Despite the tasteless chicken rice in Tapah, we enjoyed the whole trip, the island-hopping via the luxury yacht, celebrating Songkran festival with ’em locals, speeding and was held up by the Thai police and doing everything else with friends, Nicky, Kai, Huat and the rest of the Blue Jackets Fraternitas. We’re definitely looking forward for another trip with ’em Blue Jackets for sure!
words: Hage’ pix: Hazwan Najims