You may have heard of the Blue Jackets Society, a society of super car drivers lately gracing the news, forums and websites lately. They have been actively organizing drives very frequently every now and then, be it for charity, for holidays and even for the sake of pushing their super cars to the limit. The furthest they have been is to the royal city of Hua Hin in Northern Thailand. After all these thousands of miles of tyre gripping tarmacs, they have reach their first ever anniversary and celebrated with, yup, you’ve guessed it, a drive. This time the destination is to Penang Island. To be specific, to party at Hard Rock Hotel by the beach, with loads of foam and fireworks to end it all with.
The trip starts at Plaza Damas where all the participants meet for breakfast at Daun Cafe. While they were having a feast at the cafe and mingling with the usual suspects, the cars that have not been stickered to the event liveries were done so by the boys from the sticker supremo Motorsport Playground. The whole stretch of road is filled with all the V configured engines, massive in-lines and boxer engines you can dream of that comes in form of sleek automotive packaging design to date. After a short briefing and a group photo session, the engines roared and the tyres rolled.
A part of the attraction to this drive is the twisties at Balik Pulau in Penang island but along the way, the convoy had a quick dash to the Tapah R&R for fuel stop, followed by the scenic route along the B roads to Sungkai where the convoy had a warm welcome at the Sungkai’s Petronas Station with some light snacks and drinks. Then the long line of super car train head its way to Chemor to Samy’s Restaurant for some traditional banana leaf lunch. All 36 super cars at the carpark were pulling the crowds as all of us where digging away the rice and curry at the restaurant. In a way, it is quite a sight to entertain the local with poses at the cars, the photography session even some were brave enough for a quick questions and answers with the owners themselves.
The journey continues as the convoy push hard to Juru’s Petronas to meet up with the marshals that is going to paved the way to the said hotel smoothly. The funs starts here when the convoy took the route away from the city and to the twisties that ends at the hotel with a shot of driving along the bending roads of Balik Pulau. A sort of preview for the activities for the day after. It was around 4.30pm on a Friday then and the rest of the day was free and easy.
Saturday highlights were the fun and games with the orphans by the beach and another run through the bends and tight corners of the roads from Balik Pulau before the main even that is the Blue Jackets Awards. All of the Blue Jackets had their way though the corners like nobody’s business that Saturday. Even the marshals on their super bikes had trouble keeping up with the drivers. One of them kept the timing and it was a close equalizer between a super bike and a super car. After that, its the preparation for the grand event itself, The Blue Jackets Awards.
The awards is to appreciate the participants that have been around to push this society to greater heights. There are numerous categories to awards most that came for the drive this time. The winners received a custom made trophy to make it a special one for a Blue Jacket member from a Blue Jacket member itself. After the awards were given away over dinner by the seaside, the night ends well with a burst of fireworks followed by a wet and wild foam party with the spins from the the house DJ.
Great company with superb location makes the food even better, the trip ends on the day after when the Blue Jackets bid farewell to the Hard Rock Hotel and head home to Kuala Lumpur by lunch time. Below is the list of awards and their winners.
Blue Jackets Fast and Furious Award
Dato’ Azizi, Garry Adams and Dato’ David Gurupatham
Blue Jackets King of Emergency Lane
Blue Jackets Mr. Personality Award
‘Botak’ Syed Haizer
Blue Jackets Alligator Buaya Crocodile Award
Blue Jackets Most Eligible Bachelor Award
Raja Zainal Badri
Blue Jackets Most Memorable Moment Caught on Video
Gerrard Pareira in Arrested & Interrogated
Blue Jackets James Bond Award
Blue Jackets Best Photography by a Member
Blue Jackets Dancing Queen
Johanny ‘The Raja Joget’
Blue Jackets Most Outstanding Female Driver Award
Nazlin and Sharon Lim
Blue Jackets Best Supporting Spouse or Partner Award
Satwant, Minister of Domestic Affairs for Dato David Gurupatham
Eda, Chief Warden for Garry Adams
Kak Nazlin, VISA Approval Director for Abang Jo
Vendii, Ultimate Judge and Jury for Kenneth Teh
Joey, Minister of Home Affairs for Vincent Wong
Nita, Chief Executioner for Abang Zack
Chelsia Ng, Supreme Overlord for Joshua Wong
Angela, Ultimate Queen of the World for Erwin Azizi
Amy Fadyla, Master of the House for Awe
Nadia Marlina, The Princess of Botak Syed Haizer
Aarti, Gate Keeper for Deven
Sayaa, The Sweet Princess for Dato Andy
Blue Jackets Catchphrase of the Year
Botak for “Don’t think I’m stupid because I’m not clever”, “Head Brain”, “Sweet Pee” and “Small the Pieces Bro!”
Blue Jacket’s 13th Award
Mok in “I’m in Chains” – 1960km Kl-Krabi-Phuket Inaugural Drive
Blue Jackets Al Capone Award
Nedim Nazri Aziz
Blue Jackets Most Creative Number Plate Award
Amir for SS11N
Blue Jackets Facebook Photo Contest
Jazreen and Nadhir
Blue Jackets Man of the Year Award 2011
Dato Azizi , Dato David, Garry Adams and Abang Din
words: Jeo pix: Hazwan Najims & Jeo