Every time when we got invited to join the convoy of a car club, there is always an opportunity to learn a few things about their rides and the happy people behind the wheels. This time we have followed The Break FAST Club from the southern region, Johor Bahru.
The Break FAST club is a club for those who can wake up early on Sundays for breakfast that comes with a fast, spirited drive, which can happen before or after the breakfast. Hence the word breakfast with the word FAST gloriously capitalised.
The Break FAST club had organised this weekend getaway from Johor Bahru to Malacca with eager club members, who are owners of the Volkswagen range; Passat, Scirocco, Jetta, Golf and the Polo – most of which have been tuned, rest assured they are not bone stock. Other club members brought their Audi A4 and A5, alongside an attractive Japanese model, the Lexus IS250.
And the best thing is, their routes were all within the winding B roads from town to town. The long bends, sharp corners, stretchy straights and not forgetting the picturesque sceneries along the way. If you notice the sticker on a car that says “Pekan-pekan Goyang,” according to Fariqe Hairuman is the club’s main man and also a Super Taikyu, MMER, BTCC driver for Petronas’ glory racing days. Catchy and quirky indeed, in their own ways.
The day started on Saturday morning with everyone meeting up at the Perling’s Shell Station for a quick fill-up. Fariqe planned to see who can drive their machines most efficiently at the end of the trip, just to create a little competition for the guys. This is also a preliminary trip to their future drive up north, which is even more challenging, both physically and mentally. So let’s see how this one goes.
As per the club name, all of us head on for a quick 20-minute drive to a place called Warung Poyot where we had their special Nasi Lemak Goreng. Yes, you saw that right. A normal plate of nasi lemak was fried and turned out to be the most filling breakfast (not to mention scrumptious). After the meal, with tummies and fuel tanks all filled up, we rolled out to Pontian through the twisty B and C roads. One thing about this Break FAST club is that they are very well disciplined, especially in keeping the convoy intact. They sped up only to keep up with the gang led by Fariqe in his red Passat.
When the sun hit 90 degrees, the Break FAST club changed to lunch status as the convoy reached Pontian’s famous Baryani Mohd. Syah. You must know that these fellas will travel for miles on end for good food at any given Sunday, err…Saturday. Once lunch was over, the gang moved on to their next destination which was Muar. The roads had a lot of straights, so the guys gave their full throttle this time to satisfy their need for speed.
Fun as it is, the convoy reached Muar for some tea break and the kids and wives had some fun time by the seaside at Muar’s Tanjung Emas Jetty. From Muar, the Break FAST club marched on to Malacca and reached the Wana Riverside Hotel on time to see the sunset on the beautiful town of Malacca. Not too long later, the whole group went into town for dinner and to witness the colourful Malacca night life along the river, to the famous Jonker Street. A few of them went on the boat ride for some family time throughout the night.
The next morning, after an early morning breakfast at the hotel, The Break FAST club checked out from the hotel to go to the coolest, or should I say, the spiciest thing to eat in Malacca, which is the Asam Pedas. After a brief photo shoot with their cars by the hotel’s pictorial riverside parking, the convoy headed out to Bukit Katil for their famous dish, called the “Kedai Asam Pedas Hajah Rahmah” and the place is jam packed with hungry people enjoying the Asam Pedas. If you are in Malacca and an Asam Pedas freak, you gotta try this one. And not only that, when the spiciness takes over, you can wash it down with their awesome sugarcane drink. It is that awesome a mix, really. So go Google it.
The day continued with a little go-kart session with the boys for some leveled out racing at the MIMC Go Kart Circuit as Fariqe, being the professional racer and all, cut the club members some slack. He started all the way at the back of the starting grid and played catch up all those who were in front. Being modest now eh, Fariqe 😉 As the day goes by, you know it was a good clean fun when all of them were happy at the end of the day, regardless of who the winner of the go-kart session is. And by that happy go-kart session, we parted ways to head home and end the fun with some simple all-you-can-eat food hunting drive from a club that enjoys food as much as they like their drive in their cool rides. Looks like they are all ready to go to Krabi soon.
words: Jeo pix: Haznajims