What would you make of it when you see 32 exotic supercars zooming by in a long stretch all the way from PROTON Centre of Excellence to Johor Bahru. I’d say the impact was tremendous and it was all thanks to the good effort of SHELL, Blue Jackets Society and Zerotohundred.com.
It was not an easy feat to gather up supercars of different makes to join hands for the tour. Seriously it’s not especially when most of these supercar owners run their own business and 24 hour a day was never enough for them. There were a number of Scuderias and R35, Porsche Panamera, GT3RS, Carrera 4S, Boxster, a couple of Aston Martin Vantage, an Aston Martin DBS, a Challenge Stradale and a number of Lotuses including the lastest model the Lotus Evora. The media personnel had their hands on the Lotuses throughout the drive and it was quite an experience for them.
The SHELL Helix Invasion Tour started with the roar of thunder from the exhausts as the owners arrived at the RV Point at PROTON Centre of Excellence in the morning. After breakfast, the drivers were briefed by Erwin Azizi, founder of Blue Jackets Society, on the safety procedures, designated stops and the itinerary of the day to ensure a smooth drive all the way to JB.
The first stop was at the Seremban Rest Area to regroup as traffic was busy as expected and some were left behind. A Scuderia had a lost of power and thanks to the support crew who managed to settle the problem in no time and get it running again with the pack once arrived in Seremban Rest Area.
The scorching sun turned us all into starving zombies so the convoy headed to Melaka, braving the highly congested and narrow roads towards Movida for lunch. It was not smooth but fast enough thanks to the Royal Malaysian Police who risked their lives clearing the traffic for us all. Movida is situated at Hatten Square, Melaka and since the convoy had the parking space there reserved, it was quite a treat for the public there as the supercars roars into the venue.
From there onwards, on a full stomach the drivers head out to the highway and went straight to Shell Station in Gelang Patah Rest Area to regroup and refuel. The Shell petrol station had already prepare some food and beverages for the convoy.
Once all the cars were refueled, the convoy headed to Tanjung Kupang to meet up with Kelab Alami Mukim Tanjung Kupang. These kids are our very own Captain Planet as they learn, preserve and train as Youth Rangers, monitoring the natural ecosystem as well as acting as guides for visitors. The kids were ecstatic with our arrival and since they have planned a presentation for us, it was refreshing to know that these kids really enjoy their part as the Youth Rangers.
As we left Tanjung Kupang, it was raining so heavy that it restricted our sights but we managed to arrive to Thistle, Johor Bahru just in time to refresh and head for dinner. After a wholesome delicious dinner, it was the much-needed rest for the drivers as tomorrow was another busy day.
The next day, the convoy head to Danga Bay for a ‘lil bit of fun and thrill of the Autocross organized by the Lotus guys for all the drivers. Most of the drivers opted to drive the Evora for autocross instead of their own except for Syed [email protected], Datuk Andy and Kenneth who drove their F430s, Adil with his R35 and Erwin with his GT3RS. As for the Blue Jackets, Satiya led Syed [email protected] followed by Erwin. T.Y. Lim better known as Young of Autogridz championed the media category. Best time was done at 20 seconds flat by none other than the Lotus maestro himself, Oh Kah Beng followed by Erwin Azizi at 20.02, both done in the Lotus Evora.
By 3.15pm, the convoy left Danga Bay and headed home but not without a slight twist as one of the F430 had a puncture right after the exit of Yong Peng. The Shell Helix Invasion Tour will continue as the convoy will head to Penang this coming Saturday, 10th December 2011. This time around, 35 supercars will head to Penang and gonna chill out at Sixty-9ine Mansion, Batu Ferringhi. Be there and join in the fun!
words: Hage’ pix: Hazwan Najims