The Clipsal 500 has come and put the V8 Supercars race in Adelaide in the spotlight again. This year saw the introduction of new teams and new manufacturers in the line up, Nissan and Mercedes AMG Erebus. Although the Top 10 spots in the first race of the V8 Supercars race calendar was taken by both Holden and Ford, Nissan was not far off, while the Erebus AMG Mercedes were at the bottom of the list due to a string of vehicle issues which will hopefully be sorted for the rest of the season.
The Erebus AMG Mercedes only inked the deal months before the race started, so proper development time was limited but for the teams to bring 3 race E63 AMG Mercedes to the grid is fantastic and the sound of that V8 race engines built by AMG in Germany is nothing short of amazing and spectacular, it sounded like an angry F1 engine.
The Australian GT Championship race is also my other favourite in the series, the line up varies from Mercedes AMG SLS, Lamborghini Gallardo, Ferrari 458, Porsche, to Aston Martin. It’s so exciting to see these exotic supercars racing neck to neck and the difference in engine noise is music to the ears.
The Extreme Auto Expo has been one of the biggest car show yet. Formally known as Extreme Horsepower Show, the newly branded Extreme Auto Expo is the Adelaide’s round of the Meguiar’s Super Stars, a National competition which attracts the best modified vehicles from all over Australia.
The Glen Jenning’s Batmobile was the star in this year’s show and is a technically correct replica of the 1966 built Batmobile for the 1966 TV series & autographed by Adam West (batman) and Lee Meriwether (catwoman). Body – built by Gotham Cruisers and is a first generation correct moulding and built on a 1976 Lincoln frame.
Apart from the show cars, the Zippel Cruise also rocked up to the show on Saturday afternoon with a total of over 400 cars! Only American muscle cars are on sight, which brought to the showground an American atmosphere like no other.
The Adelaide members of Z-Club Australia organised a car cruise that started from Tea Tree Plaza, up the Adelaide Hills, down to the Victor Harbor coast, and coming back along the great coastal drive of Main South Road.
This a personal project car for both Fariz and Norman and it’s an R34 GT-R (blue) and the R34 GT-T (black). These are two very powerful Japanese cars and still is quite an automotive engineering piece especially the 4WD drivetrain on the GT-R. The shots was taken at Port Adelaide industrial area, which was a perfect settings for this two fine machine.
This is Matt’s sleek looking Nissan 350Z. Matt acquired the car late last year and has invested a lot of time and money to get the car where it is at the moment. This car has turned out to be one of the cleanest and well-styled 350Z in town.
A client of mine was offering my service as a gift to her friends and family’s baby christening celebration. It was held at a local church with an after-party at home. I’ve never covered such event before, so it was truly a new experience to me and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Congratulations to Ric and Polly on their wedding. The lovely couple have been friends to my wife for years and we were invited to their wedding in Brisbane to attend their wedding. I arrived without any intention to shoot any video, I just brought with me my DSLR and a couple of lenses (and a tripod) as I normally would when I travel, but I decided to shoot some videos of the wedding event as it was such a beautiful day. I did it with what I have, it wasn’t ideal but at least I got some thing out of it.
Victor Harbour is a city located on the coast of Fleurieu Peninsula, about 80km south of Adelaide, South Australia. The city is the largest population centre on the peninsula, with an economy based upon agriculture, fisheries and various industries. It is also a highly popular tourist destination, with the city’s population greatly expanded during the summer holidays.
The Extreme Horsepower Show is South Australia’s Ultimate Automotive Expo all under cover and in the one location. There were heaps of trade sites full of the latest gear car enthusiasts. Featuring Hot Rods, Street Machines, Customs, Hi Tech Japanese Imports, Motorcycles, Drift, Race and Drag cars, if it’s modified it’s there!
One of the hottest show car has to be the Queen Street Racing Million Dollar Drag, a BMW E46 M3 CLS drag car by the Ibrahim brothers with almost every components of the car covered in gold. Also on the show is another car by brothers featuring a Pearl White Ferrari 360 Modena Spyder with custom twin-turbos setup.
This was my first experience with Gazzanats and I pay my respect for the sponsors and organisers who kept this trully well and alive. This kind of event is becoming smaller and lesser around the world due to lack of sponsorships and the level of interest, but what Sprint Auto and Gary Meyers have done is to keep them rolling.