What a Festival! Horsepower Crew was proud to be the First to bring South Australias Motoring Enthusiast Community to “The Bend” for a Show & Shine + Trade Show + Food & Family Fun Festival in the opening month of the park, there was around 3,000 enthusiasts that rocked up and rocked the day that we called TrackFest! With massive thanks to our mates at CI Performance Parts SA Time Attack for inviting us to enjoy their all day racing with classes from Street Registered to PRO, there was no shortage of Horsepower to experience on display or on the new $110 Million dollar Racing Track at The Bend Motorsport Park!
So it all started 3 months before with the opening of HorsepowerCrew.com and our first online Entry process, whilst smooth for most, some had a bit of difficulty; but either way, we were determined to ensure that we didn’t miss every single one, and we offered a incredible chance for every early bird entrant to have a chance to win a Parade Lap, HUGE thanks to CI Performance Parts SA Time Attack for arranging this absolutely amazing experience! It was 154 entrants that had a chance, and we drew 50 to go on the laps Live on Facebook, so everyone had a approx 1 in 3 chance, and they were drawn out of a hat at Random, as there was no fairer way!
From there; every entrant got a welcome pack in the mail; including letter, Wristbands, Vehicle ID Stickers & our Full 260+ Grid map of every single car, bike and Automotive Trader, split almost 50/50 as a Import Vs Muscle feel, within that; every area had a “Street Name” to fit the theme of that neighbourhood, so for example, there was “Peter Brock Boulevard”, “Skaife Street” & Rick Kelly Road” where there were Holdens, Henry Ford Way where there was Fords, Route 66 & Chev Drive in the American area-and that was Just for Muscle! Then we had ones Like “Nismo Lane”, “Fuji Speedway” & “JDM Vs EURO” in Import, it was a pretty cool experience that we can only thank our community and our Team for coming up with the ideas!
It was a Massive effort to measure and mark out those 260 6×3 & 7×4 boxes onto The Bend’s brand new Paddock area; of which we occupied over 414Meters long by 38 meters wide! Which is pretty much 60% of what you see here!
If you haven’t come across us before, Horsepower Crew is a Community Organisation which has a “Continuous Misssion” to be a Positive impact on South Australia’s Motoring Enthusiast Community, Small Business and Charitable Causes, so without being able to bring these three together in a Festival environment, the Bitumen area above would be just be a car park for Trailers, but we would like to thank these Car clubs & Facebook Groups for joining us and making First Show & Shine History at the Bend!
Nissan Cube Owners Adelaide
Subaru Scene South Australia
Camaro Comrades of SA
Cobra Car Club of SA
FPV & XR Car Club of SA
HSV Enthusiasts SA
SS Owners Club of SA Inc.
Adelaide Rotor Cruises
Street Ignition Queens
GTR Cruising SA
And this stack of Automotive & Retail Businesses that we ensured that they connected with and had a positive impact with South Australia’s Motoring Enthusiast Community!
Tough As Products
City Discount Tyres
Perfection Automotive Detailing
Street Tuned Racing
Nu Look Floors
Street Machine Association of SA
Global Tuning & Performance
Calbies Man Cave
Black Canvas Photographers
ULX110 Motor Oil
And these Family Fun & Food Traders that ensured there was a lot more to enjoy than just Horsepower! All of the food traders over-catered for expectations and sold out of food late in the afternoon! How’s that for a delicious positive impact!
The Brisket Man
Espresso At Events
Stawberries & Cream
Carnival Amusements SA
And a big Positive impact was achieved with us partnering with Variety Club, in particular the guys from SA Variety Club Bash Cars 99 & 98! Check out these stats!
110 kilograms of snags,
15 kg bacon,
75 loaves of bread,
and approximately 600 drinks!
Total fundraising of $3800!
They even did 2 other events on the weekend and with that combined, they totaled over $5300!
And All this couldn’t be possible without the AMAZING Horsepower Crew Team Members in Event Management, Retail and Media Teams!
Massive shoutout to our Resident Photographers Full Boost Photography, Rexvil Photography & Gorecki Photography, plus others like MISS VY for taking the snaps you see here so we can Re-live the moments of the TrackFest Festival..
Watching everyone Rolling in was like a the Scene out of F&F1 when Brian rolls in to Racewars..
And Rightly so! We had the Car Stars From the Fast & Furious Movies joining us at a Racetrack!
It was incredible How many Trailers were rocking up with Racecars, showcars and Dragcars!
Did we Say Dragcars?! Yes! Thanks to South Australian Drag Racers Association, they organised a Stack of horsepower to join us and do startups in the middle of our Festival! It was like the heartbeat of the event!
Getting on with the Show, everyone started with detailing, thank god that it was a perfect day for it and Tailem Bends Notourious Winds didnt give everyone a job to do for the rest of the day!
Before long; it was Bonnets up and the show was underway!
And so was the Racing on the other side of The Bend Welcome Centre with CI Performance Parts SA Time Attack!
And there was Media Everywhere! Even our mates at “My Garage Rules” were doing interviews with the owners of the Fast & Furious Cars!
Then with massive thanks to CI Performance Parts SA Time Attack, it was time to “FORM UP” and get 50 Cars on to the Track to do Parade Laps! Going by these images; it would be a bit hard to say that no one enjoyed this part of the day!
After all that excitement; it was time for a wind down on the lawn, give away up to $5,000 of Prizes and announce the winners of our Show & Shine!
So here goes! Starting with our Themed Categories!
Coolest Chrome – Tech Garage
It’s Cool & it’s a chrome bumper car, could be a cool Street Machine or a JDM Classic!
Winner: Rick N Flaming & Purple 1923 Ford T-Bucket [COOL 23]
Millennium Machine – Shannons
It was built from 2000 onwards, it has all the coolest tech and is a true representation of the Modern Day Enthusiast.
Winner: 109 Scott B Blue 2002 Holden CV8 [Manar*0]
Wild Wagon – SMASA
It’s Wild, yet it’s a Wagon, it’s wild cos everyone loves what it is or what the owner has done to make it that extra special, yet it’s functional means of its extra space doesn’t hold it back from winning!
Winner: 192 Daniel B Blue 2002 Holden VE [AVENG*3]
Top Crew Turnout – Dizzi Decalz
The Car Club or Group that came together as a Crew and repped what they are all about in South Australia’s Motoring Enthusiast Community or managed to have the most cars turnout at TrackFest!
Winners: FPV & XR Club
Damn Fine Display – Dent Revolution
It could be a whole club effort in how they displayed their club, or even that one Entrant that went all out in a theme of their Display, which made everyone spend all that more time admiring the effort!
Winner: 142 Kat C 2000 Holden Crewman [PLAY 05]
Modified Maniac – SMASA
They’ve bucked the trend, from simple upgrades like combining all the best bits of all the make/model era, through to mods like deleting Doorhandles & adding Door poppers to modify their Horsepower!
Winner: 80 Lana L 1989 Nissan Skyline R32.4 [SXYCANI]
Rockin Ride – Outlaw Speed Shop
It’s from a time that the Motoring Enthusiast really developed, it’s a true representation of the Rock’n’Roll era that has gone by, captured forever in this fine example!
Winner: 46 Adam B 1967 Red Chev Impala [S915BNS]
Coolest Number Plate – Dizzi Decalz
The owner took the time to come up with something really clever & cool, it represents the lifestyle of the car & it’s Enthusiast, it’s more then some characters on a piece of metal, it’s a statement that everyone talks about!
Winner: 176 Tyson B 1975 Mazda 1300 [GRANDMA]
Mr Detail – Shannons
He (or She) has got the cleanest ride, they brought their top of the line cleaning kit and 10 people to the show to help clean the car or bike. They even borrowed a Toothbrush and added a selfie stick to scrub a speck of dust somewhere between the gearbox & the firewall, that hasn’t seen the light of day since it was built in the factory.
Winner: 83 Ruben S Harlequin 1999 Nissan Skyline GTR
Coolest Cruiser – Tech Garage
It’s Cool & it’s a cruiser, it doesn’t have a stupid fast motor-but it doesn’t need it, it’s built to go cruising, it’s comfy for those long cruises, and always looks cool cruising seaside.
Winner: 191 Lee H Red 1979 Ford Thunderbird [TBD79]
Pocket Rocket – Shannons
The power to weight ratio in it would be like a Chevy big block in a Coke can, it’s little but packs a punch!
Winner: 43 Kieth C Red 1969 Mazda R100 [RTR100]
Excellent Engine Bay – Outlaw Speed Shop
They’ve taken the time to hide all the boring bits that make it work, they’ve made the engine look like a floating piece of memorabilia that actually still functions!
Winner: 49 Chris C Green 1971 Holden HQ Monaro
Incredible Interior – SMASA
It’s an Interior that’s incredible, the stitching is tight, the theme of colors is on point, it’s more than a cockpit, it’s a 5 Star flight!
Winner: 102 Amanda B HALO FX 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer [FAKEV*0]
Tough As Ride – Tough As Products
The rumble of this machine makes your heart skip a beat, the type of car that makes you neck snap even when you didn’t see it-and you heard it down the road; but when you saw it, you said “That’s Tough As!”
Winner: 48 Sean B Blue Toyota Celica [SKIDRAGIN]
Fattest Ride – City Discount Tyres
Yep! We bring out the measuring tape on this one! (or simply just read the walls of the Tyres) they are the fattest, but that’s not all! We also look at the whole stance of the car, and if that’s enough to say that’s the fattest ride, well it’s the fattest ride!
Winner: 219 Frank B 1970 Dodge Charger
Down Low Delight – Geof’s Garage
This Motoring Enthusiast lives the low life, they avoid spoon drains and speed humps like the plague, any inch from the ground to their car is just too much!
Winner: 54 Harrison M 2014 Toyota 86 [VIIIVI]
Stock as a Rock – Mobile Auto Care
This motoring enthusiasts has chosen to live the life of keeping it in a condition where there is no modifications whatsoever, they’ve replaced every part with original bits, to keep it like it just came off of the factory floor!
Winner: Lyssa L 1972 Holden LJ Torana [RUJ 771]
Delicious Drop Top – Shannons
This motoring enthusiast has chosen to have the wind in their hair when they are cruising, their horsepower is a soft top, droptop or removable hardtop, either way their ride is the one that loves the summertime and braves any other season!
Winner: 107 Mike S Gold 2008 BMW 335i [BMW757]
Top Two Wheeler – Tech Garage
This Motoring Enthusiast lives life on two wheels, in a sea of cars amongst the show; they’ve chosen to bring their Bike and steal the show!
Winner: 13 Jamie H Silver 2014 Suzuki Boulevard [LOW9]
Coolest Conversion – Outlaw Speed Shop
Whether it be adding a turbo, a supercharger or changing the motor completely, they’ve converted their car into something else that the manufacturer would never have imagined!
Winner: 48 Sean B Blue Toyota Celica [SKIDRAGIN]
Japanese Samurai – City Discount Tyres
The Samurai is the coveted soldier from Japanese historic times, it’s the epitome of JDM.
Winner: 16 Robert D Blue 2000 Mazda Rx7 [MADRX7]
Japanese Warrior – Tech Garage
The owner of this car has not only chosen the brave life of a Japanese brand, but also has fought the battles of keeping a pristine example of it, that is enjoyed by everyone who sees it!
Winner: 170 Andre P Grey 1996 Nissan 200SX [SIN 014]
Neatest Nissan – Global Tuning & Performance
It’s superclean, it’s tastefully modified or completely stock, it’s simply the neatest Nissan on the block!
Winner: 4 Jared R Black Nissan 370z
Geez That GTR! – Global Tuning & Performance
It’s the type of GTR that makes you stop and go Wow!.. No actually; it makes you say “Geez that GTR!” It’s got the X factor!
Winner: 83 Ruben S Harlequin 1999 Nissan Skyline GTR
Mad As Mazda – Shannons
Whether its a Cool Old Cosmo or a Modern Day MPS, it truly is a mad example of the Mazda legacy.
Winner: 40 Shannon A 2000 Mazda Rx7 [DARKNYTE]
Rotor Master – Shannons
This motoring enthusiast has not only chosen the triangle Brapping lifestyle, but their passion and crafted example is the one that everyone looks to for inspiration.
Winner: Mark T 1969 Mazda RX2 [RXI972]
Sleek Subaru – Global Tuning & Performance
The boxer motor of the Subaru makes it sound like a bulldog in a junkyard, but this owner has made their Subaru not only have the rumble, but also be as sleek on the street!
Winner: 187 Nat B Black 2003 Subaru WRX
Aussie/American Muscle Categories:
Super Street Machine – SMASA
It’s the kind of car that your uncle or your dad owned in the 70s and probably still owns today, maybe its from the 90’s, either way; it’s that car you see at Summernats, it’s quite simply that one car that is a Super Street Machine!
Winner: 133 Mick D Blue Holden Commodore VS [XX272F]
Muscle Car Madness – City Discount Tyres
It’s a musclecar and the owners choice of modifications are mad enough to bump off the Richter scale!
Winner: 218 David D Red 1975 LH Torana [LH]
Mad Muscle Car – Redefined Detail
It’s a muscle car that’s not quite a street car, not quite a drag car, it’s that beautiful blend in between, a true taste of all the best parts of the muscle car world!
Winner: 141 Scott D Blue 1967 Chev Camaro [RRS967]
Mr Americana – Outlaw Speed Shop
It’s the kind of car you think of when you think of the Stars & Stripes, it’s the one that’s built in Detroit or any other part of the Good ol “U.S OF A” that screams out “GOD BLESS AMERICA!”
Winner: 111 Craig W Red 1969 Chev Camaro [RGM069]
Super SS – Dizzi Decalz
Whether it be an old school SS from a Camaro or Torana, or a modern day SS that was the last to leave the Salisbury production line, this one is a super example of it!
Winner: 11 Joel A Wrapped Holden VF SSV [XCLUSSV]
HOT HSV – Dizzi Decalz
It was already a special vehicle when it left HSV, but this owner has taken it to the next level!
Winner: 52 Mark M Silver 2008 Holden VE [LETHLR8)
Hottest Holden – Pedders
It’s proud to wear the roaring lion badge, and the owner has taken it and made it a hot ride on the street!
Winner: 14 Graeme H Red 1996 Holden VS Ute [REDHOT]
FAT FPV – Global Tuning & Performance
It already started as a performance vehicle, but this owner has added that much more Horsepower, which is made it incredibly fat!
Winner: 104 Brett M Black 2011 Ford FG [NOT335]
Fantastic Ford – Pedders
If Henry Ford was alive today, he would choose to go on a ride with you in this Fantastic Ford.
Winner: 139 Stephen B Blue 2008 Ford Shelby Mustang [SHBY8]
TrackFest Standout – Shannons
The one car or bike that is the talk of the TrackFest Town, the one with an Incredible Interior, Spectacular Suspension, Bangin Brakes, an Excellent Engine Bay, the one that Dared to be Different, quite simply.. The one that Stands out!
Winner: James K Orange 1994 Toyota Supra [3NTQ305]
And that’s the TrackFest Lowdown! Should we do a Festival at a Racetrack again?!
But its Winter up next! That’s Not Car show Season is it? Would be Crazy to hold a WinterTime Snow & Shine wouldn’t it?
STAY TUNED TILL THIS SUNDAY AND WE WILL REVEAL WHATS NEXT!