Hardtuned.net ANZAC Day Bash
Hardtuned.net celebrated Remembrance Day in 2012 by hiring out the Holden Performance Driving Center and holding a private track day. After all, the men and women who we honor on this day fought and died for the freedoms that we have today. With a live DJ spinning out tracks, BBQ sizzling out the back and a large crowd of cars eager to hit the black top in time attack, hot laps and skid pans, the mood was set for fun. The clouds offered a cool day for both drivers and their vehicles, which made the whole thing just that little more comfortable.
This was my first time going out to the HPDC for any reason and I was really impressed by the track. I really shouldn’t have been when you consider that the thing has been designed to help assist drivers with a wide variety of elements. Long sweeping bends leading into dog’s legs and hairpin turns with straight-aways, something for the technical guys to throw into and parts that the speed freak could put the boot into. The obligatory skid pan was in effect as well so that the guys could get loose without going through sets of rubber. That’s our way of fighting the carbon tax.
Levi Clake from the Stadium Drift circuit was out for the day as well as some boys from the GT3 Porsche Cup. The vehicles on track varied from the top pier of automotive engineering to rides that had been built in a back yard shed if they were lucky. That’s the spirit of the car culture that is found in this stretch of the East-Coast though. It doesn’t matter if your car is made of carbon fiber or held together with zipties and Illest stickers, once you get out on the tracks, it’s all about how much fun you can have on the day.
David and Goliath coming in for supper. This blown LS3 was setting a monster pace.
Fitment. That is all.
Rollcage – check. Helmet – check. Race suit – check….. Rego’d – CHECK!
We surround ourselves with beautiful things.
Black is the new slick.
Unless you see this thing in action, the photos can’t do it justice. It spends more time on three legs than a dog with a weak bladder.
Ladies take note. Good looking, but still cooks.
Two door race war.
Daniel Batchelor hitting the skid pan in a perfect example of an S15
When bolts ons look good.
Super snail on the CA18.
After each session driver would head back to the car parks to cool and show off their rides.
Remember playing in the sprinklers as a kid. Unlike us, some things never get old.
I couldn’t choose if I had a gun to my head.
This Type-R was out testing its pedigree.
A big thanks goes out to Loz from Hardtuned.net for putting the day together and all the boys who helped set it up.