BLUE JACKETS 1ST ANNIVERSARY

Blue Jackets 1st Anniversary @ Hard Rock Hotel

2 weekends ago, my buddies from the Blue Jackets Society were in Penang to celebrate the first anniversary of their car club.

The venue of choice was the Hard Rock Hotel and this is where the boys normally stay when they come to Penang.

Blue Jackets 1st Anniversary @ Hard Rock Hotel

For those who don’t know, the Blue Jackets Society is a supercar-only car club that is made up of some of the most successful businessmen in Malaysia.

It was started last year by Erwin Azizi and Ray Hong, who are both incredibly passionate about cars/motorsport but felt that Malaysia lacked a proper “gentlemen’s” car club where community and friendship amongst like-minded individuals takes place over politics and status.

Blue Jackets 1st Anniversary @ Hard Rock Hotel

During the past year, the Blue Jackets have been very active, participating in many charity drives, long-distance drives, track days and more than 30 weekend drives – so basically there is something going on almost every week for them!

Blue Jackets 1st Anniversary @ Hard Rock Hotel

I think the thing I like most about this car club is the fact that their member actually DRIVE their cars, as opposed to just parking them at the valet in Pavilion.

Blue Jackets 1st Anniversary @ Hard Rock Hotel

I know a lot of supercar owners that don’t push their car anywhere near its limits, but take this matte black Murcielago SV for example – it was covered in dirt and dead bugs from the drive from KL-Penang so you know the driver was having a blast.

Blue Jackets 1st Anniversary @ Hard Rock Hotel

Damn this car looks so mean!

Blue Jackets 1st Anniversary @ Hard Rock Hotel

The 1st anniversary celebration consisted of a fun-filled awards dinner, where members were presented with awards based on stuff they had done in the previous year.

I was late due to a prior engagement so I could only catch the last part of the dinner, but I could tell that it was a fun-filled event for all involved.

Blue Jackets 1st Anniversary @ Hard Rock Hotel

After the dinner was over, I spent some taking some photos in the car park so you guys can see what an awesome group of cars was assembled at the Hard Rock Hotel.

Blue Jackets 1st Anniversary @ Hard Rock Hotel

Hmm … this Gallardo looks familiar …

Blue Jackets 1st Anniversary @ Hard Rock Hotel

Left, right and center, no matter where you turned there were supercars staring at you.

Blue Jackets 1st Anniversary @ Hard Rock Hotel

This F430 was red during the previous trip … I guess the owner wanted a meaner look and it does look very sinister (in a good way).

Blue Jackets 1st Anniversary @ Hard Rock Hotel

Best of the British. It’s always nice to see Din’s DBS.

Blue Jackets 1st Anniversary @ Hard Rock Hotel

Like I said, supercars everywhere you turned your head.

Blue Jackets 1st Anniversary @ Hard Rock Hotel

This is Erwin’s GT3RS. I never get sick and tired of seeing his car as one look and you can tell this was a purpose-built race machine (check out the roll-cage peeping out of the rear windscreen).

Blue Jackets 1st Anniversary @ Hard Rock Hotel

Which is your favorite?

Blue Jackets 1st Anniversary @ Hard Rock Hotel

Erwin and his lovely wife Angela.

Blue Jackets 1st Anniversary @ Hard Rock Hotel

This is Ray, Erwin’s partner-in-crime. The two of them have really done and amazing job with the Blue Jackets over the past year!

Blue Jackets 1st Anniversary @ Hard Rock Hotel

Dato’ David Gurupatham is one of the friendliest people I know and it’s always a pleasure to see him.

Blue Jackets 1st Anniversary @ Hard Rock Hotel

Conemaster Jackson, my buddy Johnny Bob and Amanda.

Blue Jackets 1st Anniversary @ Hard Rock Hotel

Amanda is a friend who I’ve known for many, many years but I rarely see even though we’re both from Penang coz she’s a very busy lady. ;)

Blue Jackets 1st Anniversary @ Hard Rock Hotel

I’m really happy for the Blue Jackets that they’ve passed this milestone, and I hope they have many more anniversaries to come.

I know they have a lot of crazy things planned this year so I wish them all the best for 2012!

P.S. Click on any photo to see a larger version.

:)