The Down­time En­ter­tain­ment team pulled out all the stops, putting on a whole lotta win­ter­time fun at Win­terJam!


You have to be brave to book an event in win­ter, par­tic­u­larly one that re­volves around a hard­park and burnouts. But see­ing more than 5000 pun­ters come through ASB Bay­park’s gates for the first ever Win­terJam proved that if you get the for­mula right, and de­liver on it, peo­ple won’t mind a few drops of rain. Smoke, head­lights, and en­gine revs make for an ideal combo on a Saturday night, and, with a strong fam­ily vibe in the mix, the out­come is noth­ing less than solid. Word on the street was that it had been 15 years since the last of­fi­cial burnouts were held at ASB Bay­park, and, when a fur­ther an­nounce­ment was made that the event would be held in the twi­light, spots were quick to fill, with the event ac­tu­ally selling out to around 400 com­peti­tors. The club scene was to the fore­front, with emerg­ing pow­er­house Dis­rup­tive Car Club’s mem­bers trav­el­ling in num­bers, along with new tro­phy win­ners Project Car Club, the al­waysstrong NZ Fi­jian Car Club, and a solid dis­play from Tau­ranga Evo­lu­tion. To the de­light of the crowd, Girls in Mo­tor­sport also grabbed a first club award, while in­di­vid­ual stand­outs in­cluded Steve Con­der’s ‘PROHSV’ twin-procharger and Walkin­shaw-kit­ted VL. Over on the burnout pad, Rob Maca­ree was the win­ner of the Pro class, with his methanol-in­jected HQ ute torch­ing tyres and smok­ing out the whole venue, while com­pe­ti­tion reg­u­lar Dar­ren Roberts drove his sil­ver ‘L1MITR’ Holden Com­modore to V8 class vic­tory. Others to show­case their con­sid­er­able tal­ents were Shane’s ‘1EV1L3’ Cortina, Ricky and Jenn Ire­land’s ‘ENVEED’ Holden HZ, and Hay­den’s ‘NUTOUT’ Holden HQ all the way from Welling­ton. Also no­table was the in­sanely tough ‘ TUF RX’ RX-4 brought out to play by the team at High Per­for­mance Ro­taries, scream­ing to the lim­iter and pump­ing flames out the ex­haust. We con­grat­u­late Alan and Pare­tauira To­gia and the rest of the Down­time En­ter­tain­ment team on a su­perbly run and or­ga­nized event, and for al­low­ing such a spec­ta­cle to hap­pen. We’re al­ready hang­ing out for the next one — 2017 Sum­merJam, if you didn’t know. Same venue, De­cem­ber 23. See you there!

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