If you have never heard of the Blue Jackets Society (BJS), well you really should. The Blue Jacket Society is a society of supercar owners in Malaysia where the members regularly organise and take part in events such as road trips and sometimes road trips to other countries in their supercars. This time however, BJS along with many other supercar groups and owners will be taking part in a very meaningful event.
All supercar owners will be providing joyrides at Tasputra Perkim, a government-owned centre which houses and take care of children (between 2 to 18 years old) with special needs. The government’s yearly grant of only RM19,000 (USD 6000) is far from sufficient, as monthly expenses alone can exceed over RM32,000 (USD 10,000) which includes staff salaries, maintenance of the house and vans, utility bills and food for the children.
Tasputra Perkim therefore heavily relies on donations and contributions from the public in order to help pay for the expenses. Organizing fundraising events such as jumble sales and bazaars are some of the best ways to collect donations. The only difference this time however, is that this fundraising event will be much more crowded and louder than usual…..with the presence of over 30 sports cars and supercars! Fortunately for everyone, there are more of the latter and even a handful of rare metals too!
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For a paltry sum of RM20 ($6), the public will get a substantial joyride of roughly 10 kilometers in a supercar of a random choice. Contribute RM50 ($15) instead of 20 and you get to choose a supercar of your choice. The fixed route will begin from the center and will take you through a balanced mix of slow junctions around high-end housing areas, long stretches of highways, and an underground tunnel where roaring supercar engines can shine in the accoustic department.
Speaking of choices, car lovers and enthusiasts can really eat their hearts out during the events. Show stoppers are of course the two Lamborghini Aventadors in which one of them is painted in a very menacing matte black.
Aston Martin V8 Vantage, many Lamborghini Gallardo, Ferrari F430 and 458 Italia are all present. Lotus also took part with their humble open-top Elise R, a few Evora, and also Lotus’ extreme Exige S.
As for the rare gems, there was one of the 150 units of the Gallardo Super Trofeo Stradale, a Ferrari F430 Scuderia, a Jaguar XKR-S, and also a Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale. There was also a MTM R8R, which is a modified and supercharged version of the Audi R8 V8 which is now just as powerful as a stock R8 V10.
Unsurprisingly the whole event was a huge success. The power of the internet meant that many people knew about the event weeks before and many were present that day supporting the event. At the end of the day, the supercar rides alone managed to collect a substantial amount of RM 8163 ($2548) for the center, and a further sum of around Rm 2000 ($624) was raised from the donation box as well as the food and jumble sales.
Now is the time where I list out all the parties which made the supercar rides possible. Besides the Blue Jackets Society, a huge thank must be given to Lotus Cars Malaysia, Lotus Owners Club, Lamborghini Malaysia, Lamborghini Owners Club, Ferrari Owners Club Malaysia (FOCH), as well as the owners of Aston Martin, Porsche, BMW, Audi and Jaguar who were present that day.
I’m sure you can’t get enough of these photos of supercars I took, but don’t fret as I have also recorded lots of video at the event. The result is a video I’ve put together which sums up the whole event pretty well.
Yes it is 17 minutes long but I promise you that you will see a supercar every second of the video, plus it also includes my joyride in one of the V8 Vantage towards the end of the video. I highly recommend watching it in high-definition and also with the volume turned up to eleven! Enjoy!