Night of fast cars and, uh, models?

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For the benefit of people who have not been following my blogs and therefore don’t know of this event, here’s a brief: DXO celebrated its 2nd anniversary on 16th June 2007. Part of the celebration involved a convoy of Singaporean and Malaysian drift cars proceeding from Downtown East to arrive at DXO to wow party goers.

So, here we were at Downtown East. We were asked to park our cars here for five hours in the afternoon to make the resort look good. (Downtown East and DXO are managed by the same organisation.)

This car belongs to Crist of Ris Culture, the drift house that organised this part of the celebration.

I think it’s kinda trippy to have a drift car parked in a building full of kiddy themes. Sesame Street, Elmo. Haha. Incidentally, there was a Cookie Monster and Elmo show going on at the same time.

Here were the early birds of the convoy.

The Goonfather and I were late but we were still early. Duh. Singaporeans (and Malaysians) have no concept of punctuality!

So we went shopping at White Sands because Downtown East was too full of screaming kids.

When we returned later, the place had filled up quite a bit.

Strangely, none of the drift car owners brought stunningly sexy partners. I was looking forward to taking pictures of them but there were none!

I asked The Goonfather why and he said, “Bring girlfriend how to attract girls?? You drive a fierce, fast car, you don’t bring girls, you wait for girls to come to you.”


Sad to say, I have to admit he’s right. Hahahahaha.

So here’s a picture of a stunningly sexy wannabe, instead.

Hahahahaaha. I didn’t really mean that.

All the car owners were given Ris Culture t-shirts and caps to wear. They gathered for a group photo just before moving off.

And then, off we went! It was quite exciting to be in the middle of 30 impatient cars revving their engines in anticipation. Here’s a video clip of the start of the procession.

The drive there itself was pretty uneventful except for a few minor things. People gawking at the convoy from the side of roads (funny), the procession at Orchard Road was sloooooow because of the Saturday night traffic jam, and Makkuro (our car) got cut off from the main body at one point because of stupid traffic lights.

But we all managed to arrive at DXO together. There were video cameras and a huge crowd waiting for us as we drove past the DXO entrance. Channel NewsAsia was covering the event, but I don’t think they’ve reported it.

From there, we had to proceed on to park at Esplanade’s underground carpark. How anti-climatic was that? There was a long wait at the carpark, I don’t know why, and finally we were allowed to park and join the party upstairs.

A row of about six show cars had been pre-parked just beside DXO to impress the public.

But nothing to see here. I was dying to go inside and pee.

The party started slow. There was nothing going on except this pair of graffiti artists showing off their art.

So, while we waited for the guys to get us our free drinks, there was nothing to do but take photos of ourselves.

We noticed many groups of girls also camwhoring themselves. It’s funny how self-photography has become a trendy social activity. I mean, girls (and some guys) derive huge amounts of pleasure doing this for hours. Holding a camera as far out as their arms can manage to snap a picture of themselves and their buddies. And then doing it again and again and again, not forgetting to giggle at each picture as they take them.

It was getting quite silly, so I decided to stop taking pictures of myself. I saved my memory card for the fashion show that was about to come.

Except that when the show started, I didn’t know whether it was worth my effort to continue taking pictures. Here are some of the better “models”.

The guys… well, the guys looked like they were forced to do this. Most of them walked with a slouch, with a half-dead-half-sullen look on their faces.

This guy took the cake because he walked really funny, too.

There was only one girl out of the 20 or so models who impressed me. She’s pretty, sexy and energetic!

After the fashion show… POLE DANCING!

Judging from my previous blog’s comments, most of you didn’t like the performance, either for the girls or the music. But I personally think it’s not bad. I thought the music and choreography were good and the dancers were quite pretty. They just need a bit more practice, that’s all.

If you haven’t watched the video clip, it’s here.

At the end of two hours (minus interruptions), the graffiti artists were done!

The art is quite nice, I suppose, only I can’t make out what that green thing is supposed to be.

Anyone can tell?

All performances were done by 10:30pm, which was when the public was let into the club to party! I didn’t party much because Nanny Wen and Porky left early to play mahjong (deserters!) and I didn’t really know the drift people.

We hung out for a bit at the VIP area where a “top secret” drift car was showcased. How the hell did they bring an entire car into the disco?

It was being used as a beer table. Hahaha.

The Goonfather and I left quite early. Around midnight or so. I was tired and starving. Not quite what I expected of a partying night, but the event was interesting on the whole.

16 thoughts on “Night of fast cars and, uh, models?

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    Very nice event. You can really get into the drift racing culture. I hope we had those here.

    That pole dancer in white should loose some wait. :D

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    hello babe! hope u remember me….im the malay gal whom you saw last Sunday at the Drift Clinic.
    I saw my hubby car!! Thank you for posting the pic.

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    Elmo!!!! Cookie!!!! My girl Avryl would have loved those 2! :P
    Me? i’m more of a motorcycle-person….

    QY: NICE………..when F1 comes to town, you can go be their race-queen already…better start practicing with an umbrella :)

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    This is pretty exciting for such a event to happen in Singapore, of all places. In Europe, there has been a US program called Gumball 3000(, where pimped-out cars and vehicles(ja they even pimped a old VW van with an Audi A5 Engine!) have a race along the highways of Germany(no speed limit!), thru London, Amsterdam, Madrid, Italy, parts of Turkey and Eastern Europe. Damm interesting to see the porsches and lamboginis chalk up their speeding tickets just to reach 1st place. Totally agree with you, pity the cars had to be parked in an undergrd carpark. Maybe we can have our own version of Gumball 3k some day. Gumball Asia – starting from SG thru Thailand, Vietname etc, with Shanghai being the finishing point? :P

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    modchip: Yep, it’s kinda exciting hanging out with these guys. So where’s “here” for you?

    n@tyler: Hi babe! I remember you of course. Was nice of you to talk to me! So which one is your hubby’s car?

    Fish: Race queen? Hah, don’t want lah. Later people laugh at me. :P

    Stan: Wow, Gumball 3k sounds really exciting. I don’t think they’ll allow it in Singapore. LTA would have a fit! Hehe.

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    Really nice photos of the event, and lest it not be said often enough, you look very pretty :) To me, the most interesting aspect about the drift event is that it was organized by the very pro-establishment NTUC, which owns both Downtown East and DXO. This of course reeks of a conservative parent trying too hard to appeal to their hip kids. (See P-65 MPs hip hop dance performance last year as a classic example) Perhaps that explains the downer of having to park at the Esplanade, and witnessing the uniquely Singaporean artifice of making a show of erm, staged graffiti and pole dancing set to muzak.

    Organizing the Gumball 3k in Singapore would definitely give LTA and the Traffic Police an almighty heart attack, for the simple reason that the Gumball does not lend itself to bureacratic involvement. See this driver’s website for an idea about what the race participants are like (and what they can get up to). Read the 2005 Vanity Fair article if you have the time and inclination – it’s quite breathtaking.

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    >>Qiaoyun, Hobbes:Oh well, then that’s just another reason for me to stay in Europe for a little while longer…heh. If I ever do get to attend such a event, I’ll be sure to blog about it and make you envious, ja? Kidding =P

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    “Yep, it’s kinda exciting hanging out with these guys. So where’s ‘here’ for you?” — Here in Phils., just above your country. As far as I know, the drift community is just starting out. I actually don’t hear/see any news about any event like that. :(

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    hi babe!

    nice to see you at the drift clinic too! you’re very sweet looking. ;)

    the car is right below your elmo pic. The early birds convoy.


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    Hobbes: Haha, that’s very interesting. I never really thought about that. Actually, I kinda forgot that Downtown East was owned by NTUC. Now I know, everything kinda makes sense like you said, lol. But honestly, I feel a little sorry for the MPs who received too much flak for their hip hop escapade.

    杰: Like The Goonfather said, this Saturday. It’s the close of the anniversary celebration. But I don’t think it’ll be as grand as the first one.

    Stan: Go ahead and blog about it, haha. I would be interested to read about it!

    modchip: Ahh, well, at least something is starting. The events and news will come eventually, yeah? ;)

    Minou: Really? Which car is that? Who’s your friend?

    n@tyler: Thank you, dear! You’re very sweet too! ;) Hope to see you at other events!

    Miss Loi: lol… that really cracked me up!

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