Written by Raymond Chan
Photography by Justin Sung
We’ll keep this short, as there’s only so many words one can use to describe the weekend that passed this early February.
The cool cats at Streetkarnage had the initial idea of organising an event halfway between Sydney and Brisbane; an amazing idea conceptually, but logistically and realistically hard to organise due to the distance (Sydney and Brisbane are a good 11 hours apart!) and uncertainty of the number of attendees. It was only after their trip to Sydney for the first Showcased event at the end of 2012 that they realised this idea had the potential to come into fruition the way they had imagined. Come 2013, and Halfway Hangs was born.
Many of us knew Streetkarnage by name and their crew members and cars through Facebook and forums, but not having met in person before. Once details about Halfway Hangs were released, we knew it was an event not to be missed, and thankfully with Streetkarnage’s early organisation for the event, most of us were able to take the time off required to make the trek up to Valla Beach for a foreseeable epic weekend.
We decided to roll down on the Friday morning, leaving Sydney early so we’ll arrive at Valla Beach just as the Show and Shine starts.
The trip was easy enough, though we did get caught behind a HWP just outside Hornsby who decided to slow down to 80km/h on the freeway. No way were we gonna risk overtaking him.
We ended up arriving at Valla Beach just a little past 1pm, and all the cars at the Show and Shine were already parked up with people mingling. We stationed ourselves in the middle of the grassy area, as most of the up front spots were taken already.
Our initial impressions of the event was that it was such a chilled out atmosphere; it was like everyone was in their own backyards relaxing in their chairs, stubby in hand. We couldn’t resist ourselves and cracked open some iced up Coronas before we even parked up.
The cars on display were wildly different to what we’re used to, with a large majority being drift cars, cars that were used and abused, cars that were built for a specific purpose with no holding back.
Now to some more familiar territory!
Charlie had a bit of trouble getting off the grassed platform!
Meanwhile a car limbo had started, with many frame-hitting drift machines giving it a go with a bit of spectator help.
It was hard to differentiate when the Show and Shine had ended and when the night festivities were going to begin, as the cars we had just seen parked up in the common grass area had only moved nearby to their respective cabins.
As the Show and Shine concluded, stomachs were filled with fast food and beer bongs with alcohol. New friends were made, Spirytus was dusted off and snores were recorded. No photos were taken of the night festivities as even our main photographer Justin got involved! No worries though, no beer bong was spilled 🙂
The drift day (part two) of Halfway Hangs to come soon!