June has brought many interesting things to the little city of Adelaide… Our university students are no doubt in a state of mental breakdown as they endure their exam preparation, the weather has gone to absolute sh*t for the majority of the month, and winter has well and truly set in. Admittedly; the Slow Life team were a little apprehensive regarding the preparation of this event, as the last thing we want is the heavens to open upon some of the gorgeous vehicles we see at our meets. It was at this point that we decided to contact some friends of ours to help us out… And boy, did Hardtuned, and their SA representatives Custom Importz, deliver.
The last time we teamed up with iconic Australian automotive lifestyle network was in January 2015. Our meet and cruise collaboration was a great success, and we promised that we’d cross paths again. Just short of 18 months later, and here we are teaming up again for what would have to be one of our standout meets, and a great way to bring Hardtuned back to South Australia.
Their SA representatives are Kahli and Tom Bell – owners of the renown Lonsdale workshop Custom Importz. The Slow Life team has had a longstanding relationship with Custom Importz, and we couldn’t wait to get cracking with possibly the most cringe-worthy event name pun of the year – ‘HardJuned’. See what we did there? See it? SEE IT!?
As we brought the event to the public eye and rolled out the facebook invitations, the numbers soon followed. On the night, an estimated 600 vehicles rolled through our trademark meet location at the multi-storey parking facilities at the SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre. The meet was scheduled for a later start than usual – 9PM, with a 10PM cruise departure. Why was the meet start time later? Simply because the Slow Life and Hardtuned teams had so much to prepare! We also like to look after our friends at the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre by respecting the fact that their facilities are still in use until 8PM, and thus their customers and staff would preferably enjoy leaving their parking facilities without the bombardment of modified vehicles. This month, we worked very hard to bring you a new level of organization in the SL Hub (level 6 of the parking facilities) – with numerous vendors now displaying and a fresh array of feature cars.
Our vendors included our official detailing partner ‘Partners in Grime‘ and apparel partner ‘Saint Morris Apparel‘. Partners in grime offered live detailing demonstrations utilizing their exclusive range of wax and detailing products, and also announced the winner of our ‘Adelaide’s Grimiest Car’ competition! There’ll be more on this competition shortly. Saint Morris Apparel have jumped on board to produce our upcoming merchandise line, and had some of their trademark products on offer to meet attendees. You may have also noticed that the SL Crew were sporting a new range of SL hoodies, which you’ll be seeing very shortly! A highlight vendor was of course the Custom Importz and Hardtuned tent – where you could grab all sorts of Hardtuned and other miscellaneous merchandise. From pod filters to key rings, and of course the renown Hardtuned merchandise range – there was something for everybody! It was a great experience to finally have some vendors representing at a meet, and to bring the community together for what was a great event.
Feature cars for the evening included:
– BANKRPT (Matte orange wrapped Mercedes C63 AMG)
– The Custom Importz sponsored 180SX Drift Car
– Zander’s S13 Drift Car (Article here)
– The GU Auto Concepts Rocket Bunny 180SX
– The Custom Imports Origin S15
Furthermore, there was an array of spectacular and unique vehicles throughout the hub. Such vehicles included a stunning targa-top Supra, a gorgeously intimidating midnight blue R32 GTR, a Z06 Chevrolet Corvette, a stampede of R34 GTRs and some JDM-inspired masterpieces which could sum up nothing but the life and soul of the Hardtuned culture.
Our cruise saw attendees departing the SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre at 10pm, and venturing up through the Flagstaff Hill, Blackwood, Upper Sturt, Crafers and Magill regions; with many cars (and owners) enjoying the sweet sound of their exhausts echoing throughout the tunnels on the South Eastern Freeway en route to the Firle Shopping Precinct, where the event was concluded for the evening.
All in all, the SL and Hardtuned teams are very pleased with what turned out to be a greatly entertaining and memorable night for the SA car scene. Hardtuned are looking to return to SA more frequently, and Slow Life are committed to ensuring that this becomes a reality! On behalf of the Custom Imports and Hardtuned teams, Slow Life would like to thank each and every one of you for coming along and enjoying the atmosphere, and we can’t wait to see you again soon.
Until next time!