What do you get when you mix 25 outrageous super cars, 2000 km of highway and winding roads through 3 States & 1 Territory? The Bullrush Rally.
The 2015 Bullrush Rally is a new charity super car event between Queensland's Gold Coast and Melbourne. With participants driving over 2000km, across 3 states, the event attracts a huge amount of public interest and luxury vehicles. Just picture Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Audis, BMWs and other luxury racers making their way down the coast in one big squadron.
I was travelling in the Ferrari F430 with Nick from Seven Friday, and I must say, it was an incredible experience. Seven Friday was one of the major sponsors of the rally, which was obviously a perfect fit considering the automotive and mechanical influences on the brand's designs. I had an absolute ball over the 3 days and thought I'd share what we got up to, and a few images of the cars in the rally.
On the afternoon of the first day, we arrived at the Palazzo Versace for a preliminary meet and greet. Lining all the cars up in front of the hotel was a great opportunity for the public to get a close look at the super cars, and for the drivers to get to know each other and their vehicles a little better. While a few opted for the McDonalds around the corner, we were booked in for an early dinner at Vanities Restaurant within the hotel which was an absolute delight and topped off a great first day.
After getting to know each other over drinks the night before, everyone was pretty keen to hit the road and put their cars into action. It was by far the longest day of the rally and we had lots of road to cover. After lining all the cars up at the start line at Pelican Park Carpark we were then escorted out onto the highway by the police where we made our way south to the Hunter Valley in New South Wales.
Having all the cars together revving their engines on the start line was a surreal experience, and more importantly, the car enthusiasts loved it. It was a day that consisted of some awesome scenery and adrenaline fuelled driving. Despite that, we all arrived safely to the Hunter Valley where we all checked-in to our villas at Chateau Elan , and soon after attended a fantastic dinner at Muse.
I think everyone was pretty pumped about Day 3, mostly because of the long windy roads and amazing scenery the Hunter has to offer. After a great night at the villas and a a hearty breakfast, everyone hit the road with a bright smile and heaps of energy. As expected, everyone let their engines loose and it turned out to be one of the best driving experiences of the trip. In saying that however, the real fun began when we entered the Sydney Motorsport Park later that day. Within the race park there was plenty of opportunity for the power and speed of super cars to be safely taken advantage of. There were drag racing competitions, races around the track, the Mercedes SLS doing burnouts in the car park and an C63 AMG's brakes even caught on fire. Everyone had a ball and there was certainly no lack of entertainment.
After the track, everyone was a little burnt out (excuse the pun). We finally arrived at Star Casino in Sydney, checked in and began getting ready for the festivities planned for later that night. Although some may think the rally is for a bunch of rev heads being pompous and showing off a bunch of luxury cars; you would be glad to know it's actually far from that. The main objective of the rally is to raise funds for the Starlight Foundation, an organisation which everyday, brightens the lives of ill children and their families. Fittingly, the first event of the evening was the much anticipated fundraiser for the Starlight Foundation which was held on The Pontoon around The Harbour and consisted of dinner, drinks, speeches, and most importantly - auctions, which raised thousands of dollars for the foundation.
Following the dinner, Sevenfriday invited everyone to attend their launch party for the Seven Friday V-Series at the Ivy. After spending all day on the road, this launch event was the perfect way for the participants to relax and enjoy the awesome new series from Sevenfriday. To be honest though, where the night went from there is hard to say, but somehow I know it was a good one.
Day 4 & 5
Unfortunately I had to finish the trip in Sydney, however the rest of the cars continued through to Canberra the following day. Everyone was feeling a little dusty from the previous night so the trip was fairly spread out with the majority of cars arriving at Canberra later in the afternoon. On the final day, with 660 km left to drive, the rest of the cars hit the road and later that afternoon finished up in Melbourne, that evening they had their final event at Club 23.
I would also like to thank the media crew for all the great footage & of course the organisers Marco and Cameron for making everything run safely and smoothly. There will be loads more photos and footage out in the next week or so.