EVENT: ClubITR Annual BBQ 2011

Just over 2 weeks ago the annual ClubITR BBQ was held at the usual location of Lane Cove National Park. So you’re probably thinking yeah alright, a small one make meet, 15-20 cars and this blog post full of photographs of Honda Integra Type R’s. Well here’s where you’re wrong and I think I can best explain this by showing a bit of insight on the club’s history. My first encounter with the original roots of ClubITR was even beyond the club’s existence.

It was 8 years ago; I was 12 years old and amongst a small handful of car enthusiasts within the Australian subforum of the American forum ClubRSX. 4 years before I was even legal to acquire a Learners drivers licence I welcomed to the forum by a few of the most polite individuals I have ever met. Being the small fishes in the sea at ClubRSX we were fed up with our informative threads continuously being pruned and deleted so in 2005 ClubITR was created and we slowly migrated over. The club turned 5 this year and after many successful BBQ’s, meets and cruises the club still maintains its reputation as a group of mature car enthusiasts. Some members of the club have never owned a Honda Integra Type R, some have moved onto other Honda models and some have moved onto other makes and I think this doesn’t matter at all. I mean I have nothing against ITR’s (the Cars For Hope car is an ITR) but what matters is that they are still loyal to the club and still attending ClubITR events.

Earlier this year the ownership of ClubITR was passed on to long time member Felix Alim who has put in a tremendous effort to revamp the website, organise events and to continue to improve the club. For this year’s annual BBQ Felix was kind enough to hold this annual event in attempt to raise awareness and support for Cars For Hope and our depression initiative. It was the club’s largest turnout for a BBQ meet and a number of sponsors had jumped on board to show their support for the event. Prizes were kindly donated to a raffle that was drawn at the end of the day.

Yep that’s a Mitsubishi Evo at a ClubITR meet. This Evo is owned by the BYP guys who have built countless fast Honda’s and own many track records with their supercharged K24 EG but here they are rocking their daily Evo.

Brother’s Mark and Pat both rock tastefully modified DC2R’s.

ClubITR owner, Felix Alim’s JDM front DC2R is always a popular one at car meets. White regamasters, Buddyclub exhaust and a Cusco rollcage to name a few of many mods.

Another JDM front DC2R rolling on 16″ JDM rims.

One of the original members from ClubRSX, Adrian Mak has never owned an ITR but he currently owns this amazing S2000. The note it produces down the main straight of Wakefield Park with its 70mm titanium Amuse exhaust is something you ought to hear. It’s simply mind blowing and we’ll be doing a full feature of this car when he receives his new goodies.

The DC5 gang.

What looks to be a heavily modified DC5S. Sporting Volk CE28N’s, an ARC front splitter and a Mugen rear wing.

This red S2000 looked amazingly perfect decked on an aggressive set of BBS LMs.

Repping ClubITR.

A diverse range of cars. Accord Euro, 1979 Toyota Cressida, FN2R.

The show stopper.

Nico’s Targa Top Honda NSX.

That’s me giving a short speech on what Cars For Hope is all about.

So what’s the reason behind the Cars For Hope stickers?

Depression will affect nearly every person in their life, either directly or through a close friend or family member. By rocking one of our stickers and telling people why it is there, you can show that you care, that you want to make change, that you want everyone to know that they are not alone.

Cars For Hope’s funny man Fadi cracking his usual jokes.

Trevor Wu (pictured above) no longer owns his decked out K20A DC2R or any car for that matter but still put his hand up to help organise this event. He deserves a big shout out for all his efforts behind the scenes.

The crowd enjoying the raffle.

One lucky winner of a Honda Racing jacket.

Raffle prize winners!

ClubITR generously donated all profits from the day to Cars For Hope and we greatly appreciate it. The donation will go towards printing more stickers and depression fact sheets. Overall it was a great day, Team Cars For Hope enjoyed it very much and we look forward to next year.

You can find more photos here.

The Cars For Hope movement is a dream come true. It’s been an amazing ride since 2011 and a privilege to bring my heart to work every day. I get to wake up every day and write things that I really believe and say things that I really believe. I get to be creative trying to encourage people and move people to know that it’s okay to be honest and that it’s okay to ask for help. And the other part of it is I get to hear the best stories and compliments, sometimes even people saying they’re still alive and getting help because of the work that we do. It’s so incredibly humbling and encouraging.

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