EVENT: ClubITR x Cars For Hope Annual BBQ 2015

ClubITR’s Annual BBQ tradition continued for 2015, as we headed out to Lane Cove National Park in late-November for a relaxing afternoon conversing about all things Honda.

Sydney’s weather was at an all-time high in the days leading up to the event, and everyone was silently hoping that the weather wouldn’t be a repeat of last year’s sweltering hot BBQ. However, it was actually quite the opposite, with a cool breeze sweeping across the parkland and carrying with it the tasty BBQ aroma.

Whether you were there with your mates, or starting your kids early on the car culture game, ClubITR’s Annual BBQ was the perfect place to be with chill vibes all around.

There was a great number of Hondas from Integras (of course!), to Civics, S2000s and even a few NSXs popping by to see what the afternoon would bring. Read on and you shall see.

The usual ClubITR regulars were in attendance as always, including Victor’s EP3R Civic proudly sporting an #IAMDRIVEN decal on the windscreen…

…As well as Paul’s DC5R Integra with appropriate number plates.

But Paul wasn’t the only one with cool number plates. I’m pretty sure every DC2R owner in New South Wales would be envious of this guy!

As would every Type R owner!

Black with matte silver wheels is a simple combination that looks awesome, and it’s a theme we’ve seen a lot of lately. Whether it’s an Integra…

…Or an NSX.

Despite being up to 25 years old, Honda NSXs never fail to attract a crowd.

And who would think this would be any different at a Honda meet?

S2000s in a muted colour scheme seem to be the hot trend of late amongst Honda enthusiasts.

This was one of our favourites of the day, as a clean example with both a street and time-attack vibe.

Silver x Silver x 2. Which do you prefer?

The banter was strong amongst everyone throughout the afternoon. A friendly verbal fight brewing between the Honda and Lotus camps, perhaps?

Is this just a black EK Civic, or maybe a bit more?

Since selling his famous white-on-white DC5R Integra, Shak has been relegated to his old daily driver: a brilliantly red AP1 S2000 featuring his favourite wheels, Regamaster Evos, which is definitely a match made in heaven.

The German contingent was also out in a small force against their Japanese brethren: two blue BMWs sandwiching a white Mercedes. Look closely at the plate in the middle, and you might well be familiar with it, whose owner once owned a certain white-on-white DC2R.

But they were then joined by one lone NA MX-5, which certainly looked ready for a little touge action with those thickly-wrapped 14-inch SSR Mk2s and subtle front lip and rear spoiler.

While I can’t deny the popularity and tuner-friendly nature of Hondas, there’s just something about the simplicity of a light, RWD roadster that keeps me coming back to them time after time. But, we were at a ClubITR BBQ…

Back to the ITRs, and the attendance was strong with the JDM-front DC2Rs this year, moreso than in previous years.

There was a great showing of DC2Rs, forming a long line-up along the edge of the parking lot.

Just check out those JDM-front DC2Rs! And check out that colour coding!

But let’s not take anything away from the AUDM DC2Rs, which were aplenty and looking amazing in their various guises.

Only automotive enthusiasts will really know and understand how much we love our cars, and it definitely showed at this year’s CLubITR Annual BBQ, with some cars looking like they’ve just rolled off the showroom floor!

Red, blue and (a hint of) white DC5R goodness sitting across from the big row of DC2Rs.

While Hau’s Evo is definitely no Honda, he came out as usual to support Cars For Hope and help spread the message of hope with us.

The raffle draw rounded out the afternoon, with some great prizes on offer including a ClubITR Merchandise Pack, Circuit Club Track Day Voucher, and a Photoshoot Voucher from Daniel Karjadi.

A massive thanks to ClubITR, Circuit Club, Daniel Karjadi and Shakeel for donating prizes at this year’s Annual BBQ.

We’d like to thank Felix and Shak at ClubITR for organising an awesome Annual BBQ as they do each and every year, and everyone who gave us support throughout the day and throughout the year because we wouldn’t be here without all of you. We’ll see you next year!

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Matthew is the Company Secretary at Cars For Hope, taking care of things behind the scenes as well as writing, editing or photographing much of what appears on the website. He's an aspiring Mechanical Engineer, and is an avid photographer, cyclist and motorsports-watcher in his spare time. Check out Matthew's thoughts and adventures on his website.

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