As I'm sure all of you know, the 17th of August is the independence day of Indonesia. As the younger and new generation of Indonesia, we owe our freedom to the heroes that had fought against the colony that had invaded our country for such a long time. So, to show our appreciation to the brave men and women that had fought with their blood, sweat, and tears, we have arranged a charity event to help the forgotten and unsung heroes.
Our event took place on August 18th last Sunday. The rendezvous point was at Epicentrum in Kuningan, our warriors of pistons and horsepower gathered together before we set off for our mission to help our past heroes.
Before the start of any event, Speed Creed always has a briefing session (ending in prayer) to make sure everything goes as planned, as well as reviewing the strict safety guidelines, route, and other relevant information.
Our army for the charity event consisted of many soldiers armed with different weapons. The BMW M5 had a massive 5.0L V10, while the Nissan GT-R had a considerably smaller 3.5L V6 but it has two turbochargers, so it will still put up a fight and keep up with M5. We also had 4-cylinder turbo boxer engines, naturally aspirated V6, V8, and even a a V12. You could only imagine the soundtrack.
This old timer here is also a part of our army. The F355 might be old but this car still packs a mighty punch. Unlike it's successor, the 355 doesn't have any sexy curves or any front wings made out of carbon fiber, but this is one hell of a good looking car.
If you think that the BMW M3 is too hardcore and too harsh, you might as well choose this BMW 335i, a more relaxed convertible 3-series with a V6 and a folding metal roof, so you could feel the wind brushing through you hair. But don't think it's a slug, it still has about 300 horsepower, and that is still a lot.
These pocket monsters have the same color but different breeds - which one would you choose?
At precisely 06.30, we set off for a run around Jakarta, riding towards our Alam Sutera as the ending point. We were fully equipped with a 562 horsepower from the 4.5L V8 on the Ferrari 458, and also a 640 horsepower from the 6.5L V12 in the Murcielago. Even the Ferrari F355 decided to join us at this mission, bringing it's meaty 3.5L V8. Nothing is gonna stand in the way of this parade of power and speed.
Look at that Murcielago with it's air intake opened up to suck in all the air to cool down that massive V12 engine. The Murcielago looks like it's creeping up behind the Ferrari and it's going to eat it for breakfast.
These two are some of the most aggressive hatchbacks you could buy in the market today. The Scirocco R is definitely doing the run with more style, but the JCW Cooper is no slug. These 4-cylinders fighters can be very very quick, provided they're in the right hands.
Storm the gate!
While everyone else had a quiet, peaceful flag ceremony, our flag ceremony was a bit... different. It was loud, with many horsepower and wheels. And our flag was made out of sportscars, Indonesian flag Speed Creed style!
As we got near our destination which is Zoom Palace at Flavor Bliss, Alam Sutera, we had some new companions from HDCI (Harley Davidson Club Indonesia), Harley Owners' Group (HOG) and BROSER (Brothers and Sisters of Serpong) joining our cruise around the complex.
Soon enough, we've arrived at Flavor Bliss along with the Harley clubs, and we arranged our cars to the Indonesian flag red-white formation.
To kick off the indoor event, the Merdeka Run
video from 2012 was displayed - the crowd went silent and cheered MERDEKA in spirit of our independence when finished. A true testament to the national pride embedded within all the participants who gathered that day!
After we had breakfast, the Yayasan Sahabat Veteran
gave a speech opening our charity event, and the charity event began.
As members and participants gathered to give their donations, Lt. Col. JM Pandjaitan - a true veteran himself - pinned a special recognition to those who donated to the cause. Here you can see the president of MOCI, Pak Sonny, and a Harley owner being awarded for their appreciated contribution.
Our media team (as usual) is always busy taking good pictures and video shots everytime we get the chance, especially when there's this rare American muscle car, the Shelby GT500. This 500 horsepower supercharged V8 super snake is usually kept back in it's cage by the owner, so seeing this scary beast out on the roads is a very rare view.
This is probably the hardest decision ever. 3 red cars, all are very tempting in their own ways. The Abarth is probably the most unique small performance hatchback there is, but the Novitec Ferrari 458 sure shows some muscles. But when it comes to muscle, nothing beats the Shelby GT500 that's been going to the gym 5 days a week for God knows how many years.
The Pride of '45 is one of our most interesting events yet, considering the variety of cars that came. We sure hope that our donation would help the forgotten heroes who had fought hard for our independence. To the heroes who fought for our independence, we salute you! We will not forget what you have done for this country.
Photos by; Kyle Fletcher, Reza Anom, Yashoa Yanda
Words by; Hafizh Pratama