A friend of ours just created a company called the Optimist Group which will specialize in promotions of upscale events that merge music, visual art, fashion, performance, theater and other special interests.
We got a call a few weeks ago regarding a mini cannon ball run/ mystery event that they were putting together called RUN. Naturally, we chose to support a great cause and decided to join in on the rally from Malibu to San Diego. The flyer for the event is below. Given this was the first RUN rally, our buddy invited a close group of friends to participate and give feedback, with the intent to duplicate the event on a bigger scale in the near future.
We were planning on taking the AMU S2000 to do some canyon carving but due to some recent upgrades (stay tuned), the car wasn’t ready in time for the rally. Instead, we rolled in a Firestorm FR-S equipped with a TRD Exhaust system and a BRZ styled rear lip spoiler. We had a blast taking corners in the FR-S and it was definitely a great substitute for the S2K.
Back to the rally: Most cannonball runs have multiple checkpoints on the way to the final destination, but this rally had a twist involving a murder mystery. Since we all planned to watch the new Fast & Furious movie while in San Diego, our buddy incorporated characters from the movie along with elements from other movies like “Drive” and “Transporter” to create the story line. Each driver was given a role or character and was tasked to find out who the traitor was amongst the group. Each team was also given a packet filled with clues that would lead us to the next checkpoint and give us more information about the murder as we continued our journey.
Lastly, we were tasked to find and photograph certain landmarks and automobiles along our journey as bonus points. The team that reached all of checkpoints first, solved the mystery and completed all the bonus tasks won the rally. Granted we are “AutoMobile Uploads”, we had no problem spotting and capturing the rarest automotive finds on our journey to SD.
When we pulled up to the McLaren store, we spotted a Mercedes/McLaren SLR and a dope Porsche Panamera Turbo.The Ferrari store also carries their Maserati line, so visiting the store was a double treat.
To our surprise, the AMU team was able to obtain the most bonus points and we managed to secure a 1st place win. We were awarded with an official Wheelman Trophy along with various car care items, DVD’s etc. We were just happy to have been included in the testing phases of what will soon be a massive event, but we were especially happy to get some bragging rights.
Below are a few more pictures from the event. After you check them out, make sure you like The Optimist Group on Facebook to stay up to date on upcoming lifestyle and automotive events.
And as always, thanks for reading.