Event Coverage

July 14, 2012

Gold Rush Rally

Photographs by: Tony Nguyen

Gold Rush Rally – Atlanta Leg June 13-14 2012

The GoldRush Rally started in Los Angeles June 9th, 2012. They then headed out to Phoenix, Arizona and then on to Las Vegas for it’s fourth year in a row. While the teams were throwing it down in Vegas, the cars were transported to the first East Coast destination, Atlanta. This is where Driven Lifestyle Magazine was able to join in the fun. The rally participants will flew to Atlanta to reunite with their cars. The teams then traveled to Panama City’s white sandy beaches. The next morning they headed to Orlando and then finally to the last checkpoint in Miami.

The Atlanta Leg started at the W Hotel in Midtown – Atlanta, GA on 14th St. Here the rally-ers arrived one by one from Vegas, and other cities both domestic and international. The cars started to fill up a private parking deck. What a site that was to see. Nissan GTR’s, Ferrari’s, Lamborghini’s, Maserati’s, Rolls Royce’s, Bently’s, Porsche’s, BMW’s, Bugatti Veyrons -yes thats plural – Veyron(s) lol, and many other cars were in attendance. There was a drivers’ meeting and then they were off.

Atlanta Police Department had a motorcycle squad lead the Gold Rush Rally out of the parking deck and onto I-85 as they took off to the Atlanta Motorsports Park in Dawsonville, GA. Here the teams stretched out their legs as they laid the rubber down on a 6 week old track. First paraded by track instructors and then let off on their own the teams took their turns taking laps around the track. One of our insiders, Amanda Yu – of Atlanta, GA was having her first experience at a racetrack as well as riding along in cars that were designed for speed. This is what she had to say about the event. “It was very exciting to be able to experience how it feels to ride in one of these cars as they were intended to be driven and to do it at a place where they are able to show it off.” We were very proud of Amanda as we watched her suit up in one of Team AllStars for Sydney’s racing helmets and strapped in for what was later described as a roller coaster like event.

The cars then left as the temperatures rose. One by one they headed for Orlando, FL and we were left to watch and listen as the sounds of their exhausts permeated through the hillsides around the track. We hope to be able to cover this event again next year as they visit Atlanta and maybe even tag along for more legs.

What a truly extraordinary experience it was to be invited to cover the GoldRush Rally – Atlanta Leg. Driven Lifetyle Mag was linked to the event via Team AllStars for Sydney Slaughter. The husband and wife duo of Nico and Karen Figueroa in their Nissan GTR are close friends and team mates (www.TeamAllStars.com) to our very own, Tony Nguyen.
They were participating in the Gold Rush Rally while trying to promote the story of Sydney Slaughter. Sydney Slaughter is the daughter of Nico and Karen’s long time friends, Katrina and Kelley Slaughter. Sydney was born a healthy and normal girl, but as a young child she contracted a disease called Atypical-HUS and she requires a double (kidney & liver) transplant, as her own no longer properly function for her. She is 6 years old. Kelley is an active duty Naval Officer and has dedicated over 14 years to the service of this country; unfortunately, even the benefit of medical care from the military does not cover the cost of these crucial surgeries for Sydney. In short, there is an additional $60,000 associated with this procedure, again, all of which is not covered by military health care.

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About the Author

Tony Nguyen
As the main feature photographer for Driven Lifestyle Magazine, Tony grew up around the automotive industry. Since 7 years old, he has been wrenching on cars and learning every aspect that he can of the business, always wanting to learn how to do things on his own. Tony has been industry involved as a salesman, manager, installer, fabricator, and at one point even owned and operated his own modification, sales, and consulting business. He believes that a large part of who you are is inspired by those who you surround yourself with. He is very grateful for all of those people who are in his life and credit them to the successes and learning experiences that he has encountered. More recently he has found himself living behind a lens, a camera lens; always having the passion of capturing the lifestyle that revolves around everything that makes us move. In his own words, “Be on the lookout for the Asian dude behind the lens with Driven Lifestyle embroidered on his shirt, as chances are your images are being captured so that we can share with the world what the lifestyle is all about.” Not only will Tony be handling most of the feature photography, but he will also be assisting in marketing and social networking for Driven Lifestyle Magazine.

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