All That Glitters Is Gold
Striking Gold

It’s rare to see a supercar cruising through your city, let alone a few, but imagine I told you could see 80. Yes America’s capital, that is exactly what happened yesterday afternoon – the goldRush Rally rolled into your town.

If you don’t know, the annual goldRush is an automotive event that hits the hottest cities in the US with extreme driving, luxurious hotel crashing and the wildest, most memorable parties, ever. The majority of participants started their journey in Las Vegas with stops in Park City, Denver, Chicago (via a flight with their cars no less) continuing on to Cleveland and now Washington DC. Today, they’ll finally make their way to my city, NYC!

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We had to get to a taste of the action, but before Rod and I could document the experience of following the last leg of ‘GR6′ from DC to NYC, we had to find the perfect car for it. We called our friends at Air Lift Performance who were able to introduce us to D2 IND and their Nissan R35 GT-R with the works. It was exactly what we needed. This car was happy to see me and enjoyed our leisurely ride to DC with the beautiful scenery. But little did it know the VIP treatment we had in store for it in meeting the in-crowd of the gold-blooded, nor the ‘spirited’ driving it was going to see on its way back to the Big Apple.

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We couldn’t arrive at the party without cleaning this beauty though, so we called on one of DC’s finest to help us out. We located Mr. Car Wash on 13th Street downtown and met Earl Risby. He took quite a liking to our secret weapon for washing and detailing, so we even left some Kleers product behind for him to use on some lucky locals’ cars.

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Unlike most of the others on the Speedhunters team I’m new to using the Kleers products, but as Earl put it, “Ohhh weee, that’s some nice stuff!” I must agree. The Wheel Cleaner was my favorite and most satisfying to use. Just look at the power behind that spray! I’m sure those Strasse wheels have never felt better.

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There’s a certain feeling a freshly cleaned car gives you, and with the GT-R shined up to perfection, both Rod and I were ready for the goldRush!

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We arrived at the Mandarin Oriental hotel before the group so we could check out where all the supercars were going to spend the night. Of course, that provided the perfect opportunity to hit the AutoPilot V2 controller and let the Air Lift suspension sink the GT-R to the ground.

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Did anyone say our car is bare? Just wait – the stickers are coming. Consider this aspect ‘to be continued’…

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The first car to arrive quite appropriately sported red, white and blue as it rolled up the hill with the Capitol Building in the background. By this time the crowd in front of the hotel had grown considerably and was becoming more excited. Would those in the audience get to see the car of their dreams or the drivers they follow on Instagram arrive? Some had been waiting for hours in the 75-degree farenheight temperature. The reception the motorcade received told me that it was all worthwhile.

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Crowd control was in full effect with the blockades separating tens of thousands of horsepower and tens of millions of dollars of mostly-exotic automobiles from the barrage of fans who had showed up to support and experience this parade of the loudest and proudest supercar owners. I’m sure that the hotel’s Wi-Fi would have barely been able to handle the uploads.

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Team Salamone did not disappoint either – Conc from the #1 the chrome-wrapped Verde Scandal Lamborghini wearing a coordinating leopard print one-piece number and happy to talk with, and entertains fans. We’re looking forward to team’s fashion choice for the final day of this eccentric rally.

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Amidst the mayhem we were stopped by two local Speedhunters readers, and after a quick chat we armed them with some SH EDTN gear. It’s always great to meet people around the world that visit the site on a daily basis.

Night Moves
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After the festivities ended, one by one the cars entered the parking complex. SLS, Phantom, Gallardo, 458, GT-R, Aventador, Carerra GT and even a MINI Cooper. It’s hard to pick a favorite in this bunch. All of the cars and characters in this rally are interesting and have a story or two to go along with them.

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Supercar sounds echoed through the concrete structure as the machines crept into their parking spots to retire for the evening. As is the case every night during this event, there’ll be a few stories shared between owners while they’re out playing in the city. Most will continue on until the wee hours of the morning and grab (or not) just a little bit of sleep before the driver meeting at 7.00am sharp.

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Pace car? Yes, this BMW X6 was the pace car of all pace cars, and besides being an M model had police lights and sirens too. I only thought they made toys like this?! In all reality though, this is just a grown up’s toy, and if they want to play, I say enjoy!

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On the other end of the value scale this crisp matte white Rolls-Royce sat underneath atmospheric lighting just waiting for us to snap a shot. Parked next to our GT-R and several other cars wearing police livery, it was in good company.

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A few lucky fans were even allowed to come into meet Debbie and her Batventador. We’ve been following the story of this machine on the interwebs for many months, but the real life experience was just so much more mind blowing.

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I thought decorating the GT-R would never come, but after seeing another car in the distance getting the treatment from the goldRush staff, sticker time had almost arrived. It worked out well too, as our own IAMTHESPEEDHUNTER stickers still needed to be applied.

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The location of where they should be stuck sparked a debate between Rod and I, but as you can tell from the above shot – I won! The end result looks amazing if I do say so myself. We were almost ready to call it a night but the final decals still needed to be applied.

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At last, Johnson from the goldRush crew was ready to officially induct our GT-R into the rally by dressing it up with the sponsors’ decals. We were now ready!

But are you? If you’re in NYC today (Saturday June 7), meet us with the GR6 teams and crew at 380 Bleecker Street from around 2.00pm. We’re looking forward to seeing some of you there!

Elizabeth White
Instagram: itswhitenoise

Photos by Rod Chong
Instagram: speedhunters_rod
Twitter: @rodbotchong

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I think we can all agree that the Gumball 3000 is still the best big, exotic car rally thing in the world though. But I'm bummed that I didn't know they were meant to be in Cleveland the last couple days.

On another note, is that GTR running Michigan tags? I've seen photos of a GTR on air at car shows before, plus their with Air Lift, so I'm assuming it is from Michigan.


So sick!!!!! That GTR is badass, see you guys this afternoon!!


EricSeanDelaney Team Galag brought a brand new McLaren P1 and there is also an F40 in the mix. I vote Gumball too, brother!!! But I got to admit that GoldRush has an eclectic line up of supercars as illustrated in this post. I am digging the Batventador with Nemo on the windshield. Cool stuff.


Check out my Instagram page @davidmullis and for more images of the Team 1st Phorm Liberty Walk Aventador & RENNtech SLS AMG! Will be doing a full shoot at the 1st Phorm headquarters as soon as they return.


David Mullis  That's whats up showing andy and chris some love. So awesome seeing how far they have come and to see them living the life they dreamed of, also a pleasure seeing a stl based team in the rally!


Solid writeup, wish I was in the apple this weekend!


great write up !!!!!


People put AirLift on anything these days huh?


@TROLLS ROYCE EricSeanDelaney I know about that P1!! I was so bummed I couldn't make it. And the GoldRush does look pretty sweet, any group of people who drive super cars long distances are awesome in my book.


Hey! Im Chris Racer with the red mustang, i was wearing the Speedhunters camera strap!


Congratulations on a great article. Made me think I was there. Too cool


No the GTR is from IL not Michigan. We had Airlift outfit our GTR with the suspension, before we gave it to Speedhunters to enjoy it during the Gold rush


This rally looks CRAZY...I've been following the teams on Instagram. #Rolice


Felt like I was in the right seat besides ya!  Nice write up and pix!


veecee8 Thanks, just wait for the next article! It will cover our experience of the driving portion of the Rally from DC through Amish Country and into NYC.


ATLshine This group is really creative, especially with the team names- Team Golden Dynasty, Team Iron Patriot, Team FeRAWri, Team Zombie Hunter, and maybe not the most original but truth Team Coors Light.


ChrisRacer1 It was great meeting you in DC!. Send us a photo of your Mustang parked downstairs with the Rally cars.


ZeusEdwards Thank you Zeus, I like reading your feedback on all the articles.


Jrfedor Its definitely something to put on your calendar for next year!


David Mullis I am still impressed by Team 1st Phorm and their trucks. I live in the city and it takes a lot to make a statement...but there is no question they did! 

I checked out your facebook page. Looking forward to seeing the images from the full shoot.


D2IND Derick Big Thanks to D2 IND and Airlift Performance!


I meet the group with my little Abarth in "Amish Country". It was awesome dipping through traffic with you. I have the pictures of you coming and going while I was trying to keep up. Still smile when think about it


Hey great write up! This is the guy from the picture with his girl. Thanks again Rod and Elizabeth for the picture and spotlight! I'll get that instagram picture with the stickers to y'all tonight or tomorrow!


Hello Philip--Great meeting you! Looking forward to checking out your photos on Instagram. Come say hi to us at the next event!


Amish country was crazy driving a group of supercars through horse drawn carriages. I'm still smiling as well!


itswhitenoise ChrisRacer1 I will!


Great right up and thank you for the cover! We had a great time on GoldRush! Team We Rule!!!