2017: a New Year, a new location, and what a location! Downshift kicked the year off with hosting their first event at Samford Showgrounds. Situated in the beautiful Brisbane hinterlands, Samford was such a unreal venue! Beautiful rolling hills accompanied with green fields.. what is not to love about these picturesque grounds? I was definitely overwhelmed when I arrived and saw the place for the first time. Being a photographer, I could not have asked for a more appealing venue to capture the local car scene. Soon enough with the gates open, cars flooded through, ranging from JDM to Aussie Muscle. The streets of Samford were starting to fill up and the day was shaping up to be fantastic. Not only was the location tasty, the food was too, with queues of people waiting to get gourmet wood fired pizza, ice-cream and roasted nuts was nuts! This is what Liam Bugden and myself captured from the day.

Rowan’s bagged Infiniti was an eye catcher with those FORGE Wheels under the guards.

R34s are one of the most iconic Skylines, and these two V-SPECs were very clean. I ended up waiting 5 minutes to get a photo of the blue V-SPEC II as the crowds gathered near it were ridiculous!

You can never go past a clean Nissan, and these two caught our attention!

BRZs and 86s are becoming popular now, but it’s not everyday you see widebody or fully wrapped ones. Andrew’s wrapped 86 is easy on the eyes.

I haven’t seen Cody at recent Downshift events, although he made an appearance at Samford and I believe this was the first time he revealed his moulded widebody 86 at a DS meet.

I caught this old school Mazda wagon at the gate and had to get a snap of it! Nothing beats an older car in mint condition.

There was nothing I didn’t like about this Mazda 3 MPS, it looked good from every angle.

The Euros of Downshift were sitting pretty in the grass. Even Neil with his wonky number-plated Focus RS contrasted nicely.

This Alfa Romeo 4C caught my attention as I have never seen anything quite like it.

Talking about attention, Mr Stang had to stay away from crowds, as we all know what happens.

How about some Honda love? This EG caught Liam’s eye as he himself is a Honda owner and lover.

I wonder how this HSV ClubSport goes driving at night with that tint on the headlights. No denying it looks great though!

To end my Downshift coverage I ask you all to get A Grip of this. This evo is clean, and the crowds drew around this beauty. When standing around talking I witnessed 5 photographers shooting it at once.

Thanks to everyone at Downshift for hosting a well organised event, thank you to the show comers who brought their car down to display them. I had a great day meeting up with the people I only get to see at shows, it’s always good meeting new people and seeing familiar faces. If you have never been to a Downshift event before I strongly recommend you come to the next one at Beenleigh on the 16th Feb, the people you will meet at these events will remain your friends for life.

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