9tro: How did Rotorhead SG get started?
Rotorhead SG: Rotorhead SG (RHSG) is an exclusive club for passionate Mazda RX8s and RX7s enthusiasts. The club was formed on 18th January 2013 by Dave, Melvin and Dexter and has since grown to 100 members. This group consists of both past and present rotary owners. The founders believe in admitting members who possess the rotary ride, regardless of their age.
9tro: How was this 2019 Meet for you guys?
Rotorhead SG: It was the best-organised event so far, the whole experience was indeed awesome. However, the course of true love for RX8s never did run smooth. A storm was forecasted for 31st March but the bad weather could not hinder our enthusiasm. 30 RX8s were needed for the formation but some cars faced mechanical failures near the event. - The highlight of our meet was our ‘Super 8’ formation, as with the Mazda RX8 and RX7 are no longer in production and many of our members’ RX8s are due for scrap or export. Some of us have renewed our Certificate of Entitlement with 42 present owners in our group. In hopes of showing our undying support and dedication to other Rotary clubs worldwide, Dex, one of the three founders who still drives an RX8, digitally modeled and composed the ‘Super 8’ formation as a memento for the perishing ride in Singapore.
The formation’s measurements were carefully assessed by Dex’s formation crew (Huat and Kelvin) to ensure arrangement precision and ease of the cars on the day. It was a great work of art and our members loved it. We have uploaded the incredible time-lapse sequence of the ‘Super 8’ formation on our YouTube page, for those who are interested in watching the painstaking formation process by Jake Wang. The group appreciates the effort that went behind the scenes and RHSG would like to express our gratitude to all who made the event a resounding success – the brotherhood and bond we have that brought members together to make this event happen - our members from Rotorhead SG and RX8 Club Msia, Danny for our collateral poster design, Photography and Drone Team (Steven Khoo and Wafie), Event Team (Eric Lim, Kailing, Lobang, Fairi, Nic, Irwin, Jan).
RX8 Club Msia members Soon and Ong who helped publicize the event across national boundaries, spreading the word to their rotary family, RX8 Club Msia members Soon and Thor for participating in this colossal event and our official media 9tro. In addition, we would like to thank and congratulate Mr. Raymond Lee for holding his soft launch opening of Ray Motorsports in conjunction with our meet up. Thank you for supporting this momentous event. We made rotary history!
9tro: What are the future plans for the club?
Rotorhead SG: RHSG holds regular gatherings and has organised several activities to maintain camaraderie. This event is one of the largest-scaled by far, apart from the RHSG RX8 SG50 Event held in 2015. We look forward to organising more annual events with activities like drive up trips, go-karting, track days and charity drives.
9tro: Any last words for people who are driving RX-8 and not in the club but might want to join you guys?
Rotorhead SG: RotorHead SG welcomes Rotary Owners & Fans to share knowledge, experiences, and improvements to our rides. The existence of these exquisite ride will live on through our passion. We also have a Rotorhead SG Facebook group to link up with the community and an RHSG group chat to keep in touch on a regular basis. Our community encourages to help one another when a dire situation arises.
Though the inner workings of the rotary engine may be shrouded in mystery to the general public, with proper care and maintenance, the rotary engine can be lasting. New members are more than welcome to mix and mingle with like-minded people with a shared interest, the rare breed of people who loves the rotary engine.