If you are into pre 1965 classic cars/bikes and have a need for speed, You probably already know about CHOPPED. But if you aren’t or don’t, Here’s a little insight as to what goes down every year at the little town of Newstead, Central Victoria.

Pearly Gates: With a line 2km long in the morning, it was good to get there the night before and set up camp.

The event was created based on period correct cars and they hold dirt drags and speedway events in a grudge match formation. so the only winner is between you and your mates. It is a really laid back environment with no schedules and non stop bands playing the entire weekend, 25 bands to be exact. The weather was favorable for camping with blue skies all weekend, even the dust from the track had a light breeze away from the main area.

Focused on a 3 day camping experience for most, the tracks close at 5pm and you get your best party shirt on for the night ahead. Opening the evening they had a bloke jumping through a ring of fire and the campsite would come alive with bands playing on backs of pickup trucks. The main stage and tiki bar was the pilgrimage up from the campsite to get a feed and let the good times roll…. and they did.

Our campsite for the night.

Who doesn't like a combi van?!

Who doesn’t like a combi van?!

Heading home I spotted a few nice cars cruising along.

Heading home I spotted a few nice cars cruising along.

The smart ones cruised around.

The smart ones cruised around.

No shortage of people having a crack at not getting bogged... literally.

No shortage of people having a crack at not getting bogged… literally.

A slightly rowdy crowd.

A slightly rowdy crowd.

These guys were so hammered, one even popped his collarbone.

These guys were so hammered, one even popped his collarbone.

Wasn't dirty enough after the first run so he hit it again.

Wasn’t dirty enough after the first run so he hit it again.

So this bloke made some quality entertainment by hitting a big puddle in the middle of camp.... It turned out to be run off water from the shower and toilets !

So this bloke made some quality entertainment by hitting a big puddle in the middle of camp…. It turned out to be run off water from the shower and toilets !

Helmets aren't mandatory but why not when you look cool.

Helmets aren’t mandatory but why not when you look cool.

HRLASS put on an awesome show drifting all the way dow the straight track.

HRLASS put on an awesome show drifting all the way dow the straight track.

Hit the gas pedal just right and you got a race!

Hit the gas pedal just right and you got a race!

Hit the gas peal too hard and you're not gonna move... but it does look cool.

Hit the gas peal too hard and you’re not gonna move… but it does look cool.

Camp life. It got rowdy after hours and thats why so many people attend.

Camp life. It got rowdy after hours and thats why so many people attend.

This Chev powered Ford spinner loves to bash the limiter all day long.

This Chev powered Ford spinner loves to bash the limiter all day long.

HRLASS also spent a bit of the weekend cooling down in the paddock.

HRLASS also spent a bit of the weekend cooling down in the paddock.

When my hands drop... you go!

When my hands drop… you go!

Pin it to win it.

Pin it to win it.

Ring of fire! was rad.

Ring of fire! was rad.

The couch potato. awesome mode of transport to the bar.

The couch potato. awesome mode of transport to the bar.

Don't worry it's not really on fire.

Don’t worry it’s not really on fire.

Grudge match racing was good for everyone involved.

Grudge match racing was good for everyone involved.

Even the bikers weren't afraid to give their bikes a thrash on the dirt strip.

Even the bikers weren’t afraid to give their bikes a thrash on the dirt strip.

Got the need, for speed... nation!

Got the need, for speed… nation!

RATS65 blown methanol snorting drag car gave the crowd a show until an unfortunate mishap rolling 4 times. Driver and passenger were fine.

RATS65 blown methanol snorting drag car gave the crowd a show until an unfortunate mishap rolling 4 times. Driver and passenger were fine.

Ready to race!

Ready to race!

This was my lift for the weekend  , Ryan Papavs bagged 1964 Ford Mercury was faultless all weekend.

This was my lift for the weekend , Ryan Papavs bagged 1964 Ford Mercury was faultless all weekend.

Sunrise and waiting for them gates to open.

Sunrise and waiting for them gates to open.