Did you ever play Need For Speed, where you would race against the Police? Well with a community event recently, you could do exactly that! Bring in “Beat The Blue”, an event which featured a unique opportunity for members of the public to ‘face-off’ against NSW Police Force Traffic and Highway Patrol Command officers in a safe and controlled environment, At the skidpan at Sydney Motorsport Park. There were well over 6000 spectators to the event which exceeded expectations! Both sides of the skidpan were packed with spectators of all ages, to witness the face-offs on the skidpan as well as a car show in the pits area of the track. With the combined earnings from Entrant fees, merchandise sales, donations and raffle ticket sales Beat The Blue raised $30,000 for NSW Police Legacy, supporting the families of fallen officers. Which is an amazing effort! With the little competition between the Highway Patrol V Competitors, it was ultimately Highway Patrol Command – NSW Police Force Drivers who took out a convincing 77 out of 98 wins in the community drive off. Everyone put on a great show for the crowd with some amazing driving on display. Even some a mock RBT in front of the crowd, which had everyone in stitches. Road safety demonstrations were also held throughout the event, designed to promote safe driving and break down barriers between police and the community. Toyota and Honda even help provide the brand new Toyota Supra and Honda NSX for not just display but to have a run on the skidpan too. Which would have been most peoples first real-life glimpse of the new sportscars. Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner Corboy said, “By participating in events like this, our officers build relationships with the community and help spread important road safety message so that we can reduce trauma on our roads. So far this year, more than 200 lives have been lost on NSW roads and, as always, we are calling on all road users to play their part and obey the road rules to make sure that everyone makes it to their destinations safely. “The event was the idea of Senior Constable Steven Planinic of the Fairfield Traffic and Highway Patrol. He said the aim of the event was to bring car enthusiasts and police together. “Beat the Blue is an opportunity for us as police to pass on the skills we learn as Highway Patrol Officers to members of the public in a safe and controlled environment. While police and the community will have the opportunity to go head to head with one another, this is not about going quick – it is about knowing the limits of your own driving skills and how your car performs.”Beat The Blue are in the planning stage already of next year’s event and working on making it even better for next year. So if you would like to have a go next year, Stay Tuned!