Todd Kelly, a big fan of the hip-hop group The Hilltop Hoods, was excited to take emcee Pressure and DJ Debris for some hot laps around the Adelaide street circuit, shortly before the pair were to join fellow band member Suffa on-stage in the Friday evening concert at the Clipsal 500.
The ARIA-award winning group, who have two previous Australian number one albums to their credit, are also keen motor sport fans and were understandably thrilled following their rides. The Funkoars, Lowrider and The Midnight Juggernauts also played on the night, with thousands of fans packing out the Clipsal track in anticipation of one spectacular event. Punters were not disappointed, the sound was ear deafening, (at least a 20 dB louder than the AC/DC), the crowd was pumped and The Hoods were set to deliver….
…And deliver they did.
The guys played all their classics from Nosebleed Section to Still Standing and everything in between, the guys even threw in some snippets of Biggie Smalls! This was the last chance for fans to catch The Hoods live, before the delve head first in to an upcoming DVD release and also their next album.
Here is what the Hilltop Hoods had to say about going for a ride with Todd Kelly…
Baz – DJ Debris:
“It was exhilarating. Just crazy. I think it was the braking that thrilled me more than the actual speed.
“You’re going pretty quick and you see a corner and go ‘argh!’
“I didn’t really get to look around much. I was kind of focused straight ahead. It’s amazing to do that in my home town for the first time.”
Dan – Emcee Pressure:
“It was amazing. I didn’t realise what a bad driver I am!”
“It’s quite a different experience. You don’t realise how powerful they are and how skilled the drivers are until you get in that seat.
“I think I need to trade in my car. I’m in awe of the event. Clipsal is a full on-event and it’s always been well-spoken about.
“They put on such a massive event. It’s awesome.
Todd Kelly – #7 Jack Daniel’s Racing Holden Commodore:
“That was cool,” said Todd Kelly.
“That’s one of the benefits of doing what we do. You get to do some pretty cool stuff.
“I’m a big fan and I’ve got all their songs on my iPod. I went and saw them when they played at Bathurst, so to take them for a ride in my Jack Daniel’s Commodore was just awesome. I hope they enjoyed it.”