Text by : Ray Ng, Photos by : Tecky
The MPT Group brought back the drag race that was once part of Singapore’s motor racing history. As Singapore is land scarce, the race is actually being held within a parking lot, and the drag strip is only 180 metres long. There are actually many other viable venue alternatives like the Changi Exhibition Centre, F1 Pit Centre, or even closing half a section of a long straight public road.
Nevertheless, despite having such a short drag strip did not dishearten hopefuls from signing up and putting pedal to the metal to put up a good show. The cars that took part in the first round shown here in August varied vastly, from EG6s, to even an Ariel Atom, and also the new Mclaren MP4-12C.
Ready to race.
Other attractions of the day other than the drag race was a race queen competition, which has been rather the norm for car exhibitions or events held locally, to satisfy the many photographers that swarm like bees edging for a picture of a girl. Somehow or rather there seemed to be more photographers getting shots of the race queens rather than the cars on display or participating in the race which seemed a pity to me. (Unlike seen at our Alliance Meet here.)
Some of the competitors of the race queen contest.
Not to forget there are a handful of exhibitors promoting car vinyl wrapping services, and even some dodgy bolt-on accessories said to “improve fuel economy and power” much like the idea of putting moth balls into your fuel tank. Some weird contraptions came in the form of some resonator into a vacuum hose on the intake manifold.
No expense spared.
Still a popular platform to begin with today.
As you see, we have many motoring enthusiasts in Singapore. Many of us, however, take our racing to nearby Malaysia, where there’s proper racetracks (despite being shoddily paved the one nearest to us), but still provides plenty of fun. That’s the problem in land scarce Singapore, not forgetting exorbitant 10 year valid registration papers here worth around USD$70,000 (excluding car price) as we speak. For the same amount of land space, a developer would rather erect a golf course because it proves more profitable and a safer business undertaking than building a race track for us.
Participant from neighbouring Malaysia.
At the makeshift paddock.
Seems like everything is at stakes here.
That doesn’t mean we do not have car races here. We have Formula 1, that fancies much of the aristocrats here, and unlike the support races in Malaysia’s Formula 1 where they have a clubman support race, our support races are nothing of that grassroots level racing. The next closest thing to “racing” came in the form of a push kart race that made us all go LOL.
Maybe, that’s the answer why we have a 180 metre drag race here. While the government may seem to encourage motorsports, it will only fit the well bred citizens. The stance being taken has become so clear that makes such events more fun than just being a spectator event like Formula 1. You’ll get to see mechanics in action, all the race there is happens right before your eyes, and for free too.
All trying to get a good view.
Being free come at a price, though the parking lots are being reserved by the event organisers, the parking wardens (I wonder why someone would sign up for a job that gets cursed at daily) came to issue summons on spectators’ cars.
Approximately USD$20 fine for non display of parking coupons.
Poor souls get cursed almost everyday on the job.
A short argument ensued between the wardens and spectators, where soon after the wardens disappeared having their summons issued and pushing any expecting disputes to their parent company.
Most of the spectators are supporters of the teams competing.
If you’re interesting in heading down the MPT Supersprint Round 2 at Kallang Leisurepark, it will be held on Saturday, 17th November, and open to the general public. Don’t forget your parking coupons!
NA versus Turbo. Always great to watch!