Why, welcome to TheRightWrong.net. While you were reading this, there are plans underway for photo features of eye candy cars from Singapore and the rest of Asia. My name is Ray, and I drive a humble EK4 hatch. This may be a lengthy picture filled post, but that’s what a first introduction should be about. Cars like mine are the typical boyracer’s choice of equipment, but sadly we’ve roughly around 20 or so EK hatches left in this country, due to 10 year lifespan certificate on cars (renewable) at roughly USD$40,000 to $60,000 for that piece of paper. It’s not like you can import a used car in here and get it registered, it has to be less than 3 years old for that to be done.
The month of August marks a solemn month for many car owners in Singapore, as the Civic EG model and many Silvia S15s’ COE is ending, and many of which appeared before the grim reaper at the scrapyards. I used to own a DelSol, and I miss it very much.
Nonetheless, life still goes on, always browsing through foreign forums and magazines for ideas and I have always like the look of the EKs from the States, sporting roll cages (illegal here), K-series swaps (B-series is less obvious but still illegal), and flushed stance.
Wrong fitment crew much? Everybody has different tastes in mind, and to some styling a RX8 to the likes of a Reventon may be eye candy, but to some it might not. Purists would cry foul at the sight of such a car, but you have to give that guy who created a mould some credit for his workmanship nonetheless, as beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.
We love our cars slammed and low, but even what seems to be the world’s sixth longest underground road is totally ruined with uneven lanes and bumps, (maybe thanks to lowering cost of production) and roads like Japan being friendly to low riding cars can only happen somewhere in our dreams. Most of us here have a common mindset doing up our cars, what may be right may be wrong to others. Is the wrong really right, or is it not?
Domo-kun has no issues actually. Law enforcement here is tight, but is it for the right cause? I was involved in a bike accident involving a jaywalking pedestrian, and after having my licenses suspended for 3 months, slapped with a fine, a total loss bike and a punctured lung, 3 chipped teeth and only to receive a letter from the Traffic Police Department the day after that it ruled the case in my favour, but I still have to bear a certain amount of responsibility.
How about any form of modification? Everything is strict here, and roll cages meant to protect the structural integrity of a car are frowned upon as the excuse may be that the other party involved in the accident would suffer greater damages. Well, if you ask me, who cares? It’s like a choice between an open faced helmet or a full faced helmet for a biker.
Space here in Singapore is scarce, and how I wished I had a garage at home where I could slowly build my car up, and get my hands dirty while learning more in depth about it. I worked at a local car work shop at a mere USD$500 a month allowance before my degree started in January. I always ask my passengers, would they freak out knowing that I build my car up from the chassis, well, it’s my way or the highway.
The scarcity of space in Singapore means we have to bring our racing to neighbouring Malaysia. Most races that our local car garages take part in are held in Sepang, the next big one being the Merdeka Millennium 12 hour endurance race. Last year I was at the same venue for the 8 hour Sepang 1,000km race and we achieved 4th place overall just a spot behind ST Powered. Well that influenced me to get myself an EK hatch right after having built a race proven one.
The culture of motor racing in Singapore is far different, for example like Japan, where you see different garages discussing about their different car set ups, and exchanging ideas with each other. In Singapore, the mentality is “why should I teach you how I form my ricebowl”? Or basically car groups here are the typical “cars of a kind flock together”, something you would not see at an Import Alliance meet in the States.
To sum up, this short little introduction of myself, I personally feel that as car lovers we share similar mindsets and I guess it must be that Asian blood that is causing such bad blood among businesses and consumers alike. Hopefully this site would be able to lessen the disparity between everyone, while bringing you readers the best car photo features, with no discrimination with relation to advertising.
Well, what may be wrong may actually be right.