April 30, 2008
HEY SHORTY, LETS GET SPORTTYYYY….~
My very late but super scrumptous 5 course dinner at the VIP tables. The food was excellent! Devouring the dishes while watching the guys throw punches was strangely satisfying (thanks to Riaz & Agri)
The Championship round was down to an Australian & Thai contestant.
I didn’t follow the reality tv programme (I don’t watch much tv nowadays!), so was sitting on the fence as to who to support. In the end, we cheered for the Thai guy. Firstly, because the sport is Muay THAI, and secondly, ASIAN PRIDE!!!!
Yup, he won
I was a lil disappointed because I did not see any bloodshed. Like in the movie Ong Bak. That makes it more exciting doesn’t it? Fine, call me sadistic!
Actually on the other hand, the softer side of me feels a sort of irksome dread when I see the guys getting hit hard. OUCH.
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At the Changi Exhibiton Centre
Colorful umbrellas dotting the place.
Baked alive at the Grand Stands! Which had less than ideal views of the track btw. Bad planning.
A snippet of hot smokinn’ action I caught down on video~
Drifting. . . .
. . .is really nothing new. If your car’s rear end has ever swung around on a wet road, and you’ve struggled for 50 feet to get control, you’ve drifted! Even in car racing, drifting is pretty old hat. When race car drivers go around a turn at high speed, especially in the early days of racing when tires didn’t have the grip they do now, the back end would sometimes swing out. The car would either spin out or the driver would recover from the drift and keep moving.
What’s relatively new is the advent of drifting as a sport in its own right.
Modern drifting started out as a racing technique popular in the All Japan Touring Car Championship races over 30 years ago. Motorcycling legend turned driver, Kunimitsu Takahashi, was the foremost creator of drifting techniques in the 1970s. He was famous for hitting the apex (the point where the car is closest to the inside of a turn) at high speed and then drifting through the corner, preserving a high exit speed. This earned him several championships and a legion of fans who enjoyed the spectacle of burning tires. The bias ply racing tires of the 1960s-1980s lent themselves to driving styles with a high slip angle. As professional racers in Japan drove this way, so did the street racers.
A street racer named Keiichi Tsuchiya became particularly interested by Takahashi’s drift techniques. Tsuchiya began practicing his drifting skills on the mountain roads of Japan, and quickly gained a reputation amongst the racing crowd. In 1987, several popular car magazines and tuning garages agreed to produce a video of Tsuchiya’s drifting skills. The video, known as Pluspy, became a hit and inspired many of the professional drifting drivers on the circuits today.
Thus “drift racing” was born on the winding mountain roads of Japan in the 1990s, and it has been spreading to the other parts of the world for the last five years or so. A simple drift has a car moving sideways through a single turn, but it can get much more complex than that. At the pro level, drivers can drift through several opposing turns without their wheels ever gripping the road. That’s where the winding mountain roads come in — aside from the death factor, mountain roads are ideal drifting courses. The multiple, tight, S-type turn configurations allow drivers to display the most advanced drifting skills.
Anyway, when we had enough and wanted to leave, we were reminded of the long distance we had to walk in the sweltering heat.
So what did we do? We hired 2 limousine cabs to ferry us back to the carpark!
BTW, I have great news! The Singapore government is building a permanent race track on a 20-hectare site at Changi! The beautiful seafront view, and longish sides of the site which could yield a track 2.8-3.5km long with possibly one of the longest straights in Asia, would be its unique selling points. The track should be able to seat at least 15,000 spectators and would be a Grade 2 FIA-approved track circuit that could host any type of motor race except Formula 1.
There would also be a Grade 1 karting track – the only such track in South- east Asia.
At least three international races and two national series a year will be held there, as well as other motor sports events and exhibitions. In addition, a motor racing and advanced driving school will be set up.
Who wants to enrol with me??
To end off, my fave shot of the day: