Sunday, September 28, 2008

Singapore F1 Night Race

A teaser for the title... this should appropriately be titled Singapore Bako F1 Night Race instead

My mechanic-kakimotor friend summoned me to join him for a 'nocturnal drive' to Bako causeway ~ a popular hangout & 'test-strip' for the local street racers. It seems that the recent petrol price reduction by RM0.10 in effect has got a lot of petrol heads eager to rev their engines all night long, again; the gallery stretching across the main causeway was already quite filled with enthusiast & spectators alike by the time we reached. Spotted in action ~ a convoy of very fast EF VTEC monsters, a DC5, an EVO3 & EVO7, & plenty boosted K-cars & kereta nasional. Pick your battle well & know your own capabilities; if you're you're a middle-weight class (i.e. 1.6 VTEC NA), you don't pick a fight with a heavy weight (i.e a big bad boosted EVO packing over 300hp) ~ pick someone you're own size. Occasionally though, i do see some cars getting upstaged by lesser/older cars which, can be very siah-soi.. So i choose to watch only. *i have no confidence pushing the limit with my relatively bald tires & braking capabilities*

3 generations of Civics (with VTEC heart transplants):

Big brother AK Civic ~ 3rd generation; this car is freaking fast for a 1.6 NA. & obscenely loud too. Fully loaded VTEC engine & undoubtedly the fastest among us

2nd brother EF Civic ~ 4th generation; also a highly respected old school Honda; VTEC + lightweight chassis makes a very potent machine

little brother EG Civic ~ 5th generation; my humble ride is the heaviest & probably the slowest among the lot

I dig the subtle Mugen wing on the AK ~ a very tasteful aesthetic touch. They're all JDM purists when it comes to style. Mine still ranks as the most beng-mobile of them all in terms of look. Time for me to ditch that body-kit & return to a more true form. =p
*all images shot with my trusty W810i*

I admit, i'm a sucker for street racing spirited driving, although i seldom indulge in it. I just need my speed fix sometimes... *it's thrilling & revitalizing* =p I'm a responsible driver okie... always put on safety belt, always signal before i make any turn, never beat red-light even when there are no other cars around, never pasang HID light.... only occasionally breach the speed limit. Well, i guess age & maturity has caught up with me, i would always think twice before attempting something reckless taking a calculated risk, though i still enjoy the thrill & adrenaline rush of spirited driving. Thankfully no untoward incident occurred, & no cops came to kacau.


Back on to the title, the inaugural F1 night race in Singapore, to be held tonight is going to be one exciting event; a race right through the heart of a city is definitely unique, pretty much like playing Gran Turismo... & held at night some more! All the lighting technology that goes into the preparation is indeed impressive. I'm not really a fan of F1 but i'd love to watch this one race. Too bad i can only watch it in TV...

*images from yahoo sport*

2 comments:

T-MO-T "n" TING said...

honda kaki ah aiseh...
like that u ppl service ur car at Kim Yin there ah? VTEC KING OH...heheh...

bila pergi bako lagi...
ajak me ler...
i wanna snap some shots there...
and sure need a tripod...

cal81 said...

ha, more like kaki old school honda la... VTEC king's shop just at the roundabout near my house... used to go there sometimes... but now i usually frequent my friend's workshop in petanak area... also kaki honda...
not really a regular at bako though... next time can ajak u along... =)
but make sure ur tripod sturdy enough... in case it falls when the cars zoom by... =p