Putting the Pedal to the Metal

Putting the Pedal to the Metal

After taking in the exquisite modified cars at Tokyo Auto Salon Singapore 2013, we are sure many of you are feeling the itch to get behind the wheel. Hence, we are turning off the traction control and drifting into the world of competitive car racing in this week’s edition of our alternative sports series.

Photos courtesy of Tokyo Auto Salon Singapore

Before we begin, we know that Singapore is probably the least car friendly nation in the world. With high vehicle taxes, limited land space and a vigilant police force, you will probably feel that the only platform for local car racing would be on the virtual circuits of the console game, Gran Turismo 5.

Photos courtesy of Brendan Ang

Well, you could not be more wrong! Underneath it all, Singapore boasts a vibrant racing scene with many dedicated car enthusiasts getting creative in how they obtain their speed fix.
Let us begin by drawing your attention to the notorious ‘unofficial’ racing tracks that we are sure you have heard of. These legendary roads have definitely seen their fair share of tyre squealing action over the years.
Starting off with Devil’s Bend, this infamous sharp cornered road used to be a grand prix track in the 1960s’. Located at Old Upper Thomson Road, the name came about due to the fact that it has claimed the lives of many drivers.

Picture courtesy of Google Map

Next, we move west to South Buona Vista Road. Nicknamed 99 Turns, this winding two-way road poses a real challenge with numerous bends along the way.

Picture courtesy of Google Map

Finally, we head to the deserted straight road at Lim Chu Kang. Known as 40 Tiang (Lamp posts), this is traditionally a hotbed for drag race enthusiasts.

Picture courtesy of Google Map

Alternatively, you can also head up north to neighbouring Malaysia and enjoy their track facilities. These days, it is a simple task to hop on to online car forums such as mycarforum (http://www.mycarforum.com/) and join like-minded racers for a day at the tracks.
You can either head to the nearby Johor Circuit in Pasir Gudang or enjoy a road trip to the Sepang International Circuit in Kuala Lumpur. And with the Iskander motorsports hub in the pipeline, you can be sure that the casual car racing scene is only going to get bigger.

Johor Circuit and Sepang International Circuit
Photos courtesy of Google Earth and paradiseintheworld.com

However if you prefer to mix it up with the racing professionals, there are numerous racing events hosted by the Singapore Motor Sports Association (SMSA). In addition, you can even step up your game by enrolling yourself with a local racing school to fine tune your driving skills. Who knows, you might be on your way to a semi-professional racing license! Check out racing schools like Global Racing School and Singapore Stunt Driving for more info.

*Please note that we do not encourage street racing on any of the 'unofficial' racing locales.


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