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A Ray of Sunshine for Singaporean Motorsports Enthusiasts?

121204-Motorsports-City-Presentation-Press-Kit_Page_202Singaporean’s saw their dreams of a permanent circuit officially crushed back in May when the government announced they were formally taking back the land for proposed Changi Motorsports Hub from SG Changi.  I don’t think this was a great surprise to anyone as the project faced plenty of obstacles in the 5 years since it was first rumored back in 2007.   Construction actually began at the site back in 2010 but was brought to an abrupt halt when investors became nervous about an investigation into the tendering process that eventually ended with SG Changi winning the $370 million project.

This week brought a little life back to the dream when it was announced that billionaire Peter Lim would be developing a Motorsports City and FIA compliant circuit in neighboring Iskandar, Malaysia.  Mr. Lim, once described as “press shy”, has made major international sporting news over the past several years after a failed attempt to buy the Liverpool Football Club in 2010 and last year’s announcement of him making a major investment in McLaren Automotive.  Now Singapore motorsports enthusiast see him as their best hope for an accessible circuit for them to enjoy.  While not truly a Singapore based permanent circuit, its planned proximity to the border will likely suffice most enthusiasts as long as they have some open track days.  Although this seems very promising, waiting until 2016 for racing events makes for a long time to hold your breathe.



Honda Day Live Night Race: Bossa Ska Racing


BANGKOK, 17 October 2012 — Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co Ltd in collaboration with Fresh Air Festival Co Ltd and Grand Prix International Co Ltd announces the “Honda Day Live Night Race: Bossa Ska Racing” event which will take place on 17 November 2012, from noon till midnight at Muang Thong Thani Lakeside. This new-style event is a unique combination of the unrivalled fun of a night car race with the excitement of a day-long live concert.

The innovative event, the first of its kind, will offer an entertaining and exciting rhythm that combines a night car race called the “Honda Racing Fest” which Honda has previously held with an enthusiastic response from racers and the audience, with two major concerts based on the “Honda Winter Fest” the winter music event that takes place in a picturesque mountainous environment and the “Honda Summer Fest” the seaside music event that attracted a record-breaking audience of more than 300,000 people.

For this year’s breakthrough event, Honda has created an atmosphere of excitement and fun with a high-speed car racing circuit that will challenge more than 70 racing drivers that will join. All drivers will open a new chapter in Thai motor racing history as they strive to set their best records in a night race that meets all safety standards.

The event will also feature an entertaining concert featuring a wide range of musical styles performed by leading Thai singers and bands including Palmy, T-Bone, Kan Kor Club, Jay Jetrin, Lula, Mocca Garden and Teddyska Band. The performers will take turns adding sound and excitement to the event at various times throughout the day and night. This is the first time that the thrills of a night racing circuit will mingle withthe rhythm and beat of the concrt stage.

The event will also feature many more fun and interesting activities such as :
– Honda Hot Laps, which offers the genuine experience of sitting in a racing car with a driver on the real racing circuit.
– Honda Pit Tour, where you can experience the real working atmosphere of leading drivers and receive souvenirs from them.
– Honda Performance Show, a showcase in which racing drivers demonstrate their proficiency in dangerous and thrilling driving.
– Honda Car Club Village, Thailand’s largest gathering of more than 400 Honda fanatics.

Besides, visitors can enjoy fun activities such as Bira Zone, a slot car racing circuit, the Live Park Zone offering exciting computer raing games, a Kids’ Station and a Phot Station. Admission is free.



2012 CIAPE Photos

2012-10-28 10.34.41 The 2012 edition of the annual China International Autoparts Expo (CIAPE) was held in Beijing October 26 – 28th.  We were attending the show on the final day which is always a little bit of a risk depending on how many exhibitors decide to pack up early.   The Tuning / Performance section was held in Halls 6 & 7 again this year with a few exhibitors outside.  The quality of this show varies greatly from year to year and I would place the 2012 edition on par with the 2009 show.  For reference purposes, of the 5 years we’ve attended the Tuning / Performance portion of the show, 2011 was by far the best and 2010 (outdoor exhibitors only) was the worst.   The other 3 years were all roughly the same.

Here are some additional images from the show.

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