HOTstuff magazine issue #106
Published by HOTstuff Singapore
Cover Feature : Boxer Spirit Marc’s GC8 / Race Queen Peggy Heng
Other Features : Rocky Auto’s S30 Fairlady Z / Phoenix Power’s R34 Skyline / Roy’s STi-S / Love Sound Camry
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Will Drag For Glory !
No longer do we need to reminisce those ‘Heydays’ of Kallang Sprints, as SMSA MPT revives the nostalgic motorsport event that every Singaporean automotive enthusiast remembers. Entering this year, are faster, bigger and better cars as they go head to head for the title of SMSA MPT Sprint Champion…
The old school has returned to Kallang. That familiar rumble of race exhaust chatter at the car park as race machines are being prepped and warmed up for a race that has been thrilling the crowds back in the ‘90s. We are talking about the Kallang car park rally, now known as the SMSA MPT Kallang Auto Carnival, packed with booths, off-road cars, hot babes, merchandise, races and even a dyno-contest! This year, two rounds will be held, with the recent Round 1 finished at Kallang Car Park F.
Let The Games Begin
The main focus at the Kallang Sprints has always been about the races. Being an officially sanctioned Singapore Motor Sports Association event, the car park races have always been a sight of teeming large crowds, packed to the rafters with spectators of all ages. With so much riding on the event, SMSA MPT had to nail it down with a proper crowd-pleaser, featuring reputed and renowned car garages such as Choon’s Motor Works, JM Motowerkz, Spark Motor Sports, 833 Motor Sports (Team Neverland) and SK Garage, whom which entered their vehicles accordingly into the categories that were made available for fairness.
These included the Open Category, to which everyone was free to participate in, with no horsepower or drivetrain cap, to more restricted categories that specify limited displacement and usage of other power inducing modifications. The assortment of vehicles at race day was fantastic, with monsters such as the astute McLaren MP4-12C, facing direct competitors such as the Audi R8, Porsche 911 and the rarely seen Mercedes E63, to impressive rocket-like Japanese machines such as the four-wheel driven Lancer Evolution, Impreza WRX STi and GT-R R35. Drag-purpose built cars contested as well, with JM Motor Works multi-title champion and Choon’s magical EG6s representing the ever-famous Honda hatchback camp.
The Whole Nine Yards
Loud exhausts and smoking tyres aside, there was plenty of consumer and merchant products to browse through at the main staging area, ranging from sticker products to exhausts, apparel, accessories and even aftermarket car parts! There were great demo/off-road cars that graced booths, such as a track-spec Mazda RX-8 and a Honda Integra DC5 Type R, while HOTStuff’s booth was kindly graced by Marc’s Subaru Impreza GC8 WRX, that really grabbed the attention of onlookers, since it bordered the world of circuit-spec and street use. HOTStuff also ensured that visitors to its booth did not leave empty handed, as magazines were given out as a sign of appreciation and ‘Thank You’ to supporters.
While cars and products go hand in hand, one must not forget the sexy race queens. Race queens are an integral part of car events; this MPT Auto Carnival 2012 Round 1 was no exception, especially since when there was a race queen contest involved. Photographers were given more than they bargained, as contesting race queens posed with motorbikes and cars in the main gallery area for the best photogenic picture. Jostling amongst each others and cueing these pretty ladies, race queens strutted their stuff across the platform as cameras clicked and snapped away at the contestants vying for the title of MPT Auto Carnival Race Queen winner.
What The Future Might Hold…
With Round 2 being held later in November on the 17th, Round 1 was the first clap of hands as addictions were satisfied and appeased. While things at a stalemate for Singapore’s Motor Sports scene, the SMSA MPT Auto Carnival serves as a timely reminder that there may be that small glimmer of hope for the automotive community in Singapore. We certainly hope that things will continue to grow for motorsports enthusiasts and for more official race events in Singapore, as grassroots racing is the first critical step to everything.
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Text & Photos By HOTstuff magazine