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    A Morning at the Bira Road Race Circuit in Pattaya, Thailand

    I spent the morning of Saturday, May 8, 2010 at the Bira Circuit in Pattaya, Thailand with my good friend and racing buddy, Khun Mac.  He has his own company, MacTec, which is the major importer of race car parts to Thailand, in addition to being the Torco Oil franchisee in Thailand.  I could not be racing at all if it weren't for Mac. Mac races in a "one make" class where limited modifications and weight is enforced.  On this day he qualified first in his class.

    This is Mac's race car leaving his pit.  It was over 38C (100f) with high humidity at 9:00am when he took to the track.

    Mac was off to a very good start until another racer banged his front fender causing both a flat tire and a bent front suspension (tie rod).  After a quick pit stop to change the tire, he rejoined the race in last position, but due to the bent suspension, Mac "couldn't steer", an important aspect of race car control.

    It doesns't look like much, but it was enough to shred a tire and bend the suspension.

    At the start of the race the yellow band on the steering wheel marked the "straight ahead" position.  You can see how much things were bent with the new off-center position.  No problem, he will repair and race the next day.

    The Bira Curcuit is a very well run race track that offers racers many classes in which to participate. Like this Street Truck Class race truck . . .

    To Retro Class . . .

    To more Vintage Race Class . . . .

    To very serious purpose built radical race sedans.

    The many races are usually very close.

    Race tracks attract guys and their cool cars.  Like this beautiful old choppedd-top Toyota pick-up which was actually entered in the Retro Class.

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