Faster.


Thailand’s roads are considered the 2nd most dangerous in the world, with 44 road deaths per 100,000 people according to a study conducted by the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute, more than double the global average of 18. Motorbike accidents are the top cause of death amongst road fatalities in Thailand as stated in a Guardian report published in 2012, with more than 11,000 people dying annually.

I’ve been unfortunate enough to witness the aftermath a few of those appallingly frequent accidents here in Bangkok, and sad to recall the deaths of sorely missed friends as a consequence of their own bad decisions and those of others; as a result I have until recent years been reluctant to get back on a bike as a passenger, and this year as a driver…

Regardless, I was still pretty excited to witness some motorcycle drag racing events hosted by NGO Racing, a Thai organisation sponsored by RAC Oil which aims to encourage Thai youths to stop racing on public roads. The NGO program trains local youths in proper vehicle maintenance and assists the fledging careers of their most promising prospects by sending them to race in drag events around South East Asia.

It’s a good start, though clearly some of the local participants at these races could do with more helmets…

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