In Malaysia, a novel innovation to add variety to grand prix racing. As a break?
In Malaysia, a novel innovation to add variety to grand prix racing. As a break from the high-powered formula racing, the organisers of the Malaysian Grand Prix series last weekend introduced competition for motor scooters.
Like their bigger cousins -- the motor bikes -- the tiny scooters raced a series of preliminary events leading to this grand final on the Batu Tiga course near Kuala Lumpur.
A few coughed smoke at the starting flag but most quickly got down to serious racing. After all, there was good prize money at stake for the winner.
The organisers said the event attracted a great deal of interest from both competitors and spectators. As with saloon cars, racing amongst production-line scooters made it easier for many of the spectators to relate their own personal machine to that of a competitor, thus providing more interest.
At the end of a gruelling five laps, first over the line was a 150 c.c. machine ridden by Said bin Zainol of Malaysia. He was a scooter-wheel ahead of fellow Malaysian, Rahman bin Salim.
And for the winner, the traditional garland and congratulations from two pretty supporters.