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Posted 12 August 2010 - 10:05 PM

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Illegally modified vehicles were also often caught speeding
By: Mavis Toh
Published: August 12 2010,
The Straits Times
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THE number of car owners caught for illegally modifying their vehicles is shooting up.

Most modifications were to the cars' exhaust systems, windows and lights - changes typically preferred by illegal racers who want to appear flashy.

In the first six months of this year, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) has already taken 1,381 motorists to task for this offence.

In the whole of last year, there were 2,510 people caught - a 44 per cent jump over the 1,746 nabbed the year before.

On a recent night operation by the Traffic Police, The Straits Times saw officers checking several modified vehicles, but no racers were caught.

Two cars - a blue Honda Civic and a red Subaru Impreza - cruising along Orchard Road were stopped near Plaza Singapura because officers suspected that both cars' exhausts and engines had been illegally modified.

The cars were taken to the Traffic Police vehicle pound to await inspection by LTA officers.

Six motorcycles, parked near the Singapore Flyer, also got the once-over. Officers checked the bikers' licences, inspected their two-wheelers and even made a few owners rev their engines. Twenty minutes later, two of the youngsters were told their bikes would have to be impounded.

One of the officers later explained: 'From experience, you can hear that the engine sound is different and not right.'

Senior Staff Sergeant Mohd Haminuddin Mujtahid, who has 10 years of experience, said that the Traffic Police's special operations team would usually do night patrols every weekend at hot spots like Orchard Gudang - a spot which stretches from Orchard Road to Stamford Road, which is popular with racers.

'Many of them are from car clubs and we do patrols as a preventive measure,' he said.

Spotted parked at an open-air carpark, near McDonald's in Stadium Boulevard near Kallang, were six souped-up Mitsubishis of different models. Though the officers made their rounds without stopping, their presence still caught the car owners' attention.

'We just want to make our presence felt as a preventive measure to stop them before they even start racing,' said Senior Staff Sgt Haminuddin.

He added that illegally modified vehicles were also often caught speeding.

A police spokesman said speeding, a common cause of accidents, was one of the main traffic offences that they focused on during night patrols.

In the first six months of this year, 26,976 speeding summonses were issued. The figure was 64,983 for the whole of last year, up from 61,661 in 2008.

Motoring enthusiasts, though, told The Straits Times that the police presence and the development of the Changi Motorsports Hub, which is expected to be ready by 2012, will curb illegal racing activities here.

Many racers now go across the Causeway to race.

Mr Peter Tan, vice-president for motorcycles at the Singapore Motor Sports Association, said the Republic's strict laws have driven some illegal racers to Malaysia's highways.

'If caught for racing in Singapore, your licence can be (suspended) and your car confiscated. You also get booked for illegal modifications, so the risks are too high.'

Those caught for illegal racing can be jailed for up to six months and fined up to $2,000. Those who modify vehicles illegally can be fined $1,000 or jailed for three months.

Mr Tan felt that the Changi Motorsports Hub would help bring down the number of illegal street racers by up to 80 per cent. 'When we have a track, professionals and amateurs alike can do some serious racing there.'

However, apart from the usual racing hot spots in Lim Chu Kang and Tuas South, Singaporeans have heard and seen races in heartland areas like Sengkang, Tampines, Sin Ming and Loyang.

In June, Tampines resident Poh Soon Leong wrote to The Sunday Times' forum page, to complain that drivers of illegally modified sports cars often race along a stretch of road in Loyang Avenue, without regard for the safety of other road users.

A police spokesman later said they do regular enforcement in the area, including speed checks and special operations to check illegal racing and careless, inconsiderate and dangerous driving.

A 22-year-old student, who wanted to be known only as Wilson, is a regular racer who drives along Orchard Road almost every Friday and Saturday night, looking for a street race.

When enough cars show up, these speed demons dash from Orchard Road to Marina Square, make a right turn towards the Esplanade, make another right turn and race up Stamford Road, through the Fort Canning Tunnel to Orchard Boulevard, and back to where they started.

'But now there are traffic policemen every week so we have to start our races even later, around 3am or 4am,' he said, adding that, increasingly, they were also racing on expressways as Orchard was being closely watched.

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 10:09 PM

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bad news...hopefully the modification rules can be relaxed to allow more flexibility..

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 10:14 PM

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yeah if they want to race can go to pasir gudang to race.......there will be cars waiting for them...no need to scout for cars in orchard :)

however it is understandable....with a good tuner and a changed engine....a honda civic will be very fast....and the proper place is still pasir gudang....nevertheless drive safe....

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 10:16 PM

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but race track different from street racing leah....

all those cars modified i think for street racing one....

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 10:18 PM

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but race track different from street racing leah....

all those cars modified i think for street racing one....

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yes you are correct there are track cars and street racing cars....track cars of course being faster...lol

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 10:20 PM

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anyway i know this guy one of my friend i think about 40 plus years old....his civic is really out of this world man...the engine is so clean....and his car is damn fast...but TP see confirm chop impound man....better than the one in the pic...anyway drive safe

Edited by Ithunk, 12 August 2010 - 10:20 PM.


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Posted 12 August 2010 - 10:20 PM

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maybe next time car enthusiasts who track often will be forced to have 2 cars. (unless they already have more).

1 for street daily driving.

1 for tracking.
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Posted 12 August 2010 - 10:20 PM

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See all those Neon Beng Lighting, chrome wheels, tinted windows, etc

you know it's for the streets already....

impression from Need For Speed (NFS) and movies such as 2FAst2Furious....

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 10:21 PM

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especially with the upcoming Changi race track....

actually get 3 cars....

1 for normal day-to-day driving (more relaxed style)

1 for track day weekends

1 for towing the track car on a flatbed trailer....

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Edited by Ferraricalifornia, 12 August 2010 - 10:22 PM.

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 10:23 PM

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See all those Neon Beng Lighting, chrome wheels, tinted windows, etc

you know it's for the streets already....

impression from Need For Speed (NFS) and movies such as 2FAst2Furious....

bounce2.gif


yea for track cars inside is all bare nothing at all....made to be as light as possible....and as fast as possible for the track....everything is taken out to reduce weight...

Edited by Ithunk, 12 August 2010 - 10:24 PM.


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Posted 12 August 2010 - 10:24 PM

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yea for track cars inside is all bare nothing at all....made to be as light as possible....and as fast as possible for the track....everything is taken out to save weight...



yup....

absolutely right....

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 10:25 PM

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but race track different from street racing leah....

all those cars modified i think for street racing one....

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that is BULLSH!T

a car modified for whatever street race is good enough for a track. it's the driver and mentality, not the car.

and there shouldn't be any street racing to begin with. kill or maim yourself, that's fine. just don't do it at the expense and risk of other people's lives.

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 10:28 PM

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yea if really got money go take part in porsche GT cup about 80k per race

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 10:34 PM

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anyway i know this guy one of my friend i think about 40 plus years old....his civic is really out of this world man...the engine is so clean....and his car is damn fast...but TP see confirm chop impound man....better than the one in the pic...anyway drive safe

i know a young friend who is a high flyer, he loves racing. his previous car a nissan sunny, he modded until it has almost 450 bhp ! he takes 2.5 hrs to reach genting from singapore. then he got a accord jdm, and always join the fellow accorders to book the sepang track and raced until one of the cars got up in flame. now he change to a 5 series. goodness.
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Posted 12 August 2010 - 10:39 PM

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i know a young friend who is a high flyer, he loves racing. his previous car a nissan sunny, he modded until it has almost 450 bhp ! he takes 2.5 hrs to reach genting from singapore. then he got a accord jdm, and always join the fellow accorders to book the sepang track and raced until one of the cars got up in flame. now he change to a 5 series. goodness.


yes this kind of thing is real.....in singapore Yi shan hai bi yi shan gao.....and everyone is striving to own the most expensive car....so dun look down on those that drive normal cars....lol....wait till u see them change...lol...

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 10:42 PM

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Come on, who raced wilson before, own up now hahahahha

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 10:50 PM

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Want to mod then dun be scared to get caught.

Scared being caught, then dun mod.

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 11:15 PM

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best to impose more bans and have more routine checks. Just hate those drivers who thinks its so stylo to drive fast and ignore other road user's safety.

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 11:53 PM

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A 22-year-old student, who wanted to be known only as Wilson, is a regular racer who drives along Orchard Road almost every Friday and Saturday night, looking for a street race.

When enough cars show up, these speed demons dash from Orchard Road to Marina Square, make a right turn towards the Esplanade, make another right turn and race up Stamford Road, through the Fort Canning Tunnel to Orchard Boulevard, and back to where they started.

'But now there are traffic policemen every week so we have to start our races even later, around 3am or 4am,' he said, adding that, increasingly, they were also racing on expressways as Orchard was being closely watched.


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Posted 12 August 2010 - 11:54 PM

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so many red lights in SG, how to race sia...
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