The Singapore Grand Prix is an incredible spectacle, not just because of the night racing, but also because of the beautiful futuristic city and the dramatic lighting of the buildings. One particular structure stands out from all the others, the Marina Bay Hotel and Sky Park.
The complex is the world’s most expensive stand-alone casino property and cost S$8 billion to build. The resort features a 2,561-room hotel, a 120,000 m2 convention and exhibition centre, the 74,000 m2, “The Shoppes” shopping complex, an iconic Arts and Science museum, two large theatres, seven “celebrity chef” restaurants, two floating Crystal Pavilions, an ice skating rink, and the world’s largest atrium casino with 500 tables and 1,600 slot machines. The complex is topped by a 340m-long Sky Park with a capacity of 3,900 people and a 150m infinity swimming pool, set on top of the world’s largest public cantilevered platform, which overhangs the north tower by 67m! Phew!
The Infinity Pool on the 57th Floor
I lived in Singapore for three years more than 40 years ago, it was very different in those days:
What the people of this remarkable country have shown us is what can be achieved if you have a vision and couple it with hard work, discipline and determination. Stroll around the harbour and be amazed:
To take a look at what is on offer and perhaps plan the holiday of a lifetime, click on the logo:
The MX5 Owners Club annual rally, held at Billing Aquadrome, attracted around a thousand cars, all of them polished and gleaming for the big day. The standard of preparation was incredibly high and there were hundreds of jaw-dropping personalised fives which were a huge credit to their owners. But to me there was one truly outstanding car, the Gothic themed MX5 8RAT, just take a look at this:
With grateful thanks to the many club members for the great pictures. If you would like to see lots more photographs and read all about the rally, click on the logo:
Go to an American Miata rally at Orange County Choppers, meet some very unusual people and take a test drive in an MX5 on the famous Bear Mountain road in New York State. Its quite a day out!
When a fast jet pilot is learning to fly he is taught how to handle his aircraft in extreme situations and is encouraged to explore its limitations. This makes day to day flying simple and lets him get the very best performance from the machine when required.
Unfortunately we humble motorists don’t get the same opportunity because we have to drive safely on busy roads, although many of the contributors to MX5 forums tell us that smoking the tyres, red-lining through the gears and drifting on roundabouts is quite normal!
One way to find out about your car’s limitations is to take it to a track day, but there are two problems with this; firstly, you might bend your lovely car, and secondly you are definitely going to beat seven bells out of it. Now I don’t fancy either of these options at all, and I would also like to have some proper instruction on advanced handling, just like the fast jet pilot gets.
But don’t worry! The ideal solution is provided at the Thruxton Motor Sport Centre, where you can enjoy one-to-one tuition on the track in a nice new two litre MX5. Following a full briefing you get 15 laps of the fastest circuit in the country, with a professional instructor, and you will come away with really improved driving skills, a much better idea of the capabilities of your own car and a very silly grin on your face! As they say in the trade, “All the thrills and none of the spills”.
So, if you fancy a really exciting day out and would like to learn a lot more about your lovely MX5 without the risks of a track day, just click on the Thruxton logo: