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MR2 Mickey ready to go
MR2 Mickey in his track car, ready to go

I went to the inaugural Grassroot Motorsport Autocross Event at KLCC on the 20th of November, 2005, as a spectator. I got to know of this event from MR2 Mickey, who is a participant, and an MR2 enthusiast.

The organising company, Grass Racing Autosports (GRA), accepted over 90 cars participating in 6 different categories in the event. Entry fee was only RM 65 per car per category per round. The affordability probably was the most important factor contributing to the high turn-out. GRA had to stop receiving applications early.

participating cars
some of the participating cars

The categories were:

  • Class A: Below 1300cc engine capacity
  • Class B: 1301-1600cc engine capacity
  • Class C: 1601-1900cc engine capacity
  • Class D: 1901-2400cc engine capacity
  • Class E: 2401cc and above engine capacity
  • Class F: Sports Car Class

Class E has no restrictions on modifications, though car must retain it’s original dimension. Class F is any vehicle with open top/close top and two seater non turbo. Micro cars and K cars are not eligible into this class.

Datsun Fairlady Z
old school Datsun Fairlady Z

The event was hugely entertaining, with a very funny MC giving scores and witty comments during the entire afternoon. Some of his gems include:

  • “kelisa pun lagi cepat” (even a kelisa is faster) – when commenting on the EVO 8
  • “dia suka makan angin” (he loves sight seeing) – complaining cars running too slow
  • “kalau pemandu tak berhati-hati, kita pula kena berhati-hati” (if the drivers are not careful, we’d have to becareful) – a spin on the slow drivers

Toyota MR2
a toyota MR2

Average runs are in the mid 40 seconds. The fastest time was by a Lotus Elise that recorded a below 39s. Mickey’s best run was 41.13 in his MR2. The Datsun Fairlady Z was the best entertainer of the day, spun out and decided to make donuts on the track and hit a few cones before finishing his run. The crowd went wild.

K cars
K cars too

There were lucky draws at the booth, with winners having a chance to sit in veteran racing and rally driver Ivan Khong’s BF Goodrich sponsored Subaru Impreza, or MR2 Mickey’s car for a taxi ride on the track. The taxi service isn’t your ordinary KLIA limo ride, it’s a high speed drift with two of the very experienced drivers. The winners had a great time, and I wonder if any of them peed in thier pants.

race queens
how can an auto event be complete without race queens?

For more info, join the GRA group at Yahoo.

Discuss : Grassroot Motorsport Autocross Event at KLCC

  1. eh KY why u take my gf’s pic ??? I SUE YOU!!!!

  2. Great photos:

    I almost want to get into a car…..

    I’m a non driver, a phobic driver wannabe.
    I’m looking for driving mavens and car experts to give me some tips about learning to drive.

    What’s your #1 tip for driving?

    What’s your favorite car?

    How did you learn to drive?

    Why do you like driving? (It’s a mystery to me)

    Thanks. Please email your comments to me or post them on my blog. http://www.drivingphobia.blogspot.com
    This is a sincere request for driving tips.

    thanks,
    Sharon

  3. i was there. good take on the days event mate.

  4. Thanks so much for your reply on my blog.
    cool.
    But how do you take control of the situation in a car?
    Complete attention? High alert?

    Why is driving like a sport? For me, it seems painful, like visiting the dentist.

    But I’m willing to give it a try.
    Thanks again, for commenting. I appreciate the advice
    Please chime in with any advice.
    ciao.

  5. TMY, u tok kok la

  6. It was a great event. Had plenty fun. Nice pics mate!

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