Get­ting wicked

Mo­tor­cy­cle event at Kranji get­ting more recog­ni­tion

The New Paper - - LIFESTYLE - ZAIHAN MO­HAMED YUSOF

pre­sent­ing spon­sor some day.”

About 40 per cent of ven­dors were from over­seas, in­clud­ing In­done­sia, Thai­land and Malaysia. They sold T-shirts and fast food and pro­vided ser­vices from tat­too­ing to hair­cuts.

Some par­tic­i­pants stood be­hind the lines as mini off-road bikes raced on a spe­cial track while nearby, BMX rid­ers did grav­ity-de­fy­ing stunts.

There is even some chat­ter that a ver­sion of Sin­ga­pore’s Wicked Wal­lop may be taken over­seas, to which Mr Loh said: “It is in the pipe­line so far, but noth­ing is firm yet.”

De­spite Satur­day’s scorch­ing heat, many came out to show off their rides – new mo­tor­cy­cles and also cus­tom ones that com­peted in a few show cat­e­gories.

Among them was a raked out Thun­der­bike con­cept mo­tor­cy­cle owned by Mr Hel­mut Achatz, a 59-year-old Ger­man en­gi­neer liv­ing in Malaysia who spent RM200,000 (S$66,000) build­ing it.

He also brought along his show-stop­ping 1951 Ford F100 V8, 6,200cc truck.

Some mo­tor­cy­cle clubs from Malaysia were also in­vited to Wicked Wal­lop, and their mem­bers rode their mo­tor­cy­cles to the party.

There were oth­ers, like Mr Thomas Phang, 32, who came to test new mo­tor­cy­cles at the Mah Pte Ltd booth, where vis­i­tors could try out a four-wheel scooter.

The avi­a­tion tech­ni­cian said: “This is an op­por­tu­nity to test new mo­tor­cy­cles from dif­fer­ent man­u­fac­tur­ers un­der one roof.”

The party-like at­mos­phere started at about 2pm with a con­voy of mo­tor­cy­cles, fol­lowed later by about 60 older mo­tor­cy­cles, and went on into the night.

These early F, A and S se­ries plate mo­tor­bikes were rid­den by their own­ers wear­ing safety masks as a sym­bol of sol­i­dar­ity, given their rides are af­fected by the Na­tional En­vi­ron­ment Agency’s rul­ing on pre-July 2003 mo­tor­cy­cles that are slated to be taken off Sin­ga­pore roads as they have been deemed to be “more pol­lu­tive”.

One of them, Mr Patrick Ng, who owns two cre­ative agen­cies, told TNP that he has been put in a dilemma.

All six of his mo­tor­cy­cles are af­fected by the rul­ing that has a $3,500 cash in­cen­tive if older mo­tor­cy­cles are dereg­is­tered .

Said Mr Ng, 42, who rode in a con­voy to Wicked Wal­lop on a 1946-reg­is­tered Match­less 350cc: “If I scrap my mo­tor­cy­cles and take NEA’s of­fer, I will get back about $21,000. But I am afraid I will lose a part of Sin­ga­pore’s mo­tor­cy­cling his­tory.”

Oth­ers have also shown sup­port to those af­fected by the cash-for-dereg­is­tra­tion scheme. An on­line pe­ti­tion called Save Sin­ga­pore’s pre-July 2003 mo­tor­cy­cles has gar­nered about 8,000 sig­na­tures since Satur­day.

(Above) The event also saw own­ers af­fected by the Na­tional En­vi­ron­ment Agency’s rul­ing on pre-July 2003 mo­tor­cy­cles rid­ing in sol­i­dar­ity.

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