Jul 27, 2007

China Circuit Championship in Beijing

I recently learned that Beijing has a cute little 2.4 km long race track out near the airport expressway. From what I've read, you can even pay to drive your own car around it. This is the aerial view from Google Earth.

This last weekend, the course was host to a professional car race as part of the China Circuit Championship. It included a handful professional racing teams. Each race lasted from thirty minutes to an hour each, with two classes of stock cars, 1600 cc and 2000 cc. There are some photos of the race I found to get an idea of the cars.

One of the 1600 cc races consisted entirely of souped up Volkswagen Polos, a smaller economy car marketed in Europe and China, something that would remind you of a modern-day Dodge Omni. It was fun to watch these little four-bangers buzz around the race track like little mosquitoes. On top of that, it was even more amusing because the Volkswagen Polo has the reputation in China as being the car of choice for the mistresses of Chinese businessmen (二奶车). My joke of the day was that the winner of the Polo race would get a month's worth of free manicure coupons.

My friend, who had connections with Ford Motor Company, brought me back behind the pits to meet their team of three drivers who were in the 2000 cc race. Being near the pits and in the racetrack infield was definitely the most exciting place. There were packs and packs of scantily clad model girls roaming around like grazing gazelles. I've never before seen so many tall, skinny Chinese women in one place. I don't think even one of them was any shorter than 5'11", or any heavier than 120 pounds. Before this day, I was under the impression that very Chinese girls made it past 5'6", but boy was I wrong. For the most part, though, the models were lacking in the area of voluptuousness. None of them had more than a B-cup, but they looked quite nice all dressed up in little skirts and bikinis. It was a lot like looking at a Monet painting, in that it looks nice from far away, but when you get in close it's a mess.

The 2000 cc competition was probably the most interesting to watch of all the races. Other than Ford, the rest of the cars were rice racers, like Honda and Nissan. Given that we're in China, and there's not nearly the sense of legal liability as in the US, my friend and I were able to get over by the pits for the race start. We were literally ten feet away from the starting line, safely, so we thought, behind a concrete barrier and a wire fence. After ten minutes or so, a safety official kicked us out and we watched from one of the grandstands in the hospitality area. These four cylinder race cars were surprisingly noisy, and ear protection was a must. Some of the locals were stuffing cotton balls into their ears, or hastily misusing foam ear plugs.

It was a lot of fun to watch this relatively small-scale race, not to mention the great opportunity to be surrounding by swarms of lithe model girls. I would definitely sign up to go again next time.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eric, as you post your story, another poor Chinese peasant has died, died from what? From the abuse of the Chinese government, from the neglect of the people, from the peasant's own follies to sell his family to brick kiln to earn the family's measily income...
while on the other side, the wealthy relatives of Jiang ZeMin are celebrating their ChinaDaily establishment anniversary and ordering slaves, from the very brick kiln that this poor Chinese peasant has sold his family to, to lay out the top notch Chinese hotel's decoration.
Pathetic, in a country that so glorifies modernization and the poor, such devasting conditions still thrive in China...
Eric, as a mere foreigner in China, you may wonder why should you help, it is ok that you do not help the poor Chinese peasants, it is ok that they died. I understand that their lives are not very important...
But please before you go back to own country, take a tour through rural southern China, places such as Linfen...by then I think you would truly understand the devasting state of the Chinese people.

7:19 PM  

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