Fast cars, beautiful girls, loud music – all this is familiar from films. Furious speed, breaking rules, car roar, fear of passersby – all this can be seen on the streets of Kazakhstan cities. Speed for some Almaty drivers is a lifestyle. Fortunately they have a special place to let their energy out.
The sports and entertainment complex Boraldai Motorplex is still the only full-fledged stadium in Almaty used for cars competitions and it is at least some kind of an alternative to illegal street racings. The complex is located near the airport of Burunday village.
The territory is divided into several zones for different driving disciplines: the drag strip (a race course for competitions in drag racing), the track with a variable configuration for competitions in figure driving and drifting and the ground for competitions in car tuning and car audio.
Track-day is held every Friday from 6pm to 11pm. On this day everyone can pay 1,000 tenges (7 dollars) for entry and use the drag strip alone or with a rival.
Drag racing competitions may be organized with practically all sorts of transport, but for professional races, special cars called dragsters are created. A dragster is a very lightweight construction with a powerful motor, but its control details are often very primitive, as competitions are held in a perfectly straight road.
The organizers of races took a serious approach to the matter. All statistics are recorded by the telemetry made by world standards. Traffic lights fix cars at the start. The equipment records the reaction time of a driver who starts and the car speed at the finish. The total road length is 402 meters. The trace record was set here a year ago and it is almost 8 seconds.
The total capacity of the complex is 10,000 people. Usually on Fridays about 1,500-3,000 spectators gather here.
A charismatic man entertains the crowd, he supports the gambling atmosphere, voices results of races and just comments on anything that happens around.
Many people try to compete with cars of the identical class, of the same brand, or at least with equal technical characteristics. Such races are especially attractive for viewers, as only the best driver (not a better car) will win.
Breakneck speed, that is not acceptable in the city, is appropriate only here.