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.
Cars of different classes and price categories can participate in the competition.
Beautiful girls are necessary to participate in the shows.
According to the organizers there were no tragic accidents with deaths. Although light accidents happen from time to time, especially in the drift. Conflicts between people were also not seen as competitions are held under the supervision of security guards. Alcohol and glass are prohibited to bring to the airport.
Now let’s meet several Almaty drivers and their “children”.
Cheep, 32, an interior designer, spent 15 000 $ and plans to spend 25 – 30 000 $. His car – Toyota Supra. Cheep absolutly agrees with such crazy lifestyle and considers it normal. The driver wishes special race grounds to appear in Almaty and advises not to risk on roads.
Anton (B-Fanky), 28 years, works in a road building firm and owns Lexus IS 350 RWD, 2006. He won drag racings several times. Anton likes street racings, but he does not break rules and advises to other drivers to be very attentive.
Yuri, 25, is responsible for planning of ads on the Internet, he is a fan of ring races and of Honda. He thinks that crazy pseudo drivers should be deprived of licences. His car – Honda Civic Type R.
Daniil, 21, a sales manager, the champion of Kazakhstan in drag racing in 2010. His tuned car costs about 50,000 dollars. The car – Toyota Mr2 sw20 Turbo.
Sergey, 25, the head of IT-department, owns Toyota Supra, spent 15,000 dollars on car tuning. His advice is to always be adequate and remember about your relatives who are waiting for you at home.
Salima, 24, a purchase specialist, loves speed for an extraordinary sensation of flying, pleasure, fun. The car – Mitsubishi Eclipse G2pecialist.
Arslan, 24, a businessman, prefers driving to smoking and drinking and advises not to buy licences, but go to a driving school. The car – Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 7.
Alexander, 22, works in the building business, participates in auto shows or exhibitions and is keen on riding on a sportbike YAMAHA R6 . The car – BMW M3 E36, 1994.
Vyacheslav, a businessman, a repeated winner of the Red Field couple. He wishes to tune his car in USA, Japan or in Europe. Like other professional drivers, Vyacheslav advises not to hog and learn to drive by yourself. The car – Nissan GTR.
Nikolay, 31, is engaged in auto-tuning, he is a member of Autronic Racing Team and a repeated winner of drag racings and likes all types of autosport. His advice: “Don’t be the best, be loved!” The cars – Drag Race car AUDI 80 Quattro Turbo and Street Race Audi Coupe Quattro Turbo.