Speech by Penang Chief Minister
Penang Automall Pakelo Lubricants Autofest 2014 - Street Challenge
Automall, Persiaran Karpal Singh
14 September 2014 (Sunday), 12.30pm
Good afternoon, Salam Bahagia and Salam Bersih.
It is a great pleasure to be invited here today to officiate this special event, and to share a few words before the roaring start of The Pakelo Lubricants Autofest Street Challenge 2014 at the newly named Karpal Singh Drive. This, ladies and gentlemen, the return of the four wheel auto racing to the streets of Penang after a 20 year hiatus is another historic milestone for auto racing in Penang.
Younger generations may not know this but the State has been a popular venue of the Penang Circuit Races back in the 70’s and 80’s. Back in the days when we see sandbags put up around the Esplanade area means the races are back in town, and it got our adrenaline all worked up. Today, with the dedication of many fine men and contributions from various corporations in Penang, we are all fortunate to again feast our eyes on the excitement that is about to begin.
We could see that the popularity of this form of motorsport is growing fast, and that is because of its ease of accessibility, and relatively low cost of participation. The Pakelo Autofest 2014 - Street Challenge offers the perfect venue for young, avid racers to show off their skills and mental mettle in a comparatively safer environment under the supervision of professionals.
I was duly informed that the highlight of today’s event is the auto gymkhana. It is no less historic where you will witness it being held for the first time on a street along Persiaran Karpal Singh. The term auto gymkhana might be less familiar to some, and to shed some light it is a form of autocross, and the goal is for the driver to memorize the course to achieve the fastest time possible. It is to test not only the car’s performance but also the driver's physical skills and mental concentration in navigating their way around the course.
Finally, I wish to congratulate the organizer Pakelo and LCT Oilmaster Sdn Bhd and Automall for a job well done, may the day be as fabulous as the event for all of us. Thank you for having me, salam sejahtera and have a great day.