Souped up cars rev up for the action
A ‘stunt’ driver prepares to take off
Hundreds line up along the ‘road’ watching the show
The smell of burning rubber and deafening noise are a serious irritant
Nothing, it seems, could keep ‘Messi’ away!
Toddlers go with their elders to the show
One of the ‘better-dressed’ vehicles
A recovery truck, playing multiple roles, is critical to the entire operation
Time for a tire change
These are some of my very ‘brave’ pictures from a weekend activity in Bahrain, held in a not so remote, but difficult to reach, part of the island.
Scores of car stunt enthusiasts get together every Friday to indulge in this dangerous activity on a kilometre stretch of road in Karbabad and are watched by a several hundred strong crowd of mostly youngsters who cheer their every move and even act as ‘helpers’ when there cars get stuck in the sand.
The participants come equipped with spare tires, a mobile workshop, recovery trucks (which bring in the super-souped vehicles) and make proper arrangements for spectators to have a drink and snacks while they watch.
The overwhelming smell of burning rubber, the smoke, fumes and above all, the deafening noise make it very uncomfortable but no one seems to mind the couple of hours’ discomfort in the name of a thrilling sport!
I tried taking some upfront shots but wasn’t able to, considering how dangerous it could be. These shots, from behind large cars and trucks and from a safe distance, are, however, self-explanatory!