Colombo’s street races and the state of change


Just over 3.5 years ago I wrote a post about Illegal street racing in Colombo (punch those words into Google, click the “I’m feeling lucky” button and see what you get). The post did have a few “issues” which are hammered out in the interesting stream of comments it generated. Now street racing has become a form of civic entertainment. Anointed with blessing from on high.

Such is the nature of change. Sri Lanka isn’t used to such an accelerated pace of it. Yet change it self is the only contant. Its the pace of change that, for the lack of better words – changes. I suppose things will eventually settle down when we adjust. But not for long. Seat belts of the mental kind should always stay fastened. But not too tightly to prevent us from enjoying the ride.

Swerving back from munching metaphors, it would be interesting to hear the back story of how all this automotive changes came about. The truth, if it ever comes out would be too bizarre to believe. I wonder if the legit driving scene is made up of a different crowd – on a wise, better connected veterans of the less formal days of yore. What ever the case, the comment box awaits your insider stories.

Hope the weekend was fun and safe – and keeps staying so.

Now off you go to make sure the kolla has polished the Lamborghini properly….

6 comments

  1. I’m pretty sure that if we were to leave the island today and come back in another 10 years or so, the place would be changed beyond recognition. For the longest time, this wasn’t the case here.🙂

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  2. I’m not too sure what you’re implying when you say you have kolla’s polishing your Labo…. Dodgy to be sure🙂

    As for back stories, not too much to it. The Crown Princes feel the Need for Speed, and that makes things happen. Everyone is just along for the ride.

    Although there are plenty of back stories now that its done and dusted, as far as the racing goes. The public show was great, but where there is competition, there is also things happening in the heat of competition. More than Dilantha M’s alleged business dealings that made the papers.

    Didn’t grab a camera and make it out there Cerno? Was quite fun.

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    • Arg the typos!!! Thank you for pointing that one out😀 Lately I haven’t been able to go outside the daily grind. Hopefully the holidays might change that for a few days🙂

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    • Great photos! Specially for night shots with fast moving tagets like this one (my fav). If I’d taken them there would have been under exposed pitch black shots or over exposed blurs of light. What was the secret photo sauce? The track lights and a supped up camera?

      The Lambo Gallardo defiled with all those sponsor stickers is a heart breaker and who ever owns the Porsche Carrera must be too broke to pay their water bill to wash it. Good thing you added that pic of the Mickey mouse bike graphics to lighten the mood.

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