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Racewars Thailand 2016

The best of the best gather for an airstrip showdown

Jan 3, 2017
Photographer: Chad Burdette

A few things became very apparent when Chad Burdette, our freelance photo contributor-at-large, made his way to Nong Kho Airstrip in Pattaya, Thailand, for Racewars presented by Connection Thailand and TAM Engineering. The first, and most exciting, was the fact that some of the most incredible builds you can possibly imagine made their way to the event. Everything from highly modified RX-7 FDs and Supras, to R35s and Audis. Essentially a car guy's paradise, the event centered on a quarter mile drag race that was, strangely enough, initiated by a light tree for some races and a person flagging for others. The other thing Burdette noticed in rather short order is the event was not run by the same style of rules you'd likely find in the United States. Helmets are optional, ride-alongs are just fine, and trackside viewing, without so much as the most basic of guardrails, is encouraged. Because of the massive crowd in attendance, Burdette wasn't able to get a clear view of the actual racing once the trackside areas filled up. Nevertheless he sent back a huge file of images, and some of these cars are deserving of their own feature, without question.

Racewars thailand toyota mr2 Photo 2/79   |   Racewars Thailand Toyota Mr2

In addition to the race action that took place throughout the day, a huge theater-sized projection screen was set up to air the Fast and Furious series as well as a drifting exhibition, dozens of food trucks and food booths, multiple DJs, and even a tattoo tent which apparently stayed pretty busy throughout the 12-hour event.

Racewars thailand nissan skyine gtr Photo 3/79   |   Racewars Thailand Nissan Skyine Gtr

The fun and lighthearted event took a serious turn once the clocked near midnight, as Burdette noticed the event announcer getting the crowd riled up and some competitors began signing contracts and counting out large stacks of money. Thanks to a local friend who acted as a translator, a number of grudge matches that had been set up months prior were set to take place with dollar amounts as low as $1,000 and as high as $10,000!

Racewars thailand mitsubishi evo wagon Photo 4/79   |   Racewars Thailand Mitsubishi Evo Wagon

We've come across this Mitsubishi wagon a few times now and it's become a favorite or ours. So much so that we've tasked Chad with tracking it down to get a complete shoot on this little monster.

Racewars thailand nissan silvia s15s Photo 5/79   |   Racewars Thailand Nissan Silvia S15s

Just your average group of badass S15s lined up and ready to go. NBD.

Racewars thailand mazda fd rx7 Photo 6/79   |   Racewars Thailand Mazda Fd Rx7

Perfect body, incredible aero, Volk CE28s - this FD was just one example of the awesome builds that made their way to Racewars Thailand.

Racewars thailand 4th gen honda prelude Photo 7/79   |   Racewars Thailand 4Th Gen Honda Prelude

Among the high-end sports cars were also plenty of Honda builds. This 4th-gen. Prelude, for example, complete with widened fenders and plenty of downforce-generating goodies, carried an aggressive look.

Racewars thailand driver challenge Photo 8/79   |   Racewars Thailand Driver Challenge

A little trash talk, a signed contract, and cold, hard cash - money runs began to filter in as the midnight hour neared.

Racewars thailand twin turbo nissan sr20 Photo 9/79   |   Racewars Thailand Twin Turbo Nissan Sr20

How often do you come across a twin turbo SR20DET???

Racewars thailand toyota supras Photo 10/79   |   Racewars Thailand Toyota Supras

Just a small sample of the Supras in attendance

Racewars thailand nissan skylines Photo 11/79   |   Racewars Thailand Nissan Skylines

If you caught Chad's last photo journey in Thailand, which landed him in the midst of a Skyline meet, you might recognize some of the GT-Rs scattered throughout Racewars.

Racewars thailand custom jeep Photo 12/79   |   Racewars Thailand Custom Jeep
Racewars thailand itb v8 engine Photo 13/79   |   Racewars Thailand Itb V8 Engine

Just in front of the R35 and Porsche 991 sat this completely custom Jeep creation with V8 ITB power!

Racewars thailand toyota corolla Photo 14/79   |   Racewars Thailand Toyota Corolla

A widened and well-maintained Corolla making its way through the parking lot - though the sun went down, racing continued beyond the night and into early morning.

Racewars thailand mazda rx7s Photo 15/79   |   Racewars Thailand Mazda Rx7s
Racewars thailand mazda rx7s Photo 16/79   |   Racewars Thailand Mazda Rx7s

The RX-7 FD seems to the car of choice in Thailand, with incredible versions seen all over the event.

Racewars thailand top secret supra Photo 23/79   |   Racewars Thailand Top Secret Supra
Racewars thailand nissan silvia Photo 33/79   |   Racewars Thailand Nissan Silvia
Racewars thailand orange twin turbo s15 Photo 43/79   |   Racewars Thailand Orange Twin Turbo S15
Racewars thailand mitsubisihi evo Photo 53/79   |   Racewars Thailand Mitsubisihi Evo
Racewars thailand boxza racing booth Photo 63/79   |   Racewars Thailand Boxza Racing Booth
Racewars thailand mazda rx7s Photo 73/79   |   Racewars Thailand Mazda Rx7s
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