The drag race competition world in Thailand—much like other automotive enthusiast-based activities in that region—is bigger than ever. Take Drag Star 2018, for example. Hosted at Buriram United Dragster track for its inaugural event, the showdown brought in more than 400 cars, and included everything from standard modified street cars to purpose-built drag cars, tube-frame chassis, dragsters, pickup trucks, and more.
Although the drag strip is more than five hours from Bangkok, droves of competitors made their way to what ended up being the largest event of its kind in Thailand—which is no small feat. The country presents some interesting obstacles that go beyond the long drive to attend events like Drag Star. Take the weather, for example; unpredictable and often unforgiving, Mother Nature made sure to keep things interesting with a healthy downpour during the event. Not a problem, as organizers used competitors' qualifying run results to dictate standings.
Once the dust settled (and washed away by the downpour), numerous personal bests were topped and records shattered. One of the biggest draws for this event is the track itself, which although inconvenient is Thailand's crown jewel, and was considered by just about everyone in attendance to be the very best in the region.
Our friend and triggerman Streetmetal was on hand to catch the action and sent over a ton of photo content. Enjoy!
Custom fabrication is the norm in Thailand, as labor rates are incredibly low. Pie-cut tubing, one-off manifolds, and more can be found on all makes and models.
A Precision Turbo sits atop a built V8 attached to this dragster that also sees a shot of nitrous during battle.
As iconic in Thailand as it is anywhere else in the world, the Supra is revered on and off the track.
Anytime there's a drag racing event in Thailand, you're sure to come across a handful of dedicated truck builds. One of the more wild, purpose-built trucks competing was this pickup with a compound turbo system utilizing a Garrett and GReddy turbo combo.
S2000 sporting a twin-scroll turbo set up and Pro-Jay billet intake manifold with 105mm throttle body
This 2.7L, naturally aspirated Civic set its personal best with a blistering 8.5s pass.
Race action went on throughout the day and well into the night.