This is a really, really interesting video. What you are about to watch is a Vice News report about the drag racing and street racing scene in Indonesia. The parallels between the world of drag acing there and the world of drag racing here are kind of stunning. This is doubly true for the street racing scene. There’s big money, there’s nights where you wait around until sunrise and nothing happens, there’s occasional carnage, and there’s the cops…loads of them.
The neat thing is that we see the illicit street racing stuff and the sanctioned “national event” style racing that they do there as well. While the tracks are humble and by our standards maybe short on some of the stuff we expect here in the USA, they are packed with people, competitors, and talented wrenches as well. The motorcycles are tiny displacement machines and they are stripped of everything. The tires make a typical drag race front runner look like a top fuel slick. Knowing this stuff, you are rightly assuming that the riders are not exactly heavyweights. These are young guys and they are rock stars over there.
Lastly, the documentary follows one particular rider closely. This dude dropped out of school at 16 years old and drag races for a living. It is not a glamorous existence and the whole thing is gritty as hell but it speaks to the fact that drag racing legally and street racing illegally are virtually identical to each other in terms of culture across the world.
We talk a lot about drag racing as a global thing…watch this and see why.