Every year we publish about the ladies yearly racing event RoadRush which takes place at Bahrain International Circuit. This year however, a different kind of rush will take place tomorrow. The RoadRush Carnival will be held at the new Sirbb Circuit next to Ford in front of Tilal. It seems really exciting so do not miss out.
It seems Ali Alghanim & Sons Automotive has signed a deal with Oula Fuel Stations to include a service center for BMW, Mini, and Land Rover at their gas stations. As I was fueling my car at Oula Station near Kuwait International Fair in Mishref today I spotted the newly opened center.
They said they provide quick services such as changing engine oil and filter, break pads, general maintenance…etc. This would be great to avoid Shuweikh and Al Rai traffic jams if only other car dealers do the same.
Remember my post about the first Arabian-made supercar (er, hypercar) so called Lykan Hypersport with 1Million Kuwaiti Dinar (well KD959,000 to be more precise) price tag?
I saw this video that puts this hypercar to the test in Dubai. This supercar produces 751 horsepower and accelerates from 0-100 km/h in merely 2.8 secs (that’s even faster than GT-R) and reach astonishing top speed of 395 km/hr. So now Lykan or 500 sq. meter villa in Spain?
While heading to work in the early morning today I spotted what looked like to be a steel structure frame with speed camera fixed on it on King Fahad highway. I called a friend who works at MOI, he said that these are the new average speed cameras that will calculate the average speed between two points (for example from point A to B) for speeding cars. So if the average speed exceeds 120 KM/Hr a ticket will be issued. These cameras are placed about 10 KMs apart.
This new system is smart and resembles the one installed on 1st ring road, so the technique in which drivers decelerate when reaching the speed camera and accelerate after passing it won’t work, not anymore. They say they installed the new system because most drivers now know exactly the locations of normal speed cameras over Kuwait streets. Of course the only way to evade the new average speed cameras is by taking the exit right after passing the first camera (if there are any).
Dreams do come true after all! Well, at least some of them. I received a message today from my dear friend Mr. Zakaria Dashti from Historical Vintage & Classic Cars Museum telling me that the first ever racing track in Kuwait is set to open next Thursday at the museum in Shuweikh at 5:30 PM exact. And yes I was told the invitation is open to the public. Marvelous!
I always dreamed to see a racing track in Kuwait, I know this is every sport car driver’s dream in Kuwait. It’s about time to have our own racing track where speed lovers can enjoy racing instead of abusing public streets and putting other souls at risk every day and night.
I was able to get some sneak peek pictures for the mini racing track that they shared on their instagram account, I’m not yet exactly sure how big and long the track is and if they are going to organize races and championships but I promise to get you more details after I attend the upcoming opening event. The tracks does look nice with crash barriers installed and colored curb and signs and looks almost ready for the acceleration paddles.
I’m happy from the deep bottom of my heart, I’m looking forward to the day when we have an international Formula One Circuit in Kuwait. As for now, thanks to the Historical Vintage & Classic Cars Museum for their great achievements and accomplishments.
I was looking for a taxi to take me to Kuwait Airport later tonight so I called several taxis and got different rates varying from KD5 up to KD10. Actually I always wondered why tariff systems and devices installed in taxis never work in Kuwait, its all based on bargain. I remember one time I chit chatted with a foreigner at the arrivals zone in Kuwait International Airport who said that the first time he came to Kuwait the taxi charged him over KD50 to take him to Salmiya! Now that’s a total ripoff!
I’m sure that deceitful taxi was not among those that work at Kuwait Airport, most probably from those impostors who stand in the arrival zone to look for victims and claim to be a taxi cab. Anyway, I think Ministry of Comm. has to start applying a real tariff system for all taxis in Kuwait to bring this issue to an end. Meanwhile, I stumbled upon this helpful website so-called Numbeo that assists you to estimate the normal taxi rates in Kuwait by entering the required trip (from and to) and then it will calculate the average tripe price. Excellent.
I tried to test it so I entered the trip from Qadisiya to Kuwait Airport and I got the results below:
So according to Numbeo my average trip price will be around KD7.14 which is close to the usual amount that I normally pay (KD5 – KD6). Another feature that I liked about this website is that it gave the road directions from my area to Kuwait Airport and highlighted the route on the map just like Google Maps, see above. The currency can be entered in KD, USD, GBP, EUR…etc. which is also helpful.
I’m not sure if this website is new or old but it is surely helpful and useful especially for those who are visiting Kuwait for the first time or use taxis quite often. So what do you think?
When I saw above photos for a dude using a crane to lift his GT to the top of his house, I thought he’s totally out of his mind but turned out he’s doing this so that Abdul Fatah doesn’t confiscate the car which is usually used for drifting over Kuwait. A friend of mine said Abdul Fatah informed all car registration companies to not renew any registrations for these cars.
Driving in Kuwait can get pretty risky sometimes even with all those speed cameras installed everywhere. A friend of ours has shared with us a story that happened with him while driving on King Fahad highway and I wanted to share it with you:
“I saw this maniac coming up fast from behind while I was travelling at 100km/hr (speed limit). I horned him as he flashed past, and flashed my lights to suggest he slow down. He stops, asks “What you want” several times, then grabs my phone ( I got it back), and twice kicks the door (hear the thuds), and then leaves, unaware the whole episode is being recorded. Highway 40, 7:40am 30/7/2012 . Ever tried to make a complaint to the police here? Last time I tried, I was sent to 3 other police stations and had to bring an interpreter – no police station would take the complaint, eventually I realised that complaints from expats is highly discouraged. I see scores of similar (speeding) incidents every day.”