Trivia: What does the CMH bid’s winner have to do with the now defunct Go-Kart racing tracks at BoonLay/Jurong (beside AYE)?
Singapore Agro Agriculture, or SAA, the company behind food and retail hub, Turf City, lost.
Sports Services, or SS, fronted and linked to Haw Par Corporation, lost.
Appropriately named SG Changi, emerged victorious with its bid to turn Singapore’s first permanent racetrack into reality.
As usual, grand plans like a racing academy, a 120 roomed hotel, lots of F&B outlets — although no word if Changi Village’s nasi lemak stalls will park there — , a museum and a beach front.
A BEACH FRONT? Wait a minute, a 30 years lease and we’re going to build a beach front???
In any case, the somewhere around $300Million plan does sound good, and I wonder why the other’s lost.
Could it be, of which I’m purely speculating in jest and totally not at all serious with, that SAA’s bid included a hyprophonics farm or a corn estate, which coincidentally can be utilised as fuel? Or perhaps most of the decision making lies with people not wanting another ‘Turf City’ in the eastern side of Singapore?
Could it also be, of which I’m purely speculating in jest and totally not at all serious with, that SS’s bid included an underwater racing track, in line with the company’s majestic stewardship of oceanarium around the region.
I don’t know, I’m just guessing wildly.
But if I was a tycoon and I had wadloads of spare cash (yes spare cash, not some leveraged debt or loans) I’ll gladly focus on getting a world class track, with world class seating arena and viewing facilities, and instead of trying to be a jack of all trades, I’d go with being Master of racing amenities in the region, if not the world.
Then there’d be racing events every week. You name it, kart racing, drag racing, drift racing, motorbike racing, horse racing, dog racing, and if there’s enough interests, shopping trolley racings even. Of course only leagally sponsored trolleys will be allowed. Those taken illegally from supermarkets will be handed over to the authorities.
Thankfully, for Singapore’s sake, I don’t have wadloads of spare cash, and so I hope SG Changi goes out to create a world beating track there.
Answer to trivia above: They’re both owned by the same Boss, Mr Thia Yoke Kian.