Never ones to let …

Never ones to let a good opportunity go to waste, the good folks at Changi Airport came up with a novel, albeit cheesy, event in early September that appears to have been aimed at simultaneously tackling two pressing issues — the problem of sagging air passenger and cargo demand along with the ever-valuable opportunity for […]


Never ones to let a good opportunity go to waste, the good folks at Changi Airport came up with a novel, albeit cheesy, event in early September that appears to have been aimed at simultaneously tackling two pressing issues — the problem of sagging air passenger and cargo demand along with the ever-valuable opportunity for some extra publicity courtesy of Singapore’s Formula One night race. And so…the first-ever jetliner-versus-car race in Asia was staged, pitting a Porsche 911 GT3 Carrera against a Jett8 Airlines Cargo B747-200F. We’re not kidding — we didn’t Photoshop the photo either! But if you think about it, why not. Changi clearly had some surplus runway capacity they could spare and most certainly Jett8 had nothing better to do with its B747 Classic freighter that has spent innumerable days idling on the sun-baked tarmac at Changi Airport. Maybe this could be the next big thing in televised racing sport, not to mention a potentially lucrative sponsorship and endorsement driven revenue stream for beleaguered cargo airlines the world over. Imagine racing 747s against each other, along the lines of drag races and monster truck rallies! The California desert is just the place to host it too! Anyway, fear not if you missed this landmark event, you can still witness the heart pounding, adrenalin stirring, goose pimple provoking event at Changi Airport’s website: http://www. changiairport.com/race. Oh, and in case you’re wondering… it was the Porsche by a nose. See, that will teach you for using a clunky old -200! Next year we hope to see a 747-8 in pole position.