The 8 Different Types of Car Enthusiasts in Singapore

Published by on . Updated on 18 May 2020


From carpark guys to regulars at the Sepang International Circuit up north, there are many different types of car enthusiasts in Singapore. The question is, which one are you?

Car enthusiasts are a special breed of people. While some may find them interesting, most people find them extremely boring and like to keep their distance from them. While that may be true to other forms of interest groups, people with an interest in cars usually stick together in a group. Contrary to popular belief, that’s because it’s a topic that involves a lot of socialising and knowledge, and it is definitely not because no one else will talk to them.

We decided to find out how many types of car enthusiasts exist in Singapore. After looking into it and consulting with actual car enthusiasts (The Next Thing), we came up with a list of eight different types of car enthusiasts in Singapore.

1. The Pedal to the Metal

Race Cars(Photo Credit: Pexels)

These are the ones who enjoy the speed and adrenaline rush. In the past, you would most likely find them in the now-defunct Xin Wang Hong Kong Café in Marina Square. But in recent years, it seems that they have now disappeared into thin air with the Traffic Police chasing them around. Word is that they have secretly gone underground.

2. The No Track No Life

Race Car(Photo Credit: Pexels)

These are the drivers who head to track events at Sepang, near Kuala Lumpur, bi-monthly to break their own previous lap times. You would most likely see them changing their performance tyres very frequently because of the sheer amount of rubber they burn. Sometimes you can see them eating ‘chap chye peng’ (economy rice) and bread for a month just for the passion they have, which makes them go broke fast.

3. The Traffic Light Fanatic

Car Racing
(Photo Credit: carwow)

Nope, we are not talking about the normal traffic lights with the green man. We are talking about the ‘Christmas Tree’ traffic light for drag racing. This is where both cars are positioned side-by-side and shooting through a straight road for a quarter-mile once the Christmas lights turns green, just like the Fast and Furious movies!

4. The Carpark Guys

Carpark Car Park(Photo Credit: Pexels)

These drivers are commonly armed with their own camping chairs, power banks and drinks at carparks. They do not cause much disturbance to the public as they prefer their own quiet space to chill with their groups/clubs. At their meetings, they like to talk about life directions and find out what are the latest modifications they can get to ‘up’ the aesthetic look of their car.

5. The Business-Minded Person


Normally you will find them in car interest groups online. They are the ones who promote their services and products during meet-ups, Facebook posts and in Whatsapp groups without proper permission or authorisation from the admins. Yeah, they are usually just there for the business.

6. The Always Count Me In

Nissan GTR r-34 Skyline(Photo Credit: Pexels)

These are the people who are constantly asking, “where got event?!” They are normally the first person to register for any Motorsports event. It can be so widespread and common that you can just enter his or her name into the list first without even asking if the person is attending. There is also an 80% chance that the person has a Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) car too (etc. Subaru Impreza, Mistubishi Evo).

7. The Lemon
Lemon Law

(Photo Credit: Driven Autos)

These are the keyboard warriors who are constantly criticise other cars and see his favourite car make as the best. Ironically though, this is usually someone without a car, and they can be commonly found on forums like HardwareZone and in the comment sections on STOMP.

8. The Car(less) Lover

Luxury Car Vending Machine ABM Singapore(Photo Credit: Reuters)

This person likes cars a lot, just cars in its stock factory form without modifications, because they believe the manufacturer knows what is best. This person can identify almost any car on the road and tell you anything and everything about it. The only catch is, this person usually does it from the back of a Grab or a bus, because this person can’t afford a car in Singapore.

This article was produced with the help of The Next Thing. The Next Thing was established in 2016 with the goal of providing affordable Motorsports events for all Singapore car enthusiast. All events are subsidized through the help of various sponsors to enable more Singaporeans from all walks of life to experience the joy of Motorsports.

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yea i see these Business-Minded Person people in almost every car interest group that i'm in ?

over 5 years ago

sad to admit that i'm the car(less) lover :-(

over 5 years ago