BMW Motorrad celebrates Grand Opening with
the launch of the K1200 S ‘power plant on wheels’
The Grand Opening of BMW Motorrad at V.V.P. Automobile
was a historic event for all the motorbike fans of the Northern region. The
parking place of V.V.P. Dealer looked like a motorbike parade in full force
or as government sources would say: “Chiang Mai will be the Biker Hub of
Ruser saying, “This motorbike is a power plant on two wheels.”
The reason of the huge turnout was the launch of the
latest BMW K 1200 S, which was introduced to the public for the first time
in Thailand. Erwin Ruser, Thailand’s Motorrad Manager had the honor to
ride it into the showroom and said in his introduction that the word sport
is redefined with this BMW K 1200 S series, designed for the most intense
experience yet on asphalt. He called it a ‘power plant on two wheels’
and power in its purest form. With acceleration of 0-100 kph in 2.8 seconds
and a top speed approaching 280 kph, it is a true sports bike which will
easily rival the best from Japan, while at the same time deliver legendary
BMW road manners.
Mai Bikers turned up in full force.
His enthusiasm for this new motorcycle, which has
received universal acclaim overseas, was obviously shared by the Chiang Mai
biker fraternity that had turned out in full force to see this new machine
and its showroom.
Khanthamala (2nd right)
was the winner of the Lucky Draw.
As an additional incentive, the Grand Opening featured a lucky draw for a
25,000 baht BMW helmet. This was fittingly won by Sonthaya Khanthamala, an
enthusiast with three BMW motorcycles.
Thailand beats Singapore in warm-up friendly
Thailand women came out on top against Singapore with a
final score of 3-1 in the warm-up match at the Women’s Under-19s
International Friendly at the 700 Year Anniversary Stadium on October 23.
Thailand will host the FIFA U-19 Women’s World
Championship 2004 which will be held beginning November 10.
The Thai team dominated possession for most of the first
30 minutes of the game, but the Singaporeans rallied and netted the only goal
in the first half.
The coaches of both teams went to work during half-time,
trying to coax the last little bit of sparkle from their tired players.
In the second half, Singapore conceded a free kick from
the 29 yard line and Thailand took the opportunity to level the score at 1-1.
In the 78th minute, with Thailand again in possession, a stunning solo run
saw the Thailand girl sweeping past three Singaporean defenders and score,
putting her team in the lead. Six minutes later, Thailand scored from a
cross, with the game ending 3-1 in favor of the home team.
“This was a trial match to test the field conditions
before the actual FIFA Women’s World Cup kicks off,” said Dr Santi
Pongpandecha, manager of the Chiang Mai football field for the tournament.
The Football Association of Thailand will test all
relevant systems at the stadium, including the condition of the field,
preparedness of the province and the juniors who will escort teams onto the
field, as well as the live telecasting system.
The 700 Year Anniversary Stadium in Chiang Mai will be
used for one match in the first round and two matches in the second round
between November 10-21.
After the trial match, Naruemol Siriwat, the Thai national
team manager, said they had picked up additional playing techniques and that
Thailand seemed to be more confident playing against teams from Europe and
“Combat for Kids” from FT Fitness
Mugging to music?
In a drive to extend fitness training to the masses, FT
Fitness has been providing outdoor martial arts exercises at the Municipality
Stadium. This has proved to be very popular, but will be moved to an area in
front of Simon Chiang Mai (next to Rim Ping Chotana) in few weeks.
“We aim to change people’s attitude to view FT Fitness
as a place for people of all ages and all social levels,” said Sachuseth
Ruengdechsuwan, marketing manager of FT Fitness (Thailand).
As part of this concept, it has launched the “Combat for
Kids” for children aged 6 to 12. Chiang Mai had many clubs and centers
providing Tae Kwon Do training but there was no place providing martial arts
mixed with music, so the “Combat for Kids” would be a new enjoyable
activity for Chiang Mai kids, said Sachuseth. “We target kids because our
recent tests show that kids aged 6-12 possess a higher capacity for rhythm
development and step dancing than adults,” said Sachuseth.
A one hour workshop (free of charge) will be arranged for
children at many primary and secondary schools in Chiang Mai during this second
Applications will be accepted from November 1 at FT Fitness
located at Rim Ping Department Store (Chotana). Price is 700 baht per course
and courses will be at weekends. For more information please call
Chiang Mai hosts Northern Football and Volleyball Championships
The World Vision Foundation of Thailand arranged the
Northern Football and Volleyball Championships for children aged under 12 from
the eight Northern provinces during October at the 700 Year Anniversary
Stadium, Chiang Mai.
seated, from left) Sompong Chantee, from the 700 Year Anniversary Stadium;
Chusak Wuthiwaropas, director of the World Vision Foundation; Kamol
Thaiyapirom, from the Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB), Northern
Office; and Dr Surasing Visaruttarat of the Chiang Mai Provincial Public Health
Office with the young athletes taking part in the event.
These sporting events were part of the Foundation’s
program of the HOPE Initiative to solve AIDS and drug use among Thai teenagers
by using sport and music as tools to attract their interest and keep them away
from the drug circle.
of the athletes (center) speaks at the event.
The winning teams of both football and volleyball
competitions will be eligible to compete at the national competition to be held
at Thammasart University’s main field in Bangkok November 27-December 1.
After the three-day local competition, Ban Huay Muang Fang
Sai School team from Chiang Mai became the volleyball champions while the Ban
Pa Sang School team from Chiang Rai and Ban Suan Luang School team from Phrae
were the first and second runners up respectively.
Ban Tar Talad School team from Chiang Rai became the winner of the football
championship after beating Ban Nam Mong Pang Sa School from Nan, the first
runner up team, by 3 goals to 1. Ban Huay Poo Ling team from Mae Hong Son and
Ban Ta Kam from Chiang Mai were the second and third runners up.
Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”
CH3, the oldest hash club (males) in Chiang Mai is picked up
from the Hash House Pub on Mondays at 16.00 once every 2 weeks. Pick up can be
arranged from Fish and Chips shop as well.
CUM H3 is a male run. Pick-up every Tuesday at 4 pm from
Fish ‘n Chip Shop, Ratchawitti Road (opposite Irish Pub). A fun run for
males. No committee.
CSH3 is a mixed Saturday hash which is picked up from the H3
Pub on Moon Mueng Road every Saturday at 15.30. Pick up can be arranged from
Fish and Chips shop as well.
Chiang Mai’s Happy H3 is a new club with a mixture of
traditional values and progressive thinking. Very democratic, good runs and
“on on’s” guaranteed. On on on at Clubroom. Pick-up from Fish ‘n Chip
Shop, Ratchawitti Road, 4 p.m. every Saturday.
BH3 female hash (Harriettes) runs once a month on the last
Sunday of the month. Pickup from Hash House Pub on the corner of Soi 2 at Moon
Muang Rd. is at 3.30 p.m. during the winter and 4 p.m. during the summer.
For more information visit:
All information either from Fish and Chips, H3 or “ONON”
Pub. Or look at the websites at: http://www.thai-american.com/hhh/
It’s great fun and you surely get value for your money plus you get to
meet all the long-time expats here!
Chiang Mai Pool league