Sometime middle of January 2017 the Automobile Association of the Philippines (AAP), issued a statement condemning the recent 2017 boss ironman challenge xii held last November 2016.

In said race, many complaints were raised by private individuals such as this video posted on Facebook showing race participants blinding oncoming vehicles with their bright lights.

Here is another video showing several participants racing thru a town.

Finally there is an image of a alleged accident victim making the rounds on social media. A young man named Kevin was apparently run over by participants while these were on the opposing lane. I won’t post the image here due to it being grisly, but also because pending an investigation by the proper authorities this is all speculation at this point.

Here is what the AAP has to say about it:

IRONMAN EVENT PROVES THAT ILLEGAL ROAD RACES ARE DANGEROUS TO EVERYONE’S HEALTH

The other weekend, several videos went viral on Facebook showing motorcyclists participating in the BOSS Ironman Challenge speeding recklessly, disregarding traffic rules and endangering other road users. The 24-hour, 1,200-kilometer endurance race looping around central and northern Luzon on January 14, 2017 reportedly caused casualties in the area.

This prompted the Automobile Association Philippines (AAP) to warn the public, for the umpteenth time, about the dangers of illegal road races.

As the only Philippine affiliate of the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), the governing body for motor sport worldwide, AAP is tasked with the authority and responsibility to sanction four-wheel motor sport events in the country so as to make sure that proper safety measures are taken.

The organizer and sponsors of the 12th BOSS Ironman Challenge held last January 14, however, did not inform AAP about the race although, since 2013, cars have been allowed to participate. In fact, AAP only learned about the race from a press release issued the day before it took place.

AAP president Gus Lagman and AAP motor sport division chair Mandy Eduque condemned illegal road races like the Ironman Challenge for endangering not only the participants, but also bystanders, onlookers and residents of towns through which the racers pass at reckless speeds.

It’s kind of long – winded, so you can read the rest of it on their website.

What I think:

I’m not a terribly safety conscious person myself. I like having fun driving, but I understand as well that mine is not the only life on the line when I’m driving on the streets, and the thought that you can harm others with a stupid mistake weighs deeply on me as would anyone.

What I’m trying to say is, while I like the idea of people having fun with their machines, I deeply and earnestly hope they do so responsibly, with the thought of people’s safety and convenience in mind. That video of 20 – 30 large displacement motorcycles blasting across a country road is ridiculous. No one can cross the road while they’re having their fun. I don’t even want to know what would happen if a small child attempted to cross it. And people who need to cross are greatly inconvenienced.

That video of motorcycle’s led lights blinding oncoming cars is idiotic and selfish. Drivers who blind other drivers with their lights are only thinking of themselves, and don’t even think of what can happen to them as the other car can obviously run into them as a result. The utter stupidity and irresponsibility just makes me shake my head in frustration.

I leave this with a simple question. The Ironmanmotorchallenge.org website states that one of its goals is ‘To develop a new breed of riders and drivers who are disciplined, determined, focused, self-sufficient and able to master the art of road navigation and time and motion management.

The organizers need to ask themselves this: Are they doing this successfully? Are the riders, especially the finishers of the event DISCIPLINED?

If not, if they are not meeting their own standards, then they should think twice before hosting the event again.