Every year, winners from various motorsport disciplines gather for the Race of Champions. It's a time-honored tradition that anchors the end of the racing calendar, and has been held every year without fail since 1988. But it won't be happening this year as organizers have announced its cancellation.

The reason apparently comes down to the political unrest currently erupting in Thailand, where the race was to be held for the second year in a row. Although the protests have been an ongoing phenomenon since 2010, last year's event in Bangkok was apparently unaffected. However an escalation of violence between protestors and government forces has apparently left the Sports Authority of Thailand with little choice but to shut it down.

In the brief statement below, organizers say they are looking at potentially moving the race to another date, but that would likely depend largely on political tensions calming down.
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Race Of Champions 2013 Update

The Sports Authority of Thailand and the organisers of the 2013 Race Of Champions have announced that the event cannot take place as planned on December 14-15 due to the current political situation in Bangkok.

Our thoughts are with the Thai people during this difficult period and we wish that a peaceful solution will soon be found. The Race Of Champions has been held all over the world for 25 consecutive years and we are currently looking at options of repeating the success of last year's event in Bangkok on another date.

Fans who have already purchased tickets for this year's Race Of Champions should contact Thai Ticket Major or their ticketing agent for further information on refunds.


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      ROLO
      • 1 Year Ago
      This "Race of champions" has declined alot in the last 3 years It went from: HOW DO I GET THAT IN THE US?!?!?!? to ohh that came on ?? Plus why even have it there????
      Israel Isassi
      • 1 Year Ago
      Maybe it will help slow down human trafficking for at least a few days.
      Clipper44
      • 1 Year Ago
      Stories like this are why I\'m glad to live in America. Sure we have some political unrest, but it\'s usually just a bunch of hippies climbing trees. Or a group of tea-baggers trying to out \'libertarian\' each other on the National Mall. All-in-all not so bad.
        Trist
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Clipper44
        Or a pack of Republicans shutting the government down because they don't want the U.S. to have universal health care... like some other industrialized nations.
          Clipper44
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Trist
          Well that is a nice way to take a tongue-in-cheek comment and go darkside with it. I bet you are a hoot at dinner parties.
          Cool Disco Dan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Trist
          Obama shut 17% of the government down making sure it was the highly visible parts like parks so that it would hurt average Americans the most. Republicans were just trying to inform the nation of what a failure ACA would be if allowed to go on, and boy has it been bad. And those nations with universal health care are going broke for it or have cut actual health care to dreadfully low levels to cut cost.
          carnut0913
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Trist
          Maybe we just don't trust the government to do a good job, much less a better one than the capital market. Fewer people have insurance now than when ACA was enacted. What does that tell you.
          carnut0913
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Trist
          Sorry. Than before ACA was enacted
          Neez
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Trist
          you mean i'm supposed to pay for other people who didn't try hard in school and work their butts off to get a degree??? F that. I agree with shutting down the government, it was the democrats that blew it way out of proportion, it's especially despicable to put chains on the memorials and not let Vets in. The government workers got a free 2 week vacation. I'm not a republican, fighting on capital hill over a budget is one thing and that happens everywhere, but doing what they did to Vets and the people of this country that truly own the national parks is just a new low. It's not right to do that to people just to get your way. And also, the republican's aren't totally to blame for shutting the nation down. The democrats share the blame equally. Normally our country cuts the total budget into pieces and we pass 10-12 bills normally for all of the budgets. However these past couple years are different, the white house wanted to pass 1 bill for all of the budget because they wanted money for the healthcare law, instead of passing it the normal way and focusing on just 1 bill of say 10. That would mean only very roughly 10% of the government would have been shut down instead of the entire government. Also, you might want to do research on so called "universal health care". That money must come from somewhere and i have a canadian coworker so i've discussed this with him alot. He weighs out his doctors visits on whether or not he should come to the states or go home for care. With his insurance here in the states, he has a $4,300 max out of pocket per year. So depending on the severity he'll stay here and see doctors here if he wants to see specialists and doctors right away for everything and get into surgery relatively quickly. In canada, you can see your normal family doctor right away, but if you need to go further than that and see a specialist, they triage you and you could wait 6 or more months for your visit. In some cases, patients have problems before seeing their specialist and have to have emergency procedures done. The canadian medical equipment is also nowhere near as advanced as in the states where nearly all hospitals have the latest technology. Many wealthier canadians will come to the states to get care because it's simply better here. Also, the tea party just wanted to delay the individual mandate as well. Because really the only reason it doesn't violate the constitution is because they made it a "tax" and the government can tax for whatever reason it wants. The reality is the advocates like to use terms like "wealthy" to describe the people that this will not help, but the poverty level is only $11,500 for an individual and you can only get subsidies up to 4x that. So someone making $46,000 per year will not get any help, and will end up shelling about $1,200 a year for insurance he's overpaying for and doesn't need. They can sort of afford that, but it's going to hurt.
        Cool Disco Dan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Clipper44
        That makes you the teabaggee.
        brandon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Clipper44
        Most of the "teabaggers" since 2008 have been republicans that just claim to be "libertarians" all of a sudden. Also, none of them are trying to out "libertarian" anyone. They all have the same ideals as the pubs they left. Also, given the fact that you threw them out there, it shows how little you know about those that are doing it.
      HH112233
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why have the races in unstable countries? Formula 1 does the same thing. It is risky and people dont attend the event. Bring it back to Europe where it belongs (in my opinion). Germany, Duesseldorf in 2011 was a huge success. Most Racers competing are Europeans. I would not mind the US ether, big fan base here as well.