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It all started at a gathering of a handful automobile sport fans when it was seriously considered whether the fire of passion for autosports in Macau could be ignited. After almost 20 years of waiting, the Macau Autosports Club (MAC) was at last brought into being. It was an association formed entirely by devoted supporters of the automobile sport. The establishment of this organization was officially signed and approved at the Registration Bureau in Taipa on 17th April 1985. It was furthermore registered with the Macau Sports Committee and included in its dutiful activities “…to organize wireless remote control and four-wheel automobile sport, in addition to items in the Macau Grand Prix…”.

There were heaps of things to do to start the ball rolling, such as membership drive, drawing up realistic urgent basic requirements, looking into and formulating regulations for the upcoming race events, and searching for a venue suitable for automobile sport training and/or race.

 Initial contacts were therefore made with the Government to request the authority to provide a provisional site in Taipa as the venue for staging the first show of cross-country motorcycling on 8th February 1987. Through that show, a number of organizational shortcomings were exposed. But it should not be forgotten that the volunteering organizers were new hands at organizational work. Shortfalls were naturally unavoidable in the circumstances. After all, the very first competition event was carried out.

Worthy of the archive were a set of manually designed drawings of the simple-outlook cross-country motorcycling racing track, a set of regulations revised in the light of the competition regulations in force then in Hong Kong and Portugal, letters submitted to and from the Macau Sports Committee reporting on the activities of this competition and the collection of cuttings of newspapers coverage.

On the other hand, there was one thing concerning the future of MAC. It was to make the application to join the Portugal Motorcycling Federation and it was accepted. The Club has thus become the only organization in Macau given authorization to organize motorcycling race events.

 During 1987, a committee of the Club once again approached the Government to seek approval for using the Club’s proposed site, where there were basic conditions, as the venue for go-kart racing. The site, situated next to the Macau Trotting Club, was concrete-paved and earmarked for the future Taipa Sports Ground, but was being used temporarily as a parking lot. All that required were simple alteration and addition works to turn the site into a provisional go-kart racing course equipped with basic conditions. This venue, which was subsequently called Kartodrome, was in use until mid 1993. It was slightly smaller than the required area initially calculated. 

The initially designed racing track, after a short period, was in part taken up to meet the need of urbanization. And certain zones along the racing track, at the same time, were put under speed limits when speed signs were placed by a few organizers due to their lack of experience. There was a set of modified racing regulations primarily based on the ones using in Hong Kong and Portugal at the time. All of such, the text together with the valuable experience, was kept in the files as cherished reminiscences.

Many an afternoon delight had been brought to Macau through activities such as demonstrations of wireless remote control of four-wheel-drive cars and helicopters and some other medium-scale related programs. Among the remote controllers were good friends from Hong Kong. 

The staging of the related programs by MAC was aimed at the continual development of the automobile sport. At the same time it was to recruit more members, some of whom, judging from their age, should have stayed home taking care of their families. Such a sport event, however, could still charm them out of their homes. And through them certain local sponsorship was made available. With the support of sponsorship and coupled with their own means, the racers could then go to Hong Kong to buy brand new or second hand go-kart spare parts. That was the period when go-kart racing in Hong Kong was at its peak while international events were organized every year, attracting many drivers of international standing to race in Hong Kong. This sport had thus enjoyed a greater scope of development and the racing atmosphere was equally buoyant.

The first ever training course was conducted to meet the need for a better grasp of the safety affairs related to racing event. The course included ways of putting out a fire and rescuing a racer, etc. Under the supervision of a fire brigade, track monitors learnt how to deal with sudden accidents of various sorts.

Finally in the same year on 13th and 14th June, the first go-kart trial-race was carried out successfully. However, the event had caused a fair amount of adverse criticisms due to the limitations inherent in the organizer’s lack of experience. The various criticisms were taken on board seriously by the organizer and the related units from different agents. After analysis, the suggestions were applied to raise the level of safety preventive measures at the provisional race course. Everything eventually led to the first Macau Karting Open Championship (MKOC). From then to the end of the year, there were a total of 8 events organized. And here is a brief introduction of the winners back then. The first three winning drivers of the Adult Group in Group C were respectively Gary Sudjana, Carlos Veloso and José Sin. Events for the Junior Group and the Veteran Group were similarly staged. 

In the wake of the first MKOC immediately came some unpleasant things, namely complaints from the residents living in the vicinity. They started a collective signature campaign and submitted their petition to the Office of the Governor, complaining about the noise and environmental pollution caused by the race and the participants of the events. It was then well into November.