Racing With Old School Scooters

Banaue in Ifugao, Philippines are known for their rice terraces but apart from the scenic route, the locale is also known for their wooden scooter races. The Ifugao or “people of the hill” race carved wooden scooters downhill reaching speeds over 30 mph with nothing else on but their traditional garb and some flip flops. Wooden scooters were widely used for transporting rice locally but remains to be an alternative mode of transportation to gas-powered motorcycles. With nothing but maneuvering skills, carving the best wooden wheels, and gravity to move them forward, these racers are sticking to their indigenous roots when it comes to showing what real racing is like.

Handcrafted wooden scooter

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ONE OF THE RACERS

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