Singapore Motorshow: Cheeky cover-up for cars

A behind-the-scenes look at how workers get the cars ready for visitors

The Singapore Motorshow that opened on Thursday may be lined with glitzy new cars and race queens, but the preparations behind the scenes are far from glamorous.

The Straits Times visited the show site at the Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre on Wednesday and caught a glimpse of how cars were readied for the show.

Here are five things that you may not know about the motorshow.

1 Car condoms are used

Most cars are unregistered and cannot be driven on public roads. Some are towed to the venue wrapped in protection cladding fondly called car condoms in the trade.

2 Traffic controller is king

More than 100 cars converging into an exhibition hall the size of 11/2 football fields are likely to cause a traffic jam. To avoid a gridlock, everyone listens to the traffic controllers,who are recognised by their yellow vests.


  • WHERE: Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre, Levels 3 and 4

    WHEN: 10.30am to 10pm today, 10.30am to 8pm tomorrow

    ADMISSION: $6, free for those under 1.2m tall

3 “Trick batteries” power the cars

Have you ever wondered why the electrical gadgets such as entertainment systems and lights continue to work even though the engines are not running? It is because cars are powered by “trick batteries” that draw power from electrical sockets hidden below them. And they look like the real McCoy.

4 The perfectly upright logo on the wheel is not due to precision driving

After a car is parked in its designated spot, workers manually jack it up to rotate the wheels so that the logos are upright.

5 Workers have to climb and crawl to get the cars ready

Getting cars ready is labour-intensive. Workers have to climb, crawl, lie on their backs and even get into the push-up position.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 16, 2016, with the headline 'Cheeky cover-up for cars'. Print Edition | Subscribe