THERE is something different about taking a ride from Shlomi Bakish.
Not only can he get from Haifa to Tel Aviv in half the time, but passengers also don’t feel the road. The car accelerates without strain. Unlike many Israeli drivers, Bakish doesn’t express rage when a slower car cuts him off. He sees his opportunity and easily passes on the right. It’s as though he’s driving in a race.
For the past decade, talented Israeli drivers like Bakish were stranded in traffic by an unpopular law regulating motorsports.
But new regulations approved in March, 2011 by the Knesset’s Education, Culture and Sports Committee have opened doors for enthusiasts of Formula racing — which encompasses several forms of open-wheeled, single-seat racecar driving, including Formula Renault, Formula One, Formula Two, Formula Three and World Series by Renault — to get back in the driver’s seat.