Tire racing, or tee-wong-law, is played in the rural areas of Thailand. This game first started with a spare time and a bamboo ring taken from a used threshing basket.
In the past, many households used this kind of basket for multiple purposes such as threshing rice and storing household items or food. When baskets were damaged and adults could no longer use them, the children took the ring that held strips of bamboo together and used it as a wheel to play with.
And that’s how the tire racing game was invented.
Over time, children discovered that they could use a bicycle tire instead of the bamboo ring.
Since then, the game has become a favorite for many boys. And it remains a favorite because it is inexpensive, easy to make and fun.
All you need is:
- a clean tire from a bicycle or motorcycle,
- a stick about 1 foot long,
- an open space, and
- a start and finish line.
The rules of the game are simple.
You roll and control the tire with the stick as you race. If your tire falls over, you’re out of the race.
The first person to cross the finish line with his or her tire still upright is the winner!
A beginner should start with a flat surface. When you are more advanced, then a slope adds to the challenge.
Thai children often play this game during their free time: after school, on weekends or any time when there is a gathering of children.
On some occasions, a contest might be held to find the best player in the village. This game is not only a fun activity but also good exercise, developing the children’s muscles, agility and coordination. With just a tire, a stick and an open area, children can have a great time!