The steel bar of Abdul’s motorbike has impaled his side. He’s also previously dislocated both his knees and his left shoulder.
But to this 17-year old, quitting the Tong Setan (Demon’s Barrel) is an inconceivable option. “I’ll never stop,” he says with a fearless grin.
To a cynic, this can all be chalked up to the folly of youth, the no-expense-barred chase for extreme pleasures.
Being a racer at the most popular attraction at the fun fair does come with its perks – performance tips, respect, the admiration of women.
But for most, it’s just another way of making a living. While they defy gravity and death, family members wait for their next paycheque in far-flung villages.
These Tong Setan racers ride the fine line between genius and insanity as they put everything on the line, for guts, glory and their family.