Re: Why is the local circuit called “Bira”? (PM Automania Friday, 26 August 2011) – Prince Bira was not only a good racing driver, he was also a pilot for airplanes and gliders. He make some remarkable long distance flights with his own gliders, always with his dog “Titch” on board. Titch and his wife Chelita also attended a flight with Prince Bira’s Miles Gemini from England to Bangkok and back in 1951/52 (each way about 60 flight hours). Search on Facebook for “Prince Bira Gliderpilot”.