A TOWN LIKE NAMYANG

Wheels (Australia) - - Part 1 Korea -

There’s such a vast ex­panse in­side Hyundai-kia’s Namyang prov­ing ground that it even has its own bus ser­vice. With 20,000 peo­ple work­ing here ev­ery day, it’s like mo­bil­is­ing and feed­ing the pop­u­la­tion of an Aussie coun­try town.

‘Bench­mark­ing’ carparks brim with ev­ery­thing from ul­tra­cool Suzuki Hustlers ( a tiny 660c Kei-car ‘SUV’) to AMGS. There’s loads of stuff I can’t talk about lap­ping the place, some undis­guised ex­cept for front and rear car bras.

But it’s the lunchtime rush that’s equally fas­ci­nat­ing. Mas­sive cafe­te­rias are ev­ery­where, each spe­cial­is­ing in dif­fer­ent cui­sine. At ex­actly mid­day, a bell chimes loudly and work­ers pour from each build­ing. Within min­utes the cafe­te­ria lines are al­most out the door. An hour later, the food halls re­sem­ble ghost towns.

THE DARK ART OF SUS­PEN­SION TUN­ING. FOR­TU­NATELY GAM­BOLD (FORE­GROUND) AND HIS TEAM CAN SEE THE LIGHT

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