T hings falling into place is a validation that we are doing something right. The ‘Road Heroes’ Issue that you are all holding in your hands got rolling when we got a phone call from Autostrada Motore’s Marc Soong, asking if we’d like to spend two days with a Ferrari 488 Spider. Hell yes! We mobilized the entire Top Gear Ph team and headed to a secret location for 48 hours of fun. This is our first time to have a Ferrari on the cover, so we had to make the shoot extra special.
And then The Big Test materialized, pitting an Audi R8 and McLaren 570S against each other. It’s a great piece written by JV Colayco, our resident gearhead who knows his way around exotics. And that isn’t all. Test drive editor Jason dela Cruz had the all-new Porsche 718 for a weekend, too. So, we have Ferrari, Porsche, Audi, and McLaren in the lineup, but what represents Japan? Well, a one-night tryst with the Nissan GT-R, the supercar slayer, finally came to fruition. Talk about serendipity.
Awesome cars, for sure, but the real road heroes aren’t made of aluminum and carbon fiber. For the Top Gear Ph staff, the real road heroes are the folks who follow road rules and maintain discipline—even if everyone else around them drives like a maniac. Road heroes keep their cool and would never see red and resort to violence to prove a point. Road heroes set a good example to their children.
Road heroes are honest traffic enforcers who put their lives at risk day in and day out, but will never accept a bribe from an erring motorist. Road heroes are the folks stationed at the LTO’s front lines who are behind the windows and deal with angry and impatient people all day, every day.
These road heroes are all around us. We also believe that they still outnumber the villains. There’s hope for us yet.
‘Road heroes aren’t made of carbon fiber or aluminum. Just look around’