Top Gear (Philippines) - - Contents - Paulo Rafael T. Su­bido OF­FI­CER-IN-CHARGE (pRINt)­bido@sum­mit­

An open road that flows with the un­du­lat­ing land­scape is some­thing that we trea­sure. When a rib­bon of smooth as­phalt fol­lows the twists and turns of the moun­tains, with rapid el­e­va­tion changes here and there, that’s just pure bliss.

Mazda ap­pre­ci­ates our love for the road, and it shows in its ve­hi­cles. The CX-5 on the cover is one such ride that de­liv­ers a max­i­mum con­nec­tion be­tween man, ma­chine, and the tar­mac un­der­neath. And as our writer, Drei Lau­rel, says in his very first cover story, Mazda’s brand val­ues are am­pli­fied in its lat­est model. Plus, it’s a car that has all of the ad­vanced safety tech­nolo­gies, yet it de­liv­ers an en­gag­ing driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. To be driv­ing a car like this on that per­fect sec­tion of road is enough to blow our minds. That’s how ad­dicted we are to driv­ing.

And then there’s our en­counter with the folks over at BMT Restora­tion. This is per­haps the largest restora­tion shop in the world, and it is lo­cated in Clark. Stum­bling upon gems like this, where Filipino crafts­men churn out con­cours-level projects, is in­deed a rev­e­la­tion. As we predicted in the past, the Philip­pines is well on it’s way to be­com­ing the world’s main restora­tion hub. How’s that for mind-blow­ing?

It was also Ja­son Tulio’s first time to wit­ness the Bangkok In­ter­na­tional Mo­tor Show. In the ASEAN re­gion this is one of the biggest mo­tor­ing events, and the cars un­veiled there of­ten pre­dict what will be of­fered here. We get to see a glimpse of the fu­ture be­fore ev­ery­one else. Mind blown.

We topped this is­sue off with a night drive with Ford Philip­pines, ex­plor­ing An­tipolo to view the city sky­line below, and to see the con­stel­la­tions up above. Hang­ing out with Lance Mosley and pick­ing his brain about the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try was pretty cool, too.

That’s life at Top Gear Philip­pines. Af­ter all of th­ese years, it still blows my mind that we get to do th­ese re­ally cool things.

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