Gear­head

We talk tires with Fuel Au­totek Group’s di­rec­tor.

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You may very well call Richard Stu­art Crosher the tire man. The Aus­tralian ex­ec­u­tive has over 30 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the in­dus­try, par­tic­u­larly in the world of tires. Yes, the guy knows those black round things very well. His work in the field has taken him to Europe, the US, and Asia for pop­u­lar brands like Pirelli, Momo and Goodyear. Th­ese days, how­ever, he finds him­self trav­el­ing more of­ten to the Philip­pines to over­see Fuel Au­totek Philip­pines (FAP) as Fuel Au­totek Group’s CEO and di­rec­tor.

The news of Momo tires com­ing to the coun­try made its rounds a few months ago. And now that they’re here, fans can take their pick from the range, thanks to of­fi­cial dis­trib­u­tor FAP. “Momo is a truly in­ter­na­tional brand,” Richard says of the tire and rac­ing ac­ces­sories la­bel. He adds that it’s fash­ion-driven like most Ital­ian prod­ucts, and it’s poised to com­pete in the pre­mium seg­ment. “This is one of the best tire mar­kets in the world,” he stresses.

We find out that this For­mula 1 en­thu­si­ast has been com­ing to the Philip­pines for more than two decades so he un­der­stands the Filipino’s au­to­mo­tive needs, a plus in his line of work. He’s also pretty much ac­cus­tomed to our ways, in­clud­ing our habits be­hind the wheel. Asked about his own driv­ing style, though, he says it’s the to­tal op­po­site of laid-back, steady driv­ing—he likes high-per­for­mance sports cars, in par­tic­u­lar. Fit­ting for a man re­spon­si­ble for bring­ing Momo here, don’t you think?

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IN­TER­ESTS, HOB­BIES

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