Not the other way around, okay? Here’s the X2, BMW’s latest SAV
I came face to face with a Porsche 959 Dakar during the Porsche Cayenne media drive in Fujairah recently. Now the trip was super amazing—check out Art Director Raynand’s stunning layout work—and it was also a bit of an overload. What an introduction to the Porsche brand!
There’s one thing that I noticed, though. While I couldn’t stop being drawn in by the
959, I found it odd that only a handful of folks were as enamored with it as I was. Maybe the other media present were too young to remember it? Or just maybe they have no clue about its significance. It’s a shame that the legendary 1986 Dakar Rally winner didn’t resonate with them, but that’s really the way it is sometimes. Sadly, not everyone who is in the motoring beat is a car enthusiast.
And that’s exactly why I consider myself blessed to be part of Top Gear Philippines. I’m surrounded by hardcore car guys (and girls) who have a deep appreciation for anything with wheels. We don’t hold back when proclaiming our enthusiasm, and this makes the daily grind pleasurable. I can proudly say that our brand has heart.
When it comes to passion for cars and the TGP brand, Ian Magbanua and Sharleen Banzon are two of our most valuable team members. Sharleen, our Copy Editor and behind-the-scenes hero, is now officially our Editorial Consultant. She knows TGP inside and out, and she has guided us with her insight more times than we can count.
Gifted photographer and hot-rod nut Ian, who also has a talent for writing, is now the curator of all the old-school and modified cars content in the magazine and online. The newly minted Classics and Customs Editor title suits him perfectly.
There are so many firsts in this issue you are holding in your hands, including Online Executive Editor Dinzo Tabamo’s first time to visit Portugal. He was there to drive the BMW X2, another first-of-its-kind car.
We hope you enjoy this passion-filled issue. Stay driven, guys.