TORQUE ON THE MOVE 2017

The 120 par­tic­i­pants raced around Sin­ga­pore af­ter sun­set dur­ing the very first night edi­tion of our an­nual au­to­mo­tive telematch!

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FOR the past seven years, Torque On The Move (TOTM), be­gan in the morn­ing and ended at noon.

This year, the eighth edi­tion of TOTM started at sun­down and ended at mid­night. The change was in­spired by the For­mula 1 Sin­ga­pore Grand Prix, the orig­i­nal night race, which marked its 10th year in 2017.

In the­ory, a night event would be less hot, since it avoids Sin­ga­pore’s scorch­ing day­time weather.

How­ever, it did not take long for the par­tic­i­pants to dis­cover that the heat from the com­pe­ti­tion was as hot as ever.

And be­cause this year’s start and end point was at Car­ros, lo­cated in Kranji, the to­tal dis­tance that teams would have to cover was also much longer and harder com­pared to pre­vi­ous TOTMs.

Traf­fic con­ges­tion also posed a se­ri­ous chal­lenge. To get to the Torque Junc­tion at Hot­dogs Inc, par­tic­i­pants had to make their way to PoMo at Selegie Road. This sounds sim­ple enough, but the Sin­ga­pore Night Fes­ti­val tak­ing place nearby left many TOTM par­tic­i­pants stuck in heavy traf­fic.

The chal­lenge await­ing teams at Hot­dogs Inc, how­ever, was lighter than ex­pected, for it re­quired them to play a game of Ramps & Lad­ders. The game tested their knowl­edge of Car­ros, while the venue it­self of­fered them an op­por­tu­nity for a snack.

At any rate, de­ci­pher­ing the clues to the Torque Junc­tions would be eas­ier on a full stom­ach. In­deed, the rid­dle to the Mo­tul sta­tion, which was in SPH Me­dia Cen­tre, saw some com­peti­tors mis­tak­enly head­ing to SPH News Cen­tre in­stead!

The Mo­tul chal­lenge was cer­tainly slick. It re­quired each team to as­sem­ble three jig­saw puz­zles, but the catch was that they had to do it in a cer­tain amount of time (be­tween 40 sec­onds to two min­utes), which would be de­ter­mined by spin­ning a “roulette” wheel.

Par­tic­i­pants were in for a dif­fer­ent spin, how­ever, when they ar­rived at CLH Tyres Trad­ing along Soon Lee Street. Apart from be­ing tested on their knowl­edge of Bridge­stone’s Ecopia EP300 and Alenza 001 tyres, they had to per­form “tyre bowl­ing”, too! Teams were bowled over with a mix­ture of sur­prise and ex­cite­ment when they had to do a “hit and run” at Homerun Base­ball. To com­plete this Torque Junc­tion, they had to hit 15 balls. More points could be earned

if team mem­bers man­aged to hit balls pitched at higher speeds. The de­fault bat­ting cage sent base­balls fly­ing to­wards bat­ters at 80km/h, but those who felt that they had bet­ter hand-eye co­or­di­na­tion could opt for the 90km/h and 110km/h bat­ting cages. At the end point, com­ing in third place with 575 points were Yi-Roe and Ying Ru from Team 10. Their ef­forts earned them two pairs of Rudy Project sun­glasses and two 4-litre bot­tles of Mo­tul 8100 X-cess, tick­ets to the open­ing night of The Podium Lounge, a Carskinz voucher, two Kappa back­packs and a pair of Columbia watches. Sec­ond place went to Jared Lim and Ben­jamin Yap from Team 13, who scored 660 points. Their prizes in­cluded a pair of For­mula 1 tick­ets, a set of Bridge­stone GR-100 tyres, a Carskinz voucher, and a Mo­tul ham­per that in­cluded Mo­tul 8100 X-cess en­gine oil and Takashimaya vouch­ers worth $200. Edg­ing out the rest were Team 3’s An­thony Soh and Chen Zhaolin, who took the top of the TOTM podium with 665 points. The pair, who were sec­ond at TOTM 2016, fin­ished in first place be­cause they re­alised the im­por­tance of plan­ning.

“Last year, we ran around like head­less chick­ens. This year, we de­ci­phered the junc­tion clues be­fore driv­ing off.” An­thony and Zhaolin took home a pair of For­mula 1 tick­ets, a set of Bridge­stone Potenza S001 tyres, a Mo­tul ham­per that in­cluded the brand’s 300V en­gine oil and $300 worth of Takashimaya vouch­ers. They also re­ceived a pair of Lu­mi­nox Tony Kanaan watches and a Kappa back­pack each. Given the im­por­tance they placed on plan­ning, it’s no sur­prise that the win­ning duo were al­ready think­ing of next year’s Torque On The Move.

Asked if they would re­turn, both replied: “We’ll def­i­nitely be back next year, as long as we are both in Sin­ga­pore when TOTM 2018 takes place!”

Par­tic­i­pants who did last­minute cardec­o­rat­ing with de­cals found them­selves in a “sticky” sit­u­a­tion.

Funky socks were op­tional cloth­ing for the night’s fun and funky motoring ad­ven­ture.

Team 3 also took home the prize for Best Dressed Car – af­ter lit­er­ally scar­ing off the com­pe­ti­tion.

Prizes for the top team in­cluded Lu­mi­nox Tony Kanaan time­pieces and F1 tick­ets.

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