Torque (Singapore) - - CONTENTS - DAVID TING davidt@sph.com.sg

Im­me­di­ately after I thought of the above topic for this page, the com­mand “Sin­gle col­umn! Sin­gle col­umn!” popped into my head. It came from the Colos­seum scene in Glad­i­a­tor where Max­imus, played by Rus­sell Crowe, or­ders his bar­bar­ian horde to adopt a left-right sin­glecol­umn for­ma­tion and even­tu­ally de­feat the Ro­man le­gionar­ies in the re-en­acted bat­tle of Carthage. Any­way!... This is­sue sees the de­but of two new col­umns – Jeet En­gine (pg 24) by Sar­jeet Singh, and In­ter­nal Kongbustion (pg 26) by Dr Kong Yongyao.

Both colum­nists are petrol­heads, of course, and they are also es­sen­tial mem­bers of the power-packed dream team in Torque’s 12-cylin­der/writer en­gine room.

In­ter­est­ingly (to me at least), I wrote my very first ed­i­tor’s page 20 years ago in 1998 for a now de­funct mo­tor­ing mag­a­zine.

That col­umn’s last line is still ap­pli­ca­ble after 240 months – “I am glad to be an en­thu­si­as­tic fel­low com­pa­triot in this ex­tra­or­di­nary na­tional love af­fair with cars.”

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