EDITORQUE

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

On the long and wind­ing road of my life as a mo­tor­ing journo in Sin­ga­pore, there were road­blocks, road­works and de­tours that drove me to dis­trac­tion.

Luck­ily, I never crashed and burned like a crash test dummy caught in a fiery crash test, al­though I suf­fered some burnout along the way and was run­ning on empty in the rougher rally stages. Thank­fully, my 23-year vo­ca­tion as writer/ed­i­tor/ multi-pur­pose ve­hi­cle, which started as an oc­cu­pa­tion like any other and de­vel­oped into a pre­oc­cu­pa­tion like no other, has notched up de­cent cre­ativ­ity mileage.

I’ve driven an amaz­ing ar­ray of cars on the job, writ­ten so many au­to­mo­tive ar­ti­cles (some of which were prob­a­bly not bad) and taken so many pho­tos/videos (some of which were prob­a­bly not bad, too). I’ve also done enough me­dia trips to qual­ify/re­qual­ify as a fre­quent flyer since 1995, earn­ing enough air miles to re­deem a small fleet of Star Al­liance Air­buses parked on the table­top tar­mac.

As a jour­nal­is­tic tourist chas­ing in­ter­na­tional sto­ries and test­ing cars over­seas, I’ve trav­elled to nu­mer­ous coun­tries around the world – from re­gional to re­mote, from nearby to farflung, from JB to US. What a joyride it has been for me. Hence­forth, the Torque ticket to ride is in the driver’s door pocket of our new man be­hind the wheel, Jeremy Chua, who will keep this mag­a­zine’s en­gine fir­ing on all cylin­ders.

Af­ter I drive off to Leng Kee and change gear in my “car­reer”, one thing shall re­main un­changed – ob­jects in my rear view mir­ror are closer than they ap­pear and al­ways make me re­flect upon my ed­i­to­rial past.

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