It’s been a wild ride from the ex­cite­ment of the start to the sad end of an era

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For some­one who writes for a liv­ing, this must be one of the most dif­fi­cult col­umns to pen. So, for what it’s worth, I will try to string it with­out re­sort­ing to drivel or even shed­ding a tear, although the lat­ter is per­haps in­evitable at this point.

My ca­reer at Mo­tor News be­gun back in 2008, Jan­uary 8 to be more pre­cise, and it was a gig I was both ex­cited about yet ap­proached with much trep­i­da­tion as I was step­ping into the shoes of two mo­tor­ing jour­nal­ists I hold in high re­gard — the then ed­i­tor of Mo­tor News Patrick Gear­ing and the in­domitable Bene­dict Maaga — both sea­soned mo­tor­ing writ­ers with clout and cred­i­bil­ity.


It was a daunt­ing task for Mark Smyth and me to walk in their foot­steps, but more than 550 edi­tions of Mo­tor News and 11 years later, I look back in my rear-view mir­ror and I can safely say that we took over the ba­ton, ran with it and kept the wheels on the road to make it the best mo­tor­ing sup­ple­ment in the coun­try.

Sadly, it is time for me to pack my bags here, hop on my bike and ride to the next phase of my mo­tor­ing ca­reer.

Be­fore do­ing that, how­ever, I need thank the en­tire Mo­tor News team — De­nis, Mark, Lau­ren, Ta­mara and Grant — for mak­ing the sup­ple­ment you now hold the revered prod­uct that it is. And, more im­por­tantly, I want to thank you, our dear and val­ued reader, for tak­ing the time to read our re­ports on the mo­tor­ing in­dus­try on a weekly ba­sis. With­out you there’s no Mo­tor News.

In the 11 years that I was priv­i­leged to write for this sup­ple­ment, I have trav­elled to all cor­ners of the world to drive some of the most spe­cial cars and meet and in­ter­view some of the most pro­lific fig­ure­heads in the in­dus­try — the list is re­ally too long to com­press into this col­umn. Suf­fice to say, it has given me a much broader in­sight of what makes the in­dus­try tick and why cer­tain de­ci­sions are made on a high level that trickle down to the cars that the man­u­fac­tur­ers of­fer to the mar­ket.

There have been so many long and sleep­less nights to write sto­ries, some­times in the most in­op­por­tune of places, in poor light­ing at times, but the goal was al­ways to de­liver the best ver­sion of that story to you ev­ery week.


Now, as I leave, I hope it is not a per­ma­nent good­bye to you as I will still be writ­ing about the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try, al­beit on a dif­fer­ent plat­form.

With that, I would like to wish De­nis Droppa, the lat­est ed­i­tor of Mo­tor News, an­other mo­tor­ing jour­nal­ist I hold in high re­gard, all the best and I am cer­tain he will take the sup­ple­ment to even greater heights. So, un­til we meet again, its ciao from me and thank you for the un­wa­ver­ing sup­port you have given me and the rest of the team over the past 11 years.

Ler­ato Matebese has trav­elled the world to drive some of the best cars.


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