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