Bangkok Post

Richard Leu, test driver, dies at 52

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>>Richard Leu, a test driver and mo­tor colum­nist at the Bangkok Post, died on Fri­day at the age of 52.

Leu — am­i­ca­bly known by his friends and col­leagues as “Richi”, suc­cumbed to throat can­cer. He is sur­vived by his wife and two chil­dren.

Born to a Swiss fa­ther and Thai mother, Richi grad­u­ated from Ruam­rudee In­ter­na­tional School (RIS) and As­sump­tion Univer­sity in Bangkok.

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing, Richi worked at the sports sec­tion at The Na­tion for one year be­fore join­ing the motoring sec­tion at the Bangkok Post in the early 90s. A test driver and mo­tor colum­nist who knew cars well, Richi was known for his in­tegrity and straight­for­ward­ness. Richi of­ten tested the cars he wrote about and was never shy to tell read­ers if a ve­hi­cle has flaws. His work mis­sion was clear: he wrote for the ben­e­fit of con­sumers, not brands.

Ne­shan Dias, his best friend and for­mer Bangkok Post col­league, re­called Richi as a man who en­joyed the sim­ple things in life and al­ways fol­lowed his pas­sion: au­to­mo­biles. “It was the sim­ple things he cared about: a good street-side meal, a few beers and a hearty laugh with a few close friends. He was highly skilled at snooker and squash. As a kid, he would draw cars in class. His adult life was ded­i­cated to writ­ing about cars — his true pas­sion. When not be­hind the wheel, he was at home.”

A fu­neral is be­ing held at Pavil­ion 5 at Bangkok’s Wat Samian Nari un­til Tues­day. His cre­ma­tion will be held on Wed­nes­day at 5pm.

His favourite line when in the com­pany of friends was “one more, and we go”.

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