Not the other way around, okay? Here’s the X2, BMW’s lat­est SAV

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I came face to face with a Porsche 959 Dakar dur­ing the Porsche Cayenne me­dia drive in Fujairah re­cently. Now the trip was su­per amaz­ing—check out Art Direc­tor Ray­nand’s stun­ning lay­out work—and it was also a bit of an over­load. What an in­tro­duc­tion to the Porsche brand!

There’s one thing that I no­ticed, though. While I couldn’t stop be­ing drawn in by the

959, I found it odd that only a hand­ful of folks were as en­am­ored with it as I was. Maybe the other me­dia present were too young to re­mem­ber it? Or just maybe they have no clue about its sig­nif­i­cance. It’s a shame that the leg­endary 1986 Dakar Rally win­ner didn’t res­onate with them, but that’s re­ally the way it is some­times. Sadly, not ev­ery­one who is in the mo­tor­ing beat is a car en­thu­si­ast.

And that’s ex­actly why I con­sider my­self blessed to be part of Top Gear Philip­pines. I’m sur­rounded by hard­core car guys (and girls) who have a deep ap­pre­ci­a­tion for any­thing with wheels. We don’t hold back when pro­claim­ing our en­thu­si­asm, and this makes the daily grind plea­sur­able. I can proudly say that our brand has heart.

When it comes to pas­sion for cars and the TGP brand, Ian Mag­banua and Sharleen Ban­zon are two of our most valu­able team mem­bers. Sharleen, our Copy Ed­i­tor and be­hind-the-scenes hero, is now of­fi­cially our Edi­to­rial Con­sul­tant. She knows TGP in­side and out, and she has guided us with her in­sight more times than we can count.

Gifted pho­tog­ra­pher and hot-rod nut Ian, who also has a talent for writ­ing, is now the cu­ra­tor of all the old-school and mod­i­fied cars con­tent in the mag­a­zine and on­line. The newly minted Clas­sics and Cus­toms Ed­i­tor ti­tle suits him per­fectly.

There are so many firsts in this issue you are hold­ing in your hands, in­clud­ing On­line Ex­ec­u­tive Ed­i­tor Dinzo Tabamo’s first time to visit Por­tu­gal. He was there to drive the BMW X2, an­other first-of-its-kind car.

We hope you en­joy this pas­sion-filled issue. Stay driven, guys.

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