Re­ac­tion Time

Top Gear (Philippines) - - Reaction Time -

I am thank­ful that the pre­vi­ous own­ers took good care of it through the years, and I prom­ise to do the same. Ev­ery­thing is stock, in­clud­ing the mag wheels, an­tenna, and all. But the ’90s ra­dio was re­placed with a modern but sim­ple au­dio sys­tem. No of­fense to those who pre­fer to mod­ify their cars based on personality and style, but mine has no over­the-top spoil­ers, bodykit, and en­gine mods. It’s just a pure ’90s Mi­ata. I guess driv­ing it around, look­ing at it, and re­al­iz­ing that you are in some kind of time cap­sule with wheels is enough for me.

As an avid fan of this hum­ble Guin­ness World Record holder, you will have to agree that work­ing hard for some­thing you re­ally want and getting it is re­ally a high­light of a life­time. It’s just like fire­works.

If it is not any trou­ble, I humbly re­quest for my car to be fea­tured in your mag­a­zine be­cause I think it’s worth it. Thank you. GLENN VALMORES Thanks for the letter. There is real mo­tor oil run­ning through your veins. We keep writ­ing about the cars that re­mind us why we love driv­ing in the first place. We see the Mi­ata as a base­line from where you can ap­pre­ci­ate the beauty and char­ac­ter of other cars as well. Your beloved NA is on our pages now. Re­quest granted.

IN­SPI­RA­TION

Hi! I just wanted to let you guys over there in the Top Gear PH of­fice know how much I look forward to your monthly is­sues. De­spite hav­ing a li­cense for only two years, driv­ing has re­ally rekin­dled the love for cars I’ve had since I was a kid. Your mag­a­zine has re­ally helped awaken my lost en­thu­si­asm for cars.

I’ve been col­lect­ing your pre­vi­ous is­sues, too, but as you can see there are a lot of gaps in my mea­ger col­lec­tion. Read­ing your stuff has even in­spired me to do some mo­tor­ing-re­lated blog­ging my­self.

Any­way, I look forward to your next issue. De­spite the raised ve­hi­cle prices, I be­lieve

2018 will still be a re­ally ex­cit­ing year for cars in our coun­try. I’m sure this is the year the new Ford EcoSport, Hyundai Ac­cent, Toy­ota Vios, and all other pop­u­lar mod­els will fi­nally be launched in our coun­try. When that time comes, we’ll need ex­cel­lent mo­tor­ing jour­nal­ists such as your­selves to ex­cite the pub­lic about these new, up­com­ing cars—much like how you’ve in­spired me.

If you’re look­ing for a part-time writer, this fifth-year the­sis stu­dent has a lot of spare time! Cheers! JUDE MIGUEL H. DE LEON

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