A WORD PRO­CES­SOR

Torque (Singapore) - - EDITORQUE - ED­I­TOR DAVID TING [email protected]

My “car-reer” as a full-time mo­tor­ing cor­re­spon­dent (af­ter three years as a free­lancer who got a big break) started in 1995, so this year would be my 22nd in the mo­tor­ing me­dia in­dus­try.

I think my ed­i­to­rial power out­put in those 2.2 decades, as I worked/wrote my way up from writer to ed­i­tor and drove some peo­ple up the tyre wall, was de­cent. More than 200 pe­ri­od­i­cals and book­lets, a few mil­lion printed words (along with a zil­lion mis­prints), many thou­sands of semi-pro­fes­sional pho­to­graphs with cars and car parts in them, a few hun­dred nuggets of au­to­mo­tive wis­dom, and count­less be­hind-the-wheel wise­cracks which ranged from the hu­mor­ous to the hor­ren­dous.

What’s re­ally ter­ri­ble is how 264 months zoomed past me like an F1 race­car do­ing a qual­i­fy­ing lap. One minute I’m a spring chicken in a coop that looks like a cu­bi­cle, and the next minute I’m an old bird in a coupe that doesn’t look like a cu­bi­cle at all.

Any­way, I hope you’ll en­joy read­ing all the pro­cessed words in this is­sue.

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