ONLY ONE LI­CENCE, OVER ONE THOU­SAND CARS

Torque (Singapore) - - EDITORQUE -

I ob­tained my Class 3 driv­ing li­cence on 17 June 1993.

Thank­fully, I passed the driv­ing test on my first at­tempt, in a Nis­san Pul­sar with 5-speed manual gear­box, power steer­ing and a pri­vate in­struc­tor who did a good job with this par­tic­u­lar 19-yearold pro­vi­sional driver 25 years ago.

The very first car I drove as a newly qual­i­fied driver was a late-80s Mit­subishi Lancer. My drive in that bor­rowed sa­loon, with­out a driv­ing in­struc­tor on board and with ac­tual high­ways ahead in­stead of just the High­way Code in my head, was a mem­o­rable mix of glee and un­cer­tainty.

Los­ing my vir­gin­ity and find­ing the lady I wanted to marry (not nec­es­sar­ily re­lated to the afore­men­tioned loss of in­no­cence) came close in terms of life-chang­ing ex­pe­ri­ences.

In the quar­ter-cen­tury af­ter I was li­censed to drive mo­tor cars=<3000kg with =<7 pas­sen­gers and other mo­tor ve­hi­cles=<2500kg, I drove so many cars and clocked count­less kilo­me­tres as a mo­tor­ing journo, not only in Sin­ga­pore but also in other coun­tries which were so far away from Kam­pong Ubi Driv­ing Test Cen­tre circa 1993. I didn’t dream of get­ting so much mileage out of a piece of paper (upgraded to plas­tic since 2002) is­sued by the Traf­fic Po­lice. I just wanted to drive, and drive, and drive some more.

Fan­ta­sise about the nice cars in this is­sue’s Drive sec­tion (pg 36-71) and max­imise your driv­ing li­cence.

ED­I­TOR DAVID TING davidt@sph.com.sg

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