A big thanks to all as I va­cate driver’s seat

Business Day - Motor News - - MOTOR NEWS -

Af­ter 11 years and more than 500 edi­tions, it’s time for me to say good­bye as the edi­tor of Busi­ness Day Mo­tor News. It has been an in­cred­i­ble jour­ney, one that started in Jan­uary 2007 when I was hired by Wilken Com­mu­ni­ca­tions to be the edi­tor of Mo­tor News, which was then a joint ven­ture be­tween Wilken and BDFM.

Over the years the role has taken me around the world, to some amaz­ing places and to drive some amaz­ing ve­hi­cles.

I’ve driven Lam­borgh­i­nis in Las Ve­gas, been driven across Tu­nisian sand dunes in a Volk­swa­gen Race Touareg, tested an au­ton­o­mous truck in Ber­lin and sat at the Nord­schleife as peo­ple screamed around me while For­mula One driv­ers lost con­trol in a down­pour and crashed into each other.

I’ve writ­ten sto­ries at 2am in air­ports, proofed pages in the back of a bakkie in Chile and in­ter­viewed every­one in the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try from work­shop tech­ni­cians to global CEOs.

Along the way I have been as­sisted by an in­cred­i­ble team, in­clud­ing our su­perb writ­ers, Ler­ato Matebese, Roger Houghton, John Floyd and Michael Tay­lor. Our pro­duc­tion team has shown amaz­ing pa­tience and cre­ativ­ity in the face of tight dead­lines and so a huge thanks goes to Lauren and Ta­mara and to Valdi, Cara and Shane be­fore them. Our advertising team of Grant, Sharon and oth­ers at Stan­ton Porter con­tinue to do an amaz­ing and dif­fi­cult job in the chang­ing me­dia land­scape — without them there would be no Mo­tor News and I thank you and all our loyal ad­ver­tis­ers past and pre­sent.

To the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try in SA and around the world, thank you for your sup­port and will­ing­ness to help us chase those all-im­por­tant ex­clu­sives, of which there have been many in Mo­tor News.

To all those in the Busi­ness Day news­room and in Tiso Black­star Group, thanks for every­thing. It has been great to be part of what is prob­a­bly the best news­room in SA and I am hon­oured to have been part of it.

Fi­nally, to you the read­ers, the big­gest thank you. We have strived to bring you the best news, the most in­for­ma­tive mo­tor­ing reads and a bit of en­ter­tain­ment. I have been at the helm of what I am con­fi­dent is the best mo­tor­ing ti­tle in SA and that is thanks to the best team in the busi­ness and our in­sis­tence on putting you first.

The re­al­ity is that I am go­ing to miss the weekly dead­lines and the usual last-minute rush to get Mo­tor News to the printer. I’ll miss chas­ing writ­ers for their sto­ries, search­ing for ap­pro­pri­ate pic­tures and see­ing every­one’s hard work in print on a Thurs­day.

The good news is that this is not a fi­nal good­bye. I will con­tinue to pro­vide sto­ries from the UK in my role as a mo­tor­ing cor­re­spon­dent for the Tiso Black­star Group. Yes, I have moved to the UK where I plan to be even closer to the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try and be able to bring you even more of those all-im­por­tant ex­clu­sives.

I hand over the ed­i­tor­ship of Mo­tor News to De­nis Droppa, who ar­rives af­ter a sig­nif­i­cant pe­riod as mo­tor­ing edi­tor at the In­de­pen­dent Group. Wel­come to Tiso, De­nis. I wish you and the team all the best as you take Mo­tor News into the fu­ture.


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