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A weekend dream drive with the Porsche Cayman S

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INSIDE the Cayman’s simple yet functional and classy interior

Metro Manila isn’t the friendliest of places to own a sports car. The BIR will most likely go after you. And that’s assuming you can live past the traffic, and getting in and out of a low-slung sports car without knocking your head on the roof or dislocating your knees, which has happened to me getting in and out of a Lamborghini Gallardo. Yet I’ve had the pleasure of driving others people’s sports cars on our hallowed (hole-y?) Metro Manila roads: a Lamborghini Murcielago, a Ferrari F430, a variety of Porsche 996 Turbos, a 997 GT3 Mk1, and now this, the Porsche Cayman S.

Posted: December 24th, 2013 in Columnists,Motoring | Read More »

Safety reminders when driving in the rain

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It’s the rainy season once again, so here are some tips to keep in mind when driving in the rain to ensure you get to your destination safely, in time and with the least amount of stress possible. The key ideas here are visibility, the ability to see as well as be seen, and control, the ability to be in perfect control despite the poor road conditions and the increment weather.

Posted: July 30th, 2013 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Motoring | Read More »

Mr. President, please personally look into the Edsa problem

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In the fight to improve the traffic situation on Edsa, there have been a number of “solutions” presented. Which pose a serious question: Is the government turning communist?

Posted: July 17th, 2013 in Inquirer Columns,Motoring | Read More »

A dedicated traffic czar may be the answer to the Edsa puzzle

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EDSA is now  called the biggest parking lot in the world

Servicing no less than 350,000 vehicles and millions of people, Edsa is the country’s main artery, so it’s important to our economy, our government and our citizens. And yet nobody seems to be ensuring that all is well.

Posted: July 2nd, 2013 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Motoring,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Spreading the Bentley wings into the new world

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THE W12 Mulliner offers more standard goodies and toys for the well-heeled and stately enthusiast.

With a powerful emerging market in Asia, it didn’t come as a surprise that Bentley Motors held its global media launch and test drive of the all-new Flying Spur ultra premium luxury executive sports sedan at the fabled capital of China, Beijing recently.

Posted: June 18th, 2013 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Inquirer Columns,Motoring,Photos & Videos | Read More »

A ride in the Queen’s car through the city of the gods

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BENTLEY Flying Spurs grabbing attention while parked at the Great Wall of China

Any cynic will say that a Bentley is such an over-indulgent vehicle to drive through a country with a vast majority of its 1.3 billion population still wallowing well below the poverty line. There is indeed truth to that, as I and my colleagues from Asean were thinking about the night of the unveiling.

Posted: May 21st, 2013 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Motoring,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Driving the Porsche Cayman in Portugal

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I CAN’T remember having my ego stroked so much by such a small, dainty car.

As soon as we touched down after a 20-plus hour plane trip to Portugal’s Algarve region, we were whisked off to the Porsche Center in nearby Faro, a 15-minute drive from the airport, and handed the keys to a Cayman with PDK. All the Cayman S units were spoken for, but I thought, a Porsche is a Porsche so the lack of power won’t matter. And indeed I was right.

Posted: February 26th, 2013 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Motoring,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Do a post-holiday check on your cars

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Now that the holidays are almost completely over (except for Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year that is), we can all once again focus on keeping our cars up and running properly.

Posted: February 5th, 2013 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Headlines,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Motoring | Read More »

Top automotive trends for 2013

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The year 2012 brought about a lot of new and very pleasant surprises from big names such as Toyota, the launch of super-luxury exotic brands such as Lamborghini, Bentley, Ferrari, Maserati, the return of Peugeot, and Mitsubishi’s impressive answer in the small-car segment, the Mirage.

Posted: January 1st, 2013 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Headlines,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Motoring | Read More »

Driving the Bentley

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So I find myself in Germany again, for a world launch and another Inquirer exclusive. Business-class plane tickets, a 5-star resort hotel in the midst of a beautiful German autumn up the equally beautiful German Alps. Fortunately, I didn’t come here for the first-class treatment, wining and dining, etc. I came to Germany to drive. And drive very fast, stupid fast, as fast as I could drive on the Autobahn.

Posted: October 23rd, 2012 in Motoring | Read More »

Great drive depends a lot on great company

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Ever had great memories back in the day with your car? I had a lot of great times with my cars back in college. I had two cars back then, a Mitsubishi Galant VR V6 in my freshman and sophomore year in college, and a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV RS in my junior and senior year.

Posted: May 15th, 2012 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Motoring | Read More »

3 simple tasks to keep an aging car in good shape

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While the car market has grown immensely over the past five years, the vast majority of motorists still own, drive or maintain an older car, usually 5-7 years old, if not more. Common knowledge says that five-year-old cars tend to manifest most of the serious problems in car ownership. I hope to help you become more proactive and identify common problems, which can lead to more serious and costly ones down the road if left unattended.

Posted: February 7th, 2012 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Headlines,Inquirer Columns,Motoring | Read More »

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