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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 »

Living like a celebrity with the Range Rover Evoque SD4 Coupe

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THE EVOQUE is meant to be a more style-conscious, and crucially environment-friendly sport utility vehicle, more at home on the high streets of Beverly Hills than on the Sahara.

Range Rover’s Evoque seems just like another pretty face—lacking depth of soul, real ability, and true talent—as any cynic, particularly someone who has loads of respect for the hallowed British brand, purveys arguably the best 4X4 so far. But with more than 88,000 Evoques sold in the vehicle’s first full year of production in 2011, it seems like the Evoque has charmed not just me but many more throughout the world.

Posted: June 4th, 2013 in Inquirer Features,Motoring,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Platform of good governance for motorists

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A few days ago, I was at my favorite car accessories shop in Fort Bonifacio, Global City, and was talking to the sales girls and customers about the elections when they all started teasing me that I should run for a party-list seat—something that would be of service to motorists. Which indeed got me thinking: If I did run for politics, what would my platform of good governance be?

Posted: May 14th, 2013 in Inquirer Features,Motoring | Read More »

Jaguar XF 2.2 SWB: one cool cat

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‘JAGUARS should be perceived as cool cars, and cool cars should attract interesting and edgy people.’

In the nine plus years that I’ve been writing about cars, I’ve driven a whole lot of mass-market cars (almost every Japanese, Korean, American and the like), a good number of premium-luxury cars (mostly German), a slew of performance-oriented cars (mostly German, followed by some Japanese and Italians) and just plain cool cars (MINI does come to mind). But I can only ever remember reviewing three British cars (aside from MINI, which nowadays seems more German than English, but all the better for them). I’ve reviewed one Range Rover, briefly tested a modern XJ when it was new and now, finally, a full-on proper road test of the facelifted XF. And boy was it worth the wait!

Posted: April 30th, 2013 in Motoring | Read More »

What to do with your cars this summer

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FOR many a car enthusiast, his or her own car/s are like a faithful friend, that though sometimes difficult and temperamental (like my own cars!), we look for activities to do together this summer. I thought of some activities which can allow both car and owner/driver to enjoy summer.

Posted: April 2nd, 2013 in Motoring | 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 »

Another busy week for the motoring press

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LIONEL Faugeres (right), general director for Peugeot Asean countries, and Johnny Hernandez, EDI chair at the public launch

There’s much to celebrate about these past few days. STV-Autofocus recently concluded their highly successful motor show and People’s Choice Award at the SM Mall of Asia Grounds. Various car manufacturers came out in full support of the said event and the public had access to unlimited test drives of almost all brands. Led by industry pillar and veteran broadcast journalist and columnist Butch Gamboa, the event was indeed a resounding success.

Posted: November 13th, 2012 in Motoring,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Close shave

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I almost killed myself last week, along with my driving partner Ahmed. Waking up at the crack of dawn, followed by a heavy breakfast in freezing cold, the lightly snowing Alps weather isn’t something out of the ordinary for me. And we were scheduled to drive the big Bentley Continental GT Speed for over 350 kilometers in four hours, with coffee stops, driver changes and the all-important beauty shots meant driving was going to be brisk, to put it lightly.

Posted: October 30th, 2012 in Motoring | Read More »

5 reasons the Strada is boosting its category

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WHITE ON WHITE. Horses of the same color run together, apparently. In this case, a real white horse faces the 175 hidden under the hood of the Strada. Photos by Tessa R. Salazar

When a man sets his sights on the prize, you can very well see the steely look of determination on his game face. And what sort of prize would be worth the effort for the man of the house? Here’s a hint: Something with wheels and an engine. For some dads, a simple car that [...]

Posted: June 14th, 2011 in Featured Gallery,Inquirer Features,Motoring,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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