March is generally a “planning” month for us at Motor. Here I’m not talking of business or strategic plans – that we do anyway at the beginning of each year. What I’m talking about here is planning to cope with the additional workload that comes in April each year, due to the hive of activity related to motor racing that happens in the Hill Country at this time of year in our paradise isle.
Indeed for the past three years we have been partnering with Ceylon Motor Sports Club (CMSC) in running the Mahagastotte Historic Vehicle Parade. This event has been gaining popularity each year, as people here (and indeed the world-over) have a renewed interest in Historic vehicles. The Mahagastotte Historic Vehicle Parade aims to recreate how the Mahagastotte Hill Climb would have looked 25 years or more ago, to the average spectator.
In fact old horses like me can remember the cars that raced up the hill some 50 years ago – like the MG TC’s, Ford Anglias, Peugeot 203’s, Fiat 1100’s and Austin Healeys to name but a few. Some of those very cars that ran Mahagastotte in that era; now in the hands of Classic Car Collectors, will run again this year on 6th April at the Historic event. We even have some of the same drivers that ran then; running again in the historic event this time around.
So if you have planned to be in the cool climes this April; you must make it a point to see the Historic Vehicle Parade starting from Lake Gregory Park in Nuwara Eliya on the morning of Saturday the 6th April, and then in the early afternoon running up the hill at Mahagastotte. It will indeed be a memorable event not to be missed. Of course the normal Mahagastotte Hill Climb event will happen on the 6th morning (bikes) and 7th morning (cars).
This month we have tested the Mercedes CLS 350 – a car that looks amazing and IS amazing all round as per our tester Avinda. We also tested the new Suzuki Ciaz and the pocket-rocket Honda S660 with a manual shift!
Also in our Past Blast feature this month, you will read about the amazing – better than new condition Mercedes W123 belonging to none other than our Tech Writer Vimukthi.
This month the guys at Motor also entered a team for the Wurth Karting Endurance challenge.
I do hope you enjoy reading all these stories and more… and do let us know what you think.