Another year comes to an end, and another fantastic year for us at Motor. And I’m sure you, our reader would have enjoyed what we brought you by way of Car Culture in the past year – and indeed in the past 23+ years!
Talking of Car Culture, a childhood fascination with cars and indeed anything that has wheels, resulted in my becoming the car nut – and the editor of this magazine – that I am. In fact my first “memory” is of a car. That is, on my first birthday(!) my parents took me to Donald’s Studio in Maradana to get a portrait photo taken. (In case you are wondering why one would go to a studio to take a photo; that was how it was done during the time of black & white photos and film rolls). At the studio there were many props, and among the props was a pedal car (a J40 as I got to know later). I insisted that I sit in the J40, and had a bit of a tantrum when I was asked to sit on a stool instead. To pacify the brat, I was given a tin-toy Buick 8 to hang on to. I still have that black & white photo of me holding on to the Buick 8! So yes, insisting that I sit in the J40 is my first “memory”. Needless to say everything in my life since then has revolved around cars. As a kid of maybe 6 years old I was sent to the week-end Art Classes conducted by famous Sri Lankan artist (Mudaliyar) A C G S Amarasekera. I can vividly remember the incidence where Mr Amarasekera wanted each one of us in the class to draw a picture of a village scene in Sri Lanka. So yes I drew the scene with a cadjan-thatched house, a road in front of the house and a car on the road. Mr Amarasekera took one look at my sketch, sat at my desk, erased the car and replaced it with a bullock cart!
Fast forward to 1995, I changed my career as an accountant/tax auditor in Australia, to start the Motor magazine in Sri Lanka! The rest as they say is history.
We at Motor have a great team – dedicated to the cause of motoring and indeed to finding solutions to the associated problem of unruly traffic on our roads. To that end we had a very successful Road Users’ Think Tank (RUTT) meeting on the 23rd October. However all our RUTT plans are temporarily on hold due to the political impasse that has currently been created in our country; as we believe that no changes in policy etc would be entertained by any institution until the situation improves. By January however, we surely would have a clearer picture, and would be able to carry our plans forward.
So sit back and relax with this Issue of Motor where we bring you stories from far and wide – all related to motoring or travel of course.
In the meantime, hope you all have a great Festive Season; and remember – plan your trips in advance and if you drink, make sure you have a designated driver to drive you back – or better still catch a cab!