This month, among our test drives we bring you the Nissan 370Z – a true sports car by any measure. Although launched in 2008, we only have had a couple of cars coming to our shores. And better late than never, we bring you this test drive to keep your adrenalin pumping.
Season 3 of MoTORQUE, Sri Lanka’s own home-grown motoring program is up and running from this month. During Season 3 we are set to bring you some exiting stuff including viewer interaction… and even a chance for you to present your own car on television!
Previously I have given you an idea of what it takes to be a writer for the Motor magazine. As I said, contrary to what some of you may think, our great team of writers often burn the midnight oil in this business, trying to bring you the most interesting angle of an article - be it a Test Drive, a Pro-File feature or Motor Sports.
Producing a television program on motoring on the other hand, provides us a brand new set of challenges compared to producing a magazine. To have about ten minutes of footage for a television feature of a car for example, first we need to take the car to a place where the traffic density is low, and there are no three-wheelers and motorcycles darting in and out … in and around Colombo! You know how much of a challenge that is. So we still have not even taken our camera equipment out. Then we look for the best angles, work out the logistics of moving shots, mount cameras on the car, find locations for stationery shots, and record the presenters’ story-line – mostly while the car is being driven! And here in Colombo these days, we have another very real challenge. The heat! Yes we are mostly out there in the searing heat of the day… and when the weather turns, we have a new set of challenges to face because of the rain!
So to get ten minutes of television footage, we need to be at it for about four hours. Then we need to take the footage to the studio and edit it. Again it is not unusual to take around four hours to edit a segment (of ten minutes). So the total time spent on a ten-minute television segment of a car is about eight hours!
All this will never be achieved unless the team is enthusiastic about what they are doing. Yes we at Motor and MoTORQUE have a great team. We work hard, but at the same time we enjoy our work.
One little piece of advice before I sign off, both for you and your loved ones. Always… always buckle up! Especially children should be properly buckled up in their Child Seat (only). And if you are riding on two wheels, maximum of two persons only… and that with helmets on. That little bit of “inconvenience” may ultimately save a life!
So happy reading of Motor and viewing of MoTORQUE… and hope you have a great Traditional New Year.