Ashraaq Wahab

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Ashraaq has always been fascinated by things that go. He's intensely passionate about cars and trains, and has a keen interest in aviation too. He dabbled in the marine sector for a bit but found ships to be too slow. He's happiest when behind the wheel of a vehicle on a test drive for a feature. Coming from a Marketing and Management background, automotive journalism and writing has been a satisfying career shift for him. Ashraaq's also a collector of model cars and trains, dabbles in vintage hi-fi (particularly vinyl and CD) and is perpetually on a 'see-food' diet.

Author's Latest Articles

Rumblings

How we tested new cars (while they were still able to be brought into the country) in just two hours!

Wearing the tag of road tester, car tester, new car tester, car journo, auto hack, you name it, is one that is looked upon with admiration by many. It's a career path I took five and a half years ago, and haven't looked back since. When asked what I do for a living, simply stating the line "I get pa...

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Panel Discussion on the current fuel quality scenario

Sri Lanka is currently facing a fuel crisis, and in addition to long queues, there are also questions arising about the quality of fuel that is dispensed. We talk to three experts from the automotive engineering field in this timely and relevant panel discussion, and they provide a wealth of informa...

Cars

1956 Jaguar Mark VII M

Jaguar’s long line-up of full-size British luxury sedans saw the Mark VII serve between 1950 and 1956 as the brand’s pinnacle four-door offering. Interestingly, Bentley already had a Mark VI model on the market, so Jaguar simply skipped from Mark V to Mark VII, and coming in at a smidge under 5 ...

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Test Drive of the Toyota Alphard

(May 2019) The Toyota Alphard is one of those lesser-known luxury passenger carriers in Sri Lanka, although it is hugely popular in countries such as Malaysia and Singapore. Check out our video review of it in which we demonstrate the many creature comforts and features....

Past Blast

1954 Triumph TR2

In 1953, the Standard Motor Company, purveyors of the Triumph brand at the time released their latest two-door two-seater roadster. Christened the TR2, it was built to replace the ageing Triumph Roadster. Interestingly, the boss of Standard at the time, Sir John Black initially tried to acquire the ...

Cars

2018 Honda Civic 1.0T SR

(JANUARY 2019) During my time with Motor, I have driven three variants of the current generation Honda Civic. The streak started with a lovely blue 1.5 Turbo RS (Aussie version, mate). A few months on, I met this car again – only this time it had been caressed gently by the hands of Honda tuning g...

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Chat with Yevan David - May 2021

Last year, Yevan David won Round 1 at the Champions of the Future karting race held in Belgium, and became the youngest Sri Lankan to win at an international-level karting event, at just 13 years of age. Shortly after his victory, we spoke to him via Zoom, which you can listen to here....

Cars

2019 Hyundai Venue

(OCTOBER 2019) According to the Oxford Learners Dictionary, a venue is a place where people meet for an organized event, for example a concert, sporting event or conference. So how does this connect to a motor vehicle, I pondered as I drove the Hyundai Venue out of the gates of Hyundai Lanka on a ca...

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Chat with Kelum Wijayawardhana

We sit down with Kelum Wijawardhana, Product Manager at Modicon Automotive, Managing Director at The Family Clinic, and Director at Limitless Productions for a chat over what drives him, how he became involved in multiple facets of the automotive industry, and why he holistically tunes cars as a hob...

Cars

Fastest Fiat 124 Spider in Sri Lanka

In 2016, Fiat debuted its revival of the classic Fiat 124 Sport Spider of the Sixties, and the automotive world was divided. You see, Fiat took the latest Mazda MX-5 and rehashed it, giving it a Fiat engine and styling meant to evoke its ancestor. The car was (it has since been discontinued) met wit...

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2019 Honda Accord 1.5T

(AUGUST 2019) The Honda Accord is among the best-selling cars in the United States – along with its arch nemesis the Toyota Camry – as well as in most other countries where it competes with its arch nemesis. Today, the tenth generation Accord is larger, more technological and spacious. But it ha...

Past Blast

Armstrong Siddeley Sapphire 346

Armstrong Siddeley was a British outfit that made two things, namely luxury cars and aircraft power-plants. This company came to be in 1919 and lasted just 41 years before being broken up and sold by 1960. We look at this fine and rare example of an Armstrong Siddeley Sapphire 346 that graces our sh...

Cars

2019 Suzuki Baleno GLX 1.0T

(JULY 2019) In 1995, Suzuki trotted out the Baleno nameplate and attached it to a variety of their cars in different markets. The Cultus was the first one to be rebadged as a Baleno, followed by the Liana Aerio and more recently the SX4. It wasn’t until 2007 that India’s Maruti Suzuki produced a...

Cars

A Copen with Bite!

Daihatsu’s second generation LA400 Copen was introduced to the world in 2014, as the automaker’s two-door kei roadster. Being a kei, it was bound by pretty strict rules including a length of no more than 3.4 metres, engine not exceeding a dinky 660cc, and most importantly, a power output of not ...

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Toyota Alphard Executive Lounge

(MAY 2019) How many ways are there to carry passengers in great comfort? Well, that depends. You could go for a top-range, top-dollar (which makes it top top top rupee) European luxury sedan from any of the major manufacturers for the sake of outright technological prowess and above all else, the st...