Nimal Wimalasuriya

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Nimal has been a car nut for as long as he can remember. In fact his first "memory" is of a car... a Buick 8 tin plate toy in fact, which he held while a photographer took a photo of him on his 1st birthday! Even though he is an accountant by profession, he was always involved in things related to bikes, cars and motoring as a hobby. During his late twenties when working in Australia, Nimal would buy cars that were imminently going to fail the Yearly Registration Inspection - and was too expensive for workshops to rectify - repair them by himself and get them through the registration inspection. At age 40, it was almost natural progression for Nimal to give up his cushy accountant's (Tax Professional) job and turn his hobby into his profession! Thus the Motor magazine was born. If you ask Nimal now if that was the right decision to make; he would say there is nothing more satisfying in this world that he would rather be doing.

Author's Latest Articles

Rumblings

How old is too old?

Buying an older car has been tempting for many in Sri Lanka, not because of anything else, but due to the skyrocketing prices when new cars were being imported; and now because of the ongoing ban on importation of cars. We’re not talking about vintage or classic cars here, but instead older vehicl...

MoTorque

Test Drive of the Jaguar I Pace

Jaguar's I Pace is the brand's first electric SUV, and when we heard that the agents had brought down one of these stealthy cats, we had to get behind the wheel. Check out our test drive video....

Rumblings

Traffic Lights on Show!

Before the world gained access to widespread electricity, traffic lights and other roadside lighting like street lights were powered by gas and flame… And they had actually been around quite a bit before cars came into the picture. They started out as a means to provide signaling of railroad activ...

Past Blast

Harry Potter's Ride on Steroids!

The Ford Anglia 105E – the fourth generation - was introduced in 1959. Until the introduction of the 105E, Anglias and Prefects shared the same mechanicals and shared very similar bodies – except that the Prefects were four-door while the Anglias were two-door. However, with the 105E, Ford took ...

Cars

2019 Jaguar i-Pace

(NOVEMBER 2019) When you first set your eyes on the i-Pace, the first question that comes to mind… is it a car or is it an SUV. But when you start driving it; and indeed if you are lucky to be living with one, you will soon realize that it is neither a car nor an SUV. It is indeed a crossover. And...

Rumblings

Brothers in Racing

Brothers Rodney and Jeffrey Mason hail from a motoring / motor racing family. Their father was the renowned Edward (Bugs) Mason. In fact Bugs is a nick-name given to the late Edward by the motor Sports fraternity - probably in the 1950’s. Many think that he was called Bugs because the “Bug Fiat...

News

Classic Sunday Drive & Meetup

The longest running monthly Classic Sunday Run event in Sri Lanka has been happening continuously for some 20 years. The organizer of this event is Classic Car enthusiast and collector Damascene Fernando, who has the support of a growing population of classic car enthusiasts who include restorers, c...

Motor Sports

MINI Race Drivers Remember Departed Fellow Racers

The vibrant MINI racing community lost two of their ardent racing colleagues – K. Balasingham and Hafiz Cader - within the past one year. Hence all the MINIs at the recent Katukuurunda race-meet carried a tribute sticker that said “Bala & Hafiz - Gone, but not forgotten”. A heartfelt remembran...

Cars

2020 Mahindra KUV100 K6+

Is it a mini SUV or is it a hatchback? From having lived with it for 4+ days, I’d say it is a crossover. SUV because it has high ground clearance and some utilitarian features like the rear seat that converts to a utilitarian flat-bed. Hatchback because its…a hatchback!...

Rumblings

Fifty Years of Alfasud

This month (August 2021) we dedicate a major portion of our magazine to Alfa Romeo’s first front wheel drive car; the Alfasud; as the model celebrates 50 years of existence. I myself am the owner of one of four survivors in Sri Lanka – a fifth car is currently being restored....

Cars

The Alfasud Story

This is the story of four Alfa Romeo Alfasuds (possibly five) that beat the odds and survived in the hot, humid, tropical climate of Sri Lanka. For the “uninitiated” the Alfasud (refered by enthusiasts as Sud) could just be another conventional older fast-back type car with pretty lines. But on...

Past Blast

1952 MG TD

The MG T-Type is a series of body-on-frame open two-seater sports cars that were produced by MG from 1936 to 1955. The series included the MG TA, MG TB, MG TC, MG TD, and MG TF Midget models. The last of these models, the TF, was replaced by the MGA. Although the design was similar to contemporary c...

Cars

Mighty Mini Club Celebrates International Moke Day

After a long period of self-imposed hibernation due to Covid-19, the Mighty Mini Club of Sri Lanka recently organized and conducted a Drive to commemorate “International Moke Day”. While giving priority to Mokes on this drive, other Mini owners were also invited to participate. Hence a total o...

Cars

Vintage Car Club Colombo Drive

The Vintage Car Owners’ Club (VCOC) recently organized a Sunday run that was run within Colombo. The weather “held” for the morning and it was a fine day – compared to the constant heavy down-pours of the several weeks prior to that. ...