JORDAN RYAN from down under!
He was the lucky one picked from the correct entries and will be receiving the first ever CTravelBox!
Jordan, I will be in touch with you soon.
The most commonly asked question I get these days from my friends and readers is: “Which part of the world are you in now?” My first reaction is to smile, as they go on to comment how they find it hard to keep up with my schedule. Some friends, most of them actually, simply turn to my blog and Facebook updates to know what I’m up to.
Indeed, this year the intensity of my travel has increased and I am very grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given to go abroad and cover the various car and motorsport events to bring home to my readers, which includes you reading this right now.
To reward you lovely readers for being there with me as I switch among the various timezones, I have a special CTravelBox for you! Initially I thought of keeping the contents of the box a secret and let the lucky reader be nicely surprised, but since this is the first time I’m doing this, I will just show you what is inside you will have a rough idea of what future CTravelBoxes might have!
So.. ta-daa! Presenting the first CTravelBox to be given away…
What’s a CTravelBox? It’s basically just a box of stuff with little souvenirs from the different places that I’ve travelled to! For instance, the DRIFTER chocolate is from London, the Sparco keyholder from Italy, the Martini Racing Australia stickers from Australia (duh), the oriental flavoured Pocky and Pretz (+the Panda cookie and oolong tea biscuits) are from China, as well as the Audi R8 LMS Cup from China! For a local touch, I will be adding my CHERYL TAY stickers too, LOL! (Read to the end on how to win the first ever CTravelBox.)
If you haven’t been following my updates that closely and have no idea where I’ve been, let me tell you…
The month of August has been exceptionally busy for me as I covered four countries in three weeks – I went from the United Kingdom to Italy to Australia and to China. As I’m writing this, I just got back from China and will be home in Singapore for a week before I go off to Malaysia for the next race.
I flew in to London around the same time that the 2012 Olympics Games were starting, but no, I was not there for the Games. I spent a night in London, before driving up to Coventry to visit Lifeline Fire & Safety Systems. While still in Coventry, I also visited the Coventry Transport Museum. Coventry is the birthplace of the British cycle and motor industry, until it went downhill after World War II.
Driving back to London, I then took a flight to Frankfurt Airport from Heathrow, to get on the flight to Turin, Italy.
Turin also has some automotive heritage, home to carmaker FIAT, which stands for Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino and means Italian Automobile (manu)Factory Turin in English. I spent a day at the Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile (National Automobile Museum) of Turin and the rest of my time in Turin was spent with Sparco, the brand name in motorsports that every enthusiast would know of. I went to their main facility in Volpiano where the offices and warehouses are, along with the customised suit production department, as well as their carbon composite facility nearby.
Flying back to London from Turin, I headed back to Singapore and only had about five hours for a turnaround as I went home to unpack and pack for my next flight out to Sydney. That was about four countries in 24 hours if you think about it!
I’ve not been to Sydney before and this time I was there for the World Time Attack Challenge! This is a major motorsport event down under and I was really thrilled to be there. Held at Eastern Creek, the main event is the Time Attack Challenge where drivers compete across three categories – Clubsprint, Open and Pro – in the day, before the Tectaloy International Drift Challenge at night. Extending my stay in Australia, I went on to Melbourne next, where I interviewed Martini Racing Australia and also met 73-year-old Barrie Crocker, father of Australian rally driver Cody Crocker, who is still actively racing and tuning cars, and a long-time customer of Martini Racing Australia.
From the chills of Sydney and Melbourne, I was home in Singapore for one night before making my way to Ordos via Shanghai.
Tucked somewhere on barren desert land, the Ordos International Circuit welcomed drivers from the Audi R8 LMS Cup, China Touring Car Championship, Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Asia and Formula Pilota. At the invite of Audi, I was given the privilege to interview some of the drivers from the Audi R8 LMS Cup, including Hong Kong superstar Aaron Kwok, former F1 driver Alex Yoong of Malaysia and Marchy Lee, a leading GT racing driver from Hong Kong too.
As I’m writing this, I am finally home in my bed which I’ve not seen for three weeks, except for that one night before going to China. I have about a week before I go off to the next race in Malaysia – the 12-hour Malaysia Merdeka Endurance Race at the end of August. I will keep working hard to bring you more coverage from around the world, which you can read from my website. Meanwhile, these travelling opportunities would not have been possible without the generosity and kind support of DWA Lubricants (distributor of Sparco and Lifeline in Singapore), Martini Racing Australia and Cosmic Performance, as well as Audi Sport Customer Racing China.
How to win the CTravelBox?
Simply answer this question: During the time that Cheryl Tay was away for much of August, what major change was going on back in Singapore for her? (*Hint: What’s my favourite colour?)
Send your entries in to firstname.lastname@example.org before 31 August 2012, 2359 hours with your name, DOB, mailing address, contact number and email address. This contest is open worldwide and postage will be covered by me. The winner will be randomly hand-drawn from the correct entries. GOOD LUCK!