When I told my friend about Subaru’s female stunt driver search, his immediate reply was, “Aren”t all females stunt drivers?” As much as it was an offensive insult, I couldn’t help but laugh because females IN GENERAL aren’t exactly the best in driving.
But the six ladies I met today at the F1 pit building car park next to the Singapore Flyer proved that not ALL females are bad drivers and I admire them stepping up to the challenge.
Out of the 10 who signed up initially, only six turned up, with the other four citing reasons like “scared” and “nervous”.
Basically, the six of them were put through two rounds of competition in a Subaru Impreza 1.5R Automatic – a gymkhana to test their driving skills and an obstacle course of forward and reverse slaloms, reverse parking, lane changing and U-turns to be completed in the fastest time.
Judging criteria included precision, accuracy, control of car, judgment and driving aptitude. There was quite a clear winner after the first segment. Tan Su-Anne, 30, mother of one, is a very confident lady. With ardent support from her 22-month-old daughter and her hubby, she took on the course bravely.
“My hubby was the one who read about this challenge and asked me to take part. He knows I love driving and to him, I”m the best driver in the world. I”ve been driving for 11 years and I only drive manual cars. I think I am a good driver and I”m happy to have won,” said Su-Anne, who has only ever attended a brief defensive driving course by Mitsubishi in 2008.
Having won the challenge, Su-Anne will undergo stunt driver training and potentially earn a chance to represent Subaru at events as their female stunt driver. Coincidentally, Su-Anne”s daily drive is a Subaru Impreza 1.6 Manual.
Coming in second and third respectively were Jean Tan, a 21-year-old customer service officer who was very reluctant to participate in this when her boyfriend signed up for her, and Angelique Lim, a 32-year-old marketing manager whose husband feels drives better than him.
For the full story, look out for the next issue of 9tro in December!