…And joins a meeting of a car enthusiast club.
Armed with a vial of anti eye-glazing formula (SKIII Turbo) and an open mind, I was again invited to an evening of ‘investigative journalism’.
This time, a friend asked for my esteemed company so that she could meet up with the members of the Mini Drivers Club (a car club, not that actress’ fan club) without feeling out of place. This friend, like me, is a motor moron, though she’s slightly better because she drives a manual car.
The Mini club had a members’ drive tonight, and we were told they picked all the nice winding roads in Singapore and drove for one and a half hours before they met us at the Adam Road Food Centre, where they stopped for tea, discussed the drive, and then went outside to the carpark to admire each other’s cars. Each car is different, even though each one is a Mini. Got different colour, different upholstery and dials and lights and accessories.
Being a motor moron and hence being apprehensive about all things automotive, I was guarded about being amongst these people, especially after having read stories about how these motor clubs gather at midnight and race illegally and kidnap children and sell their toys.
But it turned out to be a most civilised gathering. Nothing illegal about this assembly, even though there were more than six people and a permit wasn’t applied for. On top of that, they were nice people. (I mentioned I used to own a Mercedes Benz, and none of them choked or coughed or got up and walked off). My friend got the advice she was looking for (she’s looking to sell her Mini, so needed information about all the acronymmie things like COE, PARF, ARF & BOWWOWWOW).
So, it was an enjoyably informative evening (Mini got no power-steering one), and further proof that there are things to do in Singapore. Don’t complain bored ok? If bored, join this club, the people are nice, they go for long drives together, and they’re very helpful. Alls you need is a Mini. Did I mention my friend was selling hers? Cheap cheap. $35K with 6.5 years COE. Parf, arf I dunno. She owns a cat.