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That Lewis Hamilton magic
by BACKSEAT DRIVER By Manny Delos Reyes - April 18, 2007 - 12:00am
Being a long-time F1 fan in general, I’ve never really been into one single driver at any given time. In fact, I thrive on rivalries rather on dominations....
A more than incovenient truth
by BACKSEAT DRIVER By Manny Delos Reyes - February 7, 2007 - 12:00am
Waking up to a delightfully chilly 17o Celsius these mornings, it’s hard for us Manilans to be unduly alarmed by a recently released scientific report stating...
The 10 best things you can do for your car this 2007 (and any year for that matter)
by BACKSEAT DRIVER By Manny Delos Reyes - January 3, 2007 - 12:00am
Happy new year, everyone! Not only is this the first Backseat Driver column of the year, I write this on the very first day of the year, the 1st of January 2007! And you know what we do at the start of every...
Quality talk
by BACKSEAT DRIVER By Manny Delos Reyes - November 22, 2006 - 12:00am
When the global car industry (heck even the electronics, finance, telecom, insurance, healthcare, homes and travel industries on a worldwide scale) talks about quality, all eyes focus on what J.D. Power has...
Quality talk
by BACKSEAT DRIVER By Manny Delos Reyes - November 22, 2006 - 12:00am
When the global car industry (heck even the electronics, finance, telecom, insurance, healthcare, homes and travel industries on a worldwide scale) talks about quality, all eyes focus on what J.D. Power has...
Schumacher – A Tribute to a Great Champion
by BACKSEAT DRIVER By Manny Delos Reyes - October 25, 2006 - 12:00am
A fairytale ending to Formula 1’s most amazingly successful career "wasn’t meant to be" after a puncture cost 7-time world champion Michael Schumacher any chance of winning on his Brazilian...
Driving the novel Mercedes-Benz B-class
by BACKSEAT DRIVER By Manny Delos Reyes - September 13, 2006 - 12:00am
To most of us, when we think Mercedes-Benz, we think four-door sedan. Sure, we’ve had a smattering of largely gray market convertibles and coupes for the past few decades; but for the most part, the Mercedes-Benz...
Simon sez (or more specifically, what would Simon Cowell say)
by BACKSEAT DRIVER By Manny Delos Reyes - May 31, 2006 - 12:00am
Well, American Idol has wrapped up for this season but if there’s one thing still ringing more loudly than the lilting singing of finalist Katharine McPhee or the soulful crooning of eventual winner Taylor Hicks,...
From Matchboxes to Cars of the Year
by BACKSEAT DRIVER By Manny Delos Reyes - February 15, 2006 - 12:00am
We’re a little over halfway through the grueling weekend testfests in Antipolo to determine the 2nd Car of the Year — Philippines and it’s only now that I realized something that has been a part of...
It’s Car of the Year time again
by BACKSEAT DRIVER By Manny Delos Reyes - January 11, 2006 - 12:00am
The year 2005 was a momentous one for both the Philippine automotive industry and the motoring beat that covers it as cars and trucks from just about every local manufacturer and distributor passed through the hands...
Return of the Hatchback
by BACKSEAT DRIVER By Manny Delos Reyes - November 30, 2005 - 12:00am
I’ve always had a soft spot for hatchbacks. Compared to the more formal sedans, hatchbacks, at least for me, were always the embodiment of practicality and youthfulness. Carmakers often marketed hatchbacks as...
An Anguished Cry
by BACKSEAT DRIVER By Manny Delos Reyes - September 21, 2005 - 12:00am
It’s the type of press con most of us motoring journos would rather not attend. Absent from this one event held at the Makati Shangri-La last Wednesday was the usual pomp and pageantry that accompanies most...
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