Hello 2017! Now, how do we begin…

With 2016 now gone and truly over, it’s time to look onward to a new year, a new year of hopes and dreams, of challenges and adversities. What will this new year bring upon us? I have no idea, but i do like to believe that it’ll be a good one. While most blogs and websites were busy recollecting and wrapping up 2016 just a week ago, i was too busy (or too lazy) to do any writing, preferring to enjoy my holidays with as little contact with the computer as possible.

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Looking back, politics and World issues aside, it had been a really significant year for my closest ones and myself. On the automotive front, we began the year kicking off Project944 for real, i say that because while we might have bought the car a couple of months shy of 2016, the car pretty much sat dormant until the beginning of the year.

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Imagining we could be the Singaporean equivalents of Mike and Ed from Wheeler Dealers, we went into this project full of enthusiasm and energy. A year on and with a severely busted build schedule (and budget) later, those dreams of us wheeling and dealing our way into a profit have pretty much vanished, and still, our car is not even done. I guess even Mike and Ed run into a dud every now and then.

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On the plus side, i think it’s looking a lot better than what we started off with. Though there’s still quite a lot more work to do.

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I wonder when will Project944 be eventually ready to be driven tastefully.

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In the process of the build, i managed to track down an amazingly kept example of a 944 Turbo right here on our little island. Single owner since new.

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As well as some less than stellar cars…

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Cars & Kopi soldiered on well through the year with meets still held every other month. Perhaps we should increase the frequency of our C&K meets?

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Chiro even joined in once in a while… Though he didn’t seem that interested in the cars.

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I tried to once again kickstart the local BMW-SG club meet but with a rather lacklustre turnout (again), i don’t think it’ll be happening again.

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2016 also saw us have privy to a wonderful selection of lovely autos from Nostalgic Garage.

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We also had the opportunity to crash a Porsche party.

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The year also saw our well-liked 1-Series Silver lining leave the household and in it’s place, a 1-Series Cabriolet arrived.

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On a more personal note, we managed to put aside some time for a fantastic holiday to Melbourne Australia with a Great Ocean Road trip thrown in. Maybe i should do a couple of write ups on our trip in the near future!

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Great food, amazing scenery, friendly people and lovely weather. It’s quite hard to not fall in love with Melbourne, i’m longing to go back.

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While we were there, i carved out a little bit of time to visit Dutton Garage as well. It was petrolhead heaven and probably a contender for one of the Automotive wonders of the World.

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This place is petrolhead heaven and probably a contender for one of the Automotive wonders of the World.

With our work schedules and personal commitments keeping us rather busy for most of the year, it would be rather silly to take on even more responsibilities but that’s what we pretty much did towards the tail end of 2016.

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That’s right, we (by we, i mean my girlfriend) took over (half actually, it’s a partnership) a local Dog Hotel, Dearmutt! We love our doggies and deciding to put that energy into a business run by passion, my girlfriend sunk in a considerable amount of her own savings and our weekends have never been the same ever since!

Looks like 2017 will be a busy year. Next week, Tokyo beckons.

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