Looking back at 2017

The good (mostly cars), the bad (mostly Trump), the future (mostly hope!)

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My favourite photos of 2017

Looking back at what I thought were my best pics of the year

Lancia Flaminio at Gulf Concours

Two pics from the 2017 Gulf Concours at the Burj Al Arab in December. The above Lancia Flaminio, because I love the way this composition and the colours worked out. And below…

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20 Love Quotes for 20th Anniversary on 20th

Shaadi Ki Bees Sal Baad…

Happy 20th Anniversary

Remember in the old Bollywood movies from the 70s and 80s, there was always that ‘Bees Sal Baad’ edit where suddenly everything in the movie would change? Everyone would be older or all grown up. The characters would have different lives, the very mood of the movie would change.

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SRT in London: Mind the China, Dear.

What’s the most out-of-place thing, in an out-of-place place, you can out-of-place? Well in for a penny, in for a pound, as they say. A lot of pounds!

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT in London

Minding our own business, we were just crossing the road one dark night, me and the fam. The Green Cross Man merrily blinked on and beckoned, and the bus had come to a complete halt beside us. The road was empty otherwise.

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Rousing Speech for Car Meets!

Feel free to copy and reuse this!

Back in 2013 for our last Motoring Middle East Car Meet in Dubai’s Festival City, we had poured all our efforts into creating a well-organised event, and as such had a large contingent of volunteers and staff helping us out. For a pre-event briefing I prepared and delivered a speech to rally the troops and get them in the mood.

MME Car Meet Speech 2013

The speech was never reproduced anywhere else, but I came across it recently on my computer. So here it is, published for the first time. And with the new Car Meet season soon upon us here in the Middle East, I welcome and invite all organisers to reuse it for their own events. Believe me, I know what it’s like. Good luck!

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Automotive PR in the GCC – You Need Help

‘That bloody Shahzad, just cause he’s run some PR training and workshops in the past, he thinks he knows it all.

Press and PR

‘We have certifications and qualifications, we have cool hipster offices with desk toys and thinking rooms, we have schmoozing accounts, German cars (not our client’s makes) and Very Nice Hair. He doesn’t even have a clue!’

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