#joyofdriving: Heading for the hills on the last weekend of the year

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Great minds think alike, or so I like to think. Over the years, I’ve developed a sense of joy when it comes to driving. A decade ago, it was safe to say that I only enjoyed behind the wheel was going fast in a straight line. But as I learned more about automobiles, my social circles widened, I was introduced to more car clubs and groups and, naturally, started participating in weekend runs up the hills. Slowly but surely, I started to enjoy the other forms of driving.

Some of my friends will remember the first few times they brought me up the Ulu Yam route. I would require Waze location points in the early morning which could lead me to the meeting-up location (usually at the Petronas station), but I would also have to tail them to get home, as I wouldn’t know my correct exit off Karak highway. Shameful!

These days, I prefer heading for the hills alone. Partially because I can be a bit of an anti-social character, but also because driving solo allows me to just rest my brain, relax and unwind. Also, I am wary of large groups that head up — over the years, I’ve seen my fair share of accidents, many of which were due to unfamiliarity with other people’s driving styles. Just because the car ahead of you can carve a corner at high speed, does it mean you will be able to achieve the same. Every car and every human element behind each machine, have different thresholds.

I’ve said it before so I’ll say it again — there are no prizes at the end of the journey. Leave no man behind, but do go at your own comfortable pace. Never carry an ego. Despite how fast of a driver you think you are, there will always be someone who is faster than you. Occasionally, you’ll have to use that mushy brain inside your skull, especially when it comes to the task of overtaking.

Naturally, I spent the last weekend of 2018 making my way up to Gohtong via Ulu Yam. Alone. It helped that I had a bit of a fun car to hoon (more of that in a later post) — so I ended up heading for the hills on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. And as I discovered, I wasn’t ever really alone because there were plenty of other great minds. It was refreshing to see so many people from so many different walks of life, just man and their machines, going for a weekend drive.

So cheers to 2019 and here’s to wishing us all a fantastic year ahead.

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From supercar spotting on the streets of Kuala Lumpur, Won has moved onto the realms of motoring journalism since 2011. He has a keen eye for automotive photography, a penchant for fast cars, and the occasional hunger for munching corners.

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