Bargain hunters

At the annual Torque On The Move event last Saturday, participants were tested on their teamwork, creativity and motoring knowledge.
At the annual Torque On The Move event last Saturday, participants were tested on their teamwork, creativity and motoring knowledge.PHOTO: YANG

One hundred participants compete to see who can best stretch the "motoring dollar" in motoring monthly Torque's event

Singaporeans are known to have a nose for bargains, but Torque - Singapore's leading motoring monthly published by SPH Magazines - decided to put this trait to the test.

In its latest Torque On The Move - an annual telematch event held for the seventh time last Saturday - the publication pitted 100 participants in 50 cars against one another to see who was best at stretching the "motoring dollar".

The participants were flagged off from Tree Lizard Restaurant & Bar at Dempsey Hill at 9.30am.

With two team members to a car, participants had to decipher clues to arrive at four compulsory checkpoints - Komoco's Hyundai showroom, a Bridgestone store, a Hevshop workshop and the Ultimate Drive outlet in Suntec City.

At these stops, participants were tested on their teamwork, creativity and motoring knowledge. They were also quizzed on which shopping mall in Orchard Road offered free parking during certain hours, which credit cards offered discounts for petrol, and on general fuel-saving tips.

The end point was at SPH Media Centre, where the three top-scoring teams collected their prizes. They were, in order of merit, Team 39 (Mr Matthew Tai and Mr Kenneth Lim), Team 9 (Mr Anthony Soh and Mr Chen Zhaolin) and Team 8 (Mr Abel Tan and Mr Amos Tan).

The top prize, worth $5,300, consisted of a week-long drive in a selected Hyundai car, a set of Bridgestone Turanza GR-100 tyres, a two-year Hevshop VIP servicing package and exclusive passes to a Formula One driver-autograph session at the Formula One Paddock Club Lifestyle Area.

Mr Tai, 26, of the winning team said the event was "enjoyable and well-planned".

"The time spent driving around Singapore while solving various clues along the way was fun, exciting and educational," the naval officer added.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 03, 2016, with the headline 'Bargain hunters'. Print Edition | Subscribe