Me And My Car: Form and function

Mr Rene Tan appreciates how easy it is to drive and park the BMW 523i, which is equipped with parking sensors and reverse camera.
Mr Rene Tan appreciates how easy it is to drive and park the BMW 523i, which is equipped with parking sensors and reverse camera.PHOTO: COURTESY OF RENE TAN

Architect Rene Tan is into his third BMW - a 523i sedan which he bought in 2011

When Mr Rene Tan was growing up in Penang in the 1970s, family outings were done in an MG Midget - a two-seater convertible - which his father still owns today.

The 55-year-old architect recalls the family of four squeezing into the tiny car, "with me crouched into a ball in a small space in the rear and my younger sister on my mum's lap" in the passenger seat.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 23, 2019, with the headline 'Form and function'. Print Edition | Subscribe