Scrapbook

I was going through my old stuff, trying to clear some space in my already very cluttered room. Guess what I found? I'm not sure about you lot, but as a teenager I used to keep a scrapbook and a sketchbook. I can't find my sketchbook anywhere but today I came accross my old scrapbook! I guess this was my collection of stuff that I was in to during my lower secondary years as I didn't have much time to do stuff like this in boarding school. Or did I? I don't know... I can't remember. Anyways, so what interested little 13-15 year old Afif?

I think the yellow folder came later when I started to realise that I lost some of my paper clippings

Back in the 90's the in thing with boys was MotoGP. Back then the bikes were still 500cc two stroke bikes. My hero back then was Kevin Schwantz. He still is my biking hero... hahaha... I just loved his flair when he rode. Back then there was a genuine rivalry between the riding greats, Wayne Gardener, Wayne Rainey, Schwantz and later Mick Doohan. When all the former retired there were no great rivalries in Moto GP and Mick Doohan kept on winning and I lost interest in MotoGP.



 The big sponsors in Malaysia were promoting MotoGP just as vigourously as how they are promoting F1 nowadays. Back then the Malaysian Moto GP was at the batu 3 racing track. That track is no longer there. I wonder what happened to it? I guess it's probably some expensive housing area now. Anyways, nowadays the MotoGP passes by every with relatively little fanfare.


 Adverts were quite technical to get people in the hype of motorcycle racing

 (Below left) The first two big bikes to be assembled in Malaysia (i think the Virago 535 on the top and the EN250 below, my guess) thus making biking a little bit in the reach of the average Joe. Sketches like the one on the right, below got me doing sketches of my own. At the end of my SPM exams I contemplated taking industrial design at UTM. My dad advised me otherwise. Choices choices...


In the 90's my dad had a working stint in the USA for about 3 months. One of the things he gave me when he got back was post cards of CAD designed objects, just to whet my computer design appetite. Computer design never really took off with me. At university I prefered to draw my designs and fabricate them myself.

Titan bikes fascinated me back then. I still have a soft spot for custom bikes but my head always rules and these custom bikes are technologically rather backwards. Their value is in the creativity and custom nature. Might be a nice little project to custom a Japanese cruiser. At least the japanese cruisers have technology a little more up to date.


F1 fever came to our shores a little towards the end of the 90s. Petronas started their sponsorship of the Sauber F1 team in 1995 for the 1996 season. I was in my PMR year back then and a Malaysian back team really did inspire me to become an engineer with hopes of getting into F1. Alas, God had other plans for me...


I followed the World Rally Championship (WRC) a little. The car below is the Toyota Celica WRC as driven by Juha Kankunen, the world champion at that time. Another hero of mine in WRC was Collin McRae. Too bad he died in a helicopter crash a few years back....


And who can forget the "flying sikh", our own local hero Karamjit Singh. This guy really had the tallent. I still baffled as to why his international career didn't take off. He's still racing now but unfortunately he is a bit past his prime. what a shame...


Sometime around this period Proton also purchased Lotus Cars. Here you can see our Tun Dr Mahathir (TDM) albeit a much younger TDM climbing into a first generation Lotus Elise. It was an exciting period for auto enthusiasts and automotive engineers to be back then.


They also stuck a big V8 engine into the iconic Lotus Esprit. If you were at KLIMS 2010 you would've got to catch a glimps of this car's successor. The new Esprit will have a V10 engine taken off a Lexus LFA super car. Projected performance figures are simmilar to the latter's figures. Supercar stuff.


I was already into mountainbikes since form . I've always loved the freedom of cycling. I only took the school bus until standard 4. Remember that I was only in Malaysia abit more than a year before that. Waiting for school buses annoyed me. I hate waiting. Bicycles freed me from the constraints of bus schedules. In secondary school my school was slightly further and after getting good results in my exams in form 1, I can't remember if it was mid year or final year exams, I managed to persuade my dad to buy me a mountain bike! It wasn't an expensive one but it was good enough for me. I would save up my pocket money and duit raya to upgrade the parts. A habbit I carried forward to my car and also my current mountain bike. but at that time I could only afford upgrading the minor components. The bike below was one of the bikes I dreamt to own. I still haven't bought me a dual suspension bike yet... Maybe I'll get one in the future...


Hahaha... guess what was on the final page of my scrapbook?! It was the famous 25 January 1995 Eric Cantona "Kungfu Kick". This incident made headlines that year. I was never a real football fan but back in my lower secondary school years I used to play football quite regularly and had a team that played friendly matches from time to time. When I moved to boarding school, my school didn't have a proper field so I stopped playing football and concentrated on my tennis and basketball.


So there you have it. My old scrapbook, long before the time of Google and the internet. Magazines and newspapers were the source of information. Nowadays alot more info is available just at the tips of our fingertips through the wonders of the internet. I know It makes me feel old, but boy has the world changed. Suddenly the thought of the new challenges of parenting comes to mind... Gosh... What a start to the new year by reminiscing the years gone by....