Come Drive With Me, Let’s Drive, Let’s Drive Away

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1,000km from Singapore to Kuantan on Mazda’s June holiday driveaway. Plus, baby turtles!

What: Mazda Driveaway 2017, an annual holiday driving adventure for its many devoted customers.

Where: 1,000km from Singapore to Club Med Cherating Beach (north of Kuantan) and back, via Kluang and Tangkak.

Who: 168 Participants, including customers, organisers, Mazda staff and technicians

How: 59 Mazda models that ran the gamut from the humble 2, to the luxurious 6, to the spacious Biante, and everything in between

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All participants looking wide-eyed and bushy-tailed despite the 5am start time.

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Err, not the kind of donut you’d normally associate with cars…

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The Driveaway coincided with the birthdays of some of the participants. Naturally, there was cake involved.

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Another day in paradise.

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We found a fantastic spot along Berserah Beach where, if the tide is out, you can drive right onto the sands.

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Although this looks like cruel and unusualy torture, it was Club Med, where there was no shortage of activities, from a gymnastics class for kids…

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… To pool activities…
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… To trapeze lessons…

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… To yoga classes, and many more

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Naturally, the huge swathes of pristine sands are one of the key attractions of Club Med Cherating Beach.

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Another major highlight of the trip was a visit to Cherating Turtle Sanctuary, where everyone had the opportunity to release baby turtles into the sea. 

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WELL AREN’T YOU THE CUTEST LITTLE FELLA. Our little friend here stalled on the start line for a while, but eventually skittered into the water after some prodding from us.

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Everyone assembles for a group photo before chiong-ing back to Singapore to beat the Sunday evening traffic jams.

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Reaching the 2nd Link just in time to catch the sunset.

about the author

Jon Lim
CarBuyer's staff writer was its fourth historical Jonathan. Old-fashioned in all but body, he thinks car design peaked in the '90s and is enthusiastic about vintage cars and old machinery.