The Amazing Journey from selling old mags in India to PR for FCA in Dubai
In this episode I chat to my good buddy, Neville Darukhanawalla. A self-confessed automotive buff, Neville Jal Darukhanawalla has been associated with cars and bikes since his school days in the late 1980s. A two-time national champion, racing scooters in his native India, he has raced in different forms of motorcycle sport – road racing, motocross, rallies, flat track, trials and what have you. A massive fan of Formula One and MotoGP – in fact, of all forms on motor racing, he believes that racing improves the breed.
He was the team leader of a marathon expedition crossing the inhospitable Sahara Desert in 1990 – on a 100cc scooter, no less – traversing north to south from Morocco, Algeria, Niger and onto Nigeria, a distance of nearly 10,000kms. With a total trip time of 28 days, he led his teammates for a collective riding time of 17 days as they overcame all that nature, man and machine could throw at them with aplomb.
A motoring journalist since 1987, he switched over to the other side in 2008 and was, till last year, looking after public/press relations at Fiat Chrysler Middle East as the PR Manager. He is always looking out for adventure and making new friends. Affable, helpful, inviting and always acceptable to criticism – he is always approachable and ready to talk things automotive and otherwise too!