Origin Story of Motoring Media in Saudi Arabia

Bakur Azher’s journey started with a love affair with a Jaguar E-Type

Meet Bakur Azher of Saudi Auto, he is the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s most senior and established motoring journalist. His journey started through a love affair with a Jaguar E-Type and subsequently starting the country’s first dedicated automotive publication.

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Suzuki stories | Brown Car Guy 12032020

Latest Brown Car Guy Update 12032020 #BCGDaily

My features ‘7 Best Suzukis Ever made’ was recently posted on DriveTribe – link below – here are my greatest memories of Suzukis since I started out in motoring journalist. Includes Alto, Swift, Vitara and Jimny.

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ThrowBackThursday Nissan Maxima in Saudi Arabia

Around 1990 – me reviewing the Nissan Maxima

#ThrowBackThursday to Jeddah, KSA, around 1990, and me reviewing a Nissan Maxima. Quite an elegant thing with a lusty 3.0 V6. Biggest saloon Nissan did at the time, had sporty pretences, but lumbered with front-wheel drive. For more like this search #SSMemoirs or check this link on Instagram

A lifetime of Accord – Honda that is!

Giving back the 10th generation Honda Accord, caused me to reminisce and go right back to the beginning.

We’ve been running the 2018 Honda Accord 2.0-litre Sport Turbo over the last four weeks at Motoring Middle East. I actually didn’t have that much time with the car, but in the week leading up to its return I couldn’t help but reflect back on my own personal lifelong association with this now iconic Japanese automotive nameplate – I’ve actually driven every single generation of the car in one form or another.

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I nearly drowned reviewing this car!

Almost taking two of my mates with me – but I maintain it was their fault anyway!

I nearly drowned reviewing this car!

Back in 1991, two years on from my very first car review (the one that got me arrested) I reviewed this actual GMC Jimmy S-15. And this time I nearly drowned in it, along with two of my best buddies, who will remain unnamed even though if we had met our watery demise it would have been on them – I was only the numpty behind the wheel after all!

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The First Car Review… got me arrested!

From a Volvo test car to a Volvo Police car – it didn’t quite go to plan

The first car review Volvo 740 GLE

I’ve been writing about cars and the car industry for nearly 30 years and exactly 29 years ago, on 30 August 1989, my first ever car review was published in The Saudi Gazette. And only now am I revealing that it nearly got me jailed!

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