It took a kidney transplant operation to alter businessman Kenny Tham’s outlook on life.
It was in 2009, when the 58-year-old’s kidneys failed due to a extreme dysfunction. His spouse and business accomplice, Jenny, 53, was his organ donor.
“I owe my second chance in life to my wife,” he says.
After the transplant, Mr Tham scaled down his trucking business and commenced spending extra time along with his household. The couple have a 23-year-old daughter, Sherlyn, who is a medical pupil.
His style in vehicles modified regularly too. Previously, his purchases have been motivated primarily by household and business wants, and revolved round fashions such because the Mazda 323, Honda Accord, Mercedes-Benz E200 and Lexus ES300.
In 2015, he purchased his first leisure automobile – a 1955 Morris Minor, a automobile he says “is my link to the past”. His father, a cabby, owned a Morris.
Mr Tham paid $35,000 for the restored British automobile, which he intends to maintain by extending its present certificates of entitlement, which is able to expire subsequent 12 months.
His newest “toy” is a Mitsuoka Himiko, a two-seater with a detachable hardtop. Supposedly considered one of solely 9 in Singapore, the Himiko appealed to him as a result of “it’s a modern car with a retro look”.
According to Land Transport Authority figures, there are fewer than 40 Mitsuoka vehicles on the street right here. Mitsuoka Motors is a small Japanese producer specialising in unconventionally styled, hand-built vehicles, a few of which imitate the look of British vehicles from the 1950s and 1960s.
For occasion, the Himiko – launched in 2010 – resembles the Morgan roadsters of outdated. But beneath, it’s a fashionable Mazda MX-5.
The Himiko was barely a 12 months outdated when Mr Tham purchased it in March final 12 months for $200,000. He was informed the earlier proprietor paid $270,000 for it.
Mr Tham says the intense yellow sports activities automobile “never fails to attract attention” and that he has made new pals due to it.
Once, a five-year-old neighbour “was so fascinated by the car that he pleaded with his mother to ask me for a joy ride”.
“I was happy to fulfil his wish,” Mr Tham provides.
The automobile fanatic takes his Morris and Himiko for leisure drives recurrently, often on weekends, describing such spins as “my relax time”.
His daughter drives the Himiko too. “Probably more than me,” Mr Tham, who additionally has a BMW ActiveHybrid 7-series, says.
Asked if he intends so as to add different vehicles to his assortment, he says with amusing that the strange-looking Mitsuoka Orochi, which is styled like a serpent, has caught his eye. He has but to trace one down – the automobile is kind of uncommon. However, he’s in no hurry, as he says he’s having quite a lot of enjoyable along with his two retro rides.
• The author contributes to Torque, a motoring month-to-month revealed by SPH Magazines.